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ND Matters - January 2016

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

North Dakota Named Best Run State in Nation for Fourth Consecutive Year

North Dakota was credited with being the best run state in the nation for a fourth consecutive year, according to a 24/7 Wall St. study released today. The study looks at data on financial health, standard of living and government services by the state to determine how well each state is managed.

North Dakota Named Best Run State in Nation for Fourth Consecutive Year - 24/7 Wall Street

Dalrymple Welcomes News of State's Record Population

Gov. Jack Dalrymple welcomed news that North Dakota’s population has reached an all-time high of 756,927, an increase of 16,887 residents since last year’s U.S. Census Bureau count. North Dakota’s population has grown by 2.5 percent since last year, the largest percent increase among all states, the Census Bureau reported.

Dalrymple Welcomes News of State's Record Population - ND Governor's Office

APUC Committed Funding Requests Totaling $394,317

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for six projects totaling $394,317 at its quarterly meeting. APUC is a committee of the North Dakota Department of Commerce that administers grant programs for researching and developing new and expanded uses for North Dakota agriculutral products. 

APUC Committed Funding Requests Totaling $394,317 - ND Commerce Department

ComDel Increasing Production Space, Plans to Increase Staff

ComDel Innovation in Wahpeton is expanding, adding 24,000-square-feet to their manufacturing plant, located at 2100 15th St. N. It’s a 10 percent increase in footage. According to Chief Financial Official Bruce Weeda, the expansion is happening for a variety of reasons.

ComDel Increasing Production Space, Plans to Increase Staff - Wahpeton Daily News

Looking for STEM Work? Move to North Dakota

When people think about where to find plenty of job opportunities, they tend to gravitate toward major cities: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles or New York. When they think tech jobs, it's hard not to touch on California's Silicon Valley. But a series of state rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dominated by more unusual suspects. Who would've guessed North Dakota had the most long-term job growth last year?

Looking for Stem Work? Move to North Dakota - U.S. News

A Silicon Valley for Drones, in North Dakota

“California and New York want what we’ve got,” said Shawn Muehler, a 30-year-old Fargo resident, gazing at a horizon of empty fields, silos, windbreak trees and hardly any people. A winged craft traces the air, mapping a field with pinpoint accuracy for his start-up, a drone software company called Botlink. “They like drones, but they’ve got a steep learning curve ahead.”

A Silicon Valley for Drones, in North Dakota - The New York Times

Educators in Industry

Educators in Industry offers K-12 teachers the ability to experience a 4-week externship that places teachers in a corporate work environment. Starting in June 2016, these externships will give classroom teachers the opportunity to further understand the engineering design process and STEM related industries through practical work experience. The educators will earn a $2000 stipend for completing the externship. $1000 of that stipend will be funded through the Department of Commerce, with the employer providing a dollar for dollar match.
During the 2015 Legislative Session, the North Dakota Legislature appropriated $50,000 to the North Dakota Department of Commerce to develop an “Educators in Industry” externship program. An existing program through the collaborative efforts of the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, North Dakota State University and the South East Education Cooperative will serve as model for this statewide program.

For questions or to learn how your company can participate in this program, please visit the Educators in Industry or contact Jennifer Dahl or Bradley Bowen.


New Professionals Day
February 3, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Bismarck - North Dakota Department of Commerce

The New Professionals 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.

Economic Development Roundtable
March 8, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Hess Corporation, Minot, ND

The bi-annual economic development roundtable provides those keenly interested in economic development issues with an opportunity to submit agenda topics, and then Commerce staff work to bring leaders on these topics to the conversation. Commissioner Al Anderson hosts the roundtable which includes a block of time for all attendees to discuss the successes and challenges in their respective communities or regions. To register, visit or for questions, contact Brianna Ludwig at 701-328-5383.

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