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ND Matters - April 2015

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North Dakota is making headlines! Here's a few of our favorites from last month.

Dalrymple Announces Significant Funding for Grand Sky

Gov. Jack Dalrymple said an additional $2.5 million in state funds is now available to further develop the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems (UAS) business and aviation park on the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Dalrymple Announces Significant Funding for Grand Sky - ND Governor's Office

Research ND Awards Funding Requests Totaling $1,729,103

The North Dakota Centers of Excellence Commission awarded funding requests for seven Research ND Grant totaling $1,729,103 at its meeting held April 16, 2015. Research ND promotes the development and commercialization of products and processes through industry/university research partnerships.

Research ND Awards Funding Requests Totaling $1,729,103 - ND Commerce

Forbes Profiles North Dakota Tourism's Legendary Impact on the State's Image

Forbes recently profiled research done by Longwoods International examining the impact North Dakota Tourism’s “Legendary” marketing campaign has had on the state’s economic development image. 

Forbes Profiles North Dakota Tourism's Legendary Impact on the State's Image - ND Commerce

NDSU Team Succeeds in New Pacemaker Technology

An eclectic team of medical personnel, animal experts, electrical engineering professors and graduate students recently gathered on the North Dakota State University campus to test a prototype for a cardiac pacemaker that works without wires or batteries.

NDSU Team Succeeds in New Pacemaker Technology - The Daily Republic

State Grant Program for Early Childhood Education Established

Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed into law Senate Bill 2151, establishing a state grant program for early childhood education. The bill provides $3 million in state grants to certified pre-kindergarten programs that serve low-income children.

State Grant Program for Early Childhood Education Established - ND Governor's Office

2015 Governor's Travel and Tourism Awards Announced

Six Governor’s Travel and Tourism Awards recognizing outstanding leaders in North Dakota’s tourism industry were presented as part of the 2015 North Dakota Travel and Tourism Conference in Minot. “North Dakota’s tourism industry is making significant contributions to our communities and state, and plays an integral role in the growth and strength of our economy,” said Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

2015 Governor's Travel and Tourism Awards Announced - ND Commerce Tourism Division

Find the Good Life in North Dakota
The Find the Good Life in North Dakota initiative and Commerce's Tourism Division have partnered and will soon be showcased in a Delta Sky Magazine profile in July 2015. The feature will include 3 or more pages of editorial content, along with 2 full page ads, plus a follow up full page ad to be placed before January 2016. The Delta Sky website will feature a Sky Extra video on North Dakota and include 6 months of ads and inclusion in their iPad application. Businesses in North Dakota will be approached to be a part of the profile, which will result in more editorial content for North Dakota.
To participate in the Delta Sky Profile, business ad rates begin around $2,000. For more information contact Sara Otte Coleman.
Circulation- Sky Magazine:  604,892
Readership Sky Magazine: 5,390,000
When does it run:  The month of July, in seat pockets for 31 days
What does it cost: Rates will start at around $2,000

Additional 2015 Workforce and HR Conference Keynote Speaker Announced
We’ve all experienced that moment when, traveling our journey of life, the road takes a sudden, unexpected turn, and our life’s GPS announces, “Recalculating!”  For most of us, these sharp turns are laden with a certain discomfort or even dread of what might lie ahead.  This fun, upbeat, and interactive session is chock-full of practical, take-home strategies, based on current research into how to face times of uncertainty with strength, wisdom, and creativity. The next time your life’s GPS announces, “Recalculating!” you’ll be looking forward to the opportunity, not anticipating the worst. To learn more about Brenda or other keynotes visit

New Professionals Day
May 11, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Bismarck - North Dakota Department of Commerce

The New Professional's Day is an opportunity for local economic development professionals, community leaders involved in economic development, new Commerce employees and others to learn more about the Department of Commerce. The Commerce leadership team and program managers meet with attendees to discuss their needs and interests, and how Commerce programs and services may help their efforts. Contact Jill Schwab at 701-328-5312 to register or for more details.      

2015 Bloggers and Writers Workshop
June 4th, 2015
Fort Lincoln State Park, Mandan, ND

Join us the night before the workshop for a Downtown Bismarck experience the evening of Wednesday, June 3rd. We will welcome author, writer and filmmaker Joe Baur to join us and share his experience as a travel writer/blogger. There is a block of rooms reserved in downtown Bismarck at the Radisson Inn. Visit to find out more information and to register for this exciting event!

Governor's Workforce & HR Conference
September 16-17, 2015
Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND

For the third year in a row, Governor Jack Dalrymple, the North Dakota Department of Commerce and the North Dakota Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) are collaborating to host this two-day event. This interactive conference will showcase practical, demand-driven solutions for today's workforce challenges.

For questions, contact Amanda Remynse at 701-328-7264 or visit


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