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ND Matters - July 2015

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

Dalrymple Announces $5.6 Million in Additional State Funding for Grand Sky UAS Park

Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced that Grand Forks County will receive $5.6 million in additional state funding to support the continued development of the Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Business and Aviation Park. “I am pleased to announce that an additional $5.6 million in state funding is available for the continued development of Grand Sky, the nation’s first UAS business park,” Dalrymple said. 

Dalrymple Announces $5.6 Million in Additional State Funding for Grand Sky UAS Park - ND Governor's Office

North Dakota's Economy Ranked #1

North Dakota had the strongest economy in the country. The state's economy has seen a major boom from the rise of oil fracking in the last few years, and despite chaos in oil prices recently, North Dakota's economy remains robust.

North Dakota's Economy Ranked #1 -

APUC Committed Funding Requests Totaling $495,676

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for four projects totaling $495,676 at its quarterly meeting. The grants can be used for basic and applied research, marketing and utilization, farm diversification, nature-based agritourism, prototype and technology and technical assistance.

APUC Committed Funding Requests Totaling $495,676 - ND Commerce 

NDSU Using Sensors to Identify Weed Infestations

North Dakota State University researchers have received a grant to demonstrate the use of electronic sensors to identify weed infestations in cropland remotely. The project will identify which weeds are infesting specific crops, which parts of fields the weeds are infesting and the degree of the weed problem.

NDSU Using Sensors to Identify Weed Infestations - North Dakota Ag

Land Board Awards $15 Million to K-12 Schools, $1.3 Million to Airports in Western ND

The Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) awarded $15 million in Energy Impact Grant funds to K-12 schools and another $1.3 million to airports in western North Dakota’s oil and gas region.

Land Board Awards $15 Million to K-12 Schools, $1.3 Million to Airports in Western ND - ND Governor's Office

Governor's Workforce & HR Summit Features New Education Track

The Governor's Workforce & HR Rummit will be taking place September 16-17 at the Fargo Holiday Inn. This year they are introducing an education track for attendees.

LEGAL TRACK – The Legal Track will be available for those seeking specific topics such as discrimination, FMLA, NLRB and other employment law. Education sessions will be led by lawyers and professionals who are available to answer those challenging legal questions.
RECRUITERS TRACK – Workforce attraction is hot topic across the state and this track connects you with recruitment strategies that help fill your positions. Two sessions in this track include “Get More Candidates” and “ND Legendary Branding & Recruitment.” Presenters will have insight on building creative approaches and best practices to apply directly to your recruitment process.
Register soon to ensure you don’t miss the hottest HR event in the state.
There will be a minimum of 12 credits available for attendees who are maintaining the certifications.

Find the Good Life in North Dakota
In the continued effort of the Find the Good Life in North Dakota initiative, the Department of Commerce and the Greater Chamber of North Dakota will be attending “Hiring Our Heroes” hiring events at five military bases in September through December and are sponsored by the U.S. Chamber.

These events will be for military personnel transitioning out of the military and will be looking for permanent homes and civilian jobs. Businesses are also encouraged to attend. This will strengthening the recruitment efforts by visiting with potential employees and solidifying their interest in relocating to North Dakota. If Recruiter Network members aren’t able to attend events, they can send a one-page sheet of either company information or open positions to be given to interested attendees.

Events include:
September 22-24; JB Lewis McChord, WA (Tacoma)
October 21-22; Fort Campbell, KY (Nashville)
November 4-5; Fort Bliss, TX (El Paso)
November 18-19; Fort Bragg, NC (Fayetteville)
December 9; JB San Antonio, TX

For more information contact Wayde Sick. Recruiter Network members can email job pages a week in advance of the event to Amanda Remynse.


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

Governor's Summit on Economic Growth
October 8, 2015
Radisson Hotel, Fargo, ND

The one-day event will feature speakers and panelists covering topics such as vison for growth, entrepreneurial opportunities, technology and innovation, and future financing options. A detailed agenda and more information and registration will be released soon at

New Professionals Day
November 5, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 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.

North Dakota Department of Commerce
1600 E. Century Ave., Suite 2
Bismarck, ND 58503 | 701.328.5300
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