ED&F Team

Medium

The North Dakota Department of Commerce leads the state's efforts to attract, retain and expand economic wealth. Charged with coordinating and focusing the state's economic development resources, the business development team works closely with national and local partners to accomplish that task.

Business incentives, government accessibility, and workforce performance, combined with North Dakota's favorable position as one of the lowest cost states for operating a business, are driving top companies to establish operations in North Dakota. The Economic Development and Finance division provides full service site location, incentive packaging and business liaison assistance.

ED&F Team

Medium

Rich Garman

 

Rich Garman
Director
701-328-5344
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Medium

Joleen Leier
701-328-2469
Executive Assistant


Business/Community Development

VACANT
Deputy Director/Energy Developer

Brian Opp
701-328-7267
Technological Systems Business Development Manager

Kevin Sonsalla
701-328-5323
Value-added Ag Business Development Manager

David Lehman
701-328-5378
Advanced Manufacturing Business Development Manager

Tom Oakland
701-328-5392
Energy & Economic Coordination Office Manager


Innovation/ND Development Fund

Shayden Akason
701-328-4563
Head of Investment and Innovation

Carla Valentine
701-328-3698
Program Manager

Jessica Nygaard
701-328-7251
North Dakota Development Fund CEO

Hannah Lange
701-328-7254
North Dakota Development Fund Venture Financing Manager

Samantha Mattson
701-328-7252
North Dakota Development Fund Venture and Credit Analyst