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ND Matters - March 2015

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

U.S..Census Bureau Report Shows Growth Across North Dakota

The U.S.. Census Bureau released the agency’s annual metropolitan/micropolitan area and county population estimates showing population growth across most areas of North Dakota. 

U.S. Census Bureau Report Shows Growth Across North Dakota -  ND Commerce

ND Tourism Prepares for Peak Season

The Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the summer vacation season. Even though that time of year is a month and a half away, the North Dakota Tourism Divison is busy attracting people to the state.

ND Tourism Prepares for Peak Season - KFYR-TV

Roar of Bombers Replaced by Drone Buzz in North Dakota

The roar of mammoth Air Force bombers and tanker planes has long been silenced at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, but backers of the nation's first unmanned aircraft business park say the drones are creating a buzz.

Roar of Bombers Replaced by Drone Buzz in North Dakota - ABC News

As Oil Prices Slide, North Dakota Sees Manufacturing in its Future

Business and community leaders in North Dakota’s western oil patch have launched an aggressive campaign to convince more manufacturers to set up shop locally, part of a push to expand the area’s economy beyond crude production and slash costs.

As Oil Prices Slide, North Dakota Sees Manufacturing in its Future - Eagle Ford Texas

Manufacturers Trying to Find Their Niche in Oil Industry

A product a North Dakota manufacturing company began making for one oil customer is now exported to several states. The success story of a product from Steffes Corp., with locations in Dickinson and Grand Forks, served as an example for regional manufacturers trying to break into the oil and gas business.

Manufacturers Trying to Find Their Niche in Oil Industry - The Grand Forks Herald

Find the Good Life in North Dakota

goodlife.jpgThe 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

First 2015 Workforce and HR Conference Keynote Announced
Whether your goal is to increase your personal engagement as a leader, maximize the engagement of your team, navigate change, or improve the culture with which you face your customers—this humorous, uplifting, practical, research-and-story-based session inspires audiences to reignite by using Scott’s W.H.I.P. philosophy (What you Have In your Possession). Scott challenges the standard definitions of success and happiness, and shares 5 concrete tools rooted in positive psychology to help create sustainable positivity and performance—while spreading it to others. To learn more about Scott, visit

North Dakota Travel Industry Conference Pre-Conference

April 20, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Minot, ND

Businesses and individuals interested in learning more about tourism business development are invited to a workshop, taking place in conjunction with the annual North Dakota Travel Industry Conference. View a pre-conference agenda and registration information.

2015 Travel Industry Conference
April 20-22, 2015
Minot, ND

The North Dakota Travel Industry Conference returns to Minot April 20-22, 2015, and features sessions on marketing, strategic planning, technology and social media. You will not want to miss the Tourism Division Luncheon or the annual Governor's Awards Luncheon and celebration of outstanding North Dakota tourism advocates. Register today!  
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!


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