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ND Matters - May 2016

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

North Dakota Ranks 3rd in National Economic Competitiveness Ranking

North Dakota ranks third best state in a national report that compares each state’s economic competitiveness. In its annual report called “Rich States, Poor States,” the American Legislative Exchange Council found that North Dakota is among the best states in implementing “pro-growth” economic policies. 

North Dakota Ranks 3rd in National Economic Competitivemess Ranking - ND Commerce

A Drone for Loan? North Dakota Agency Eager to Help

One of the first law enforcement agencies to use unmanned aircraft as eyes in the sky says it's ready to ship its technology anywhere in the country to help police who need it.The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized the Northeast Region Unmanned Aircraft System unit in Grand Forks to fly anywhere in the country.

A Drone for Loan? North Dakota Agency Eager to Help - ABC News

Dalrymple Highlights State's Economic Strength, Opportunities

Gov. Jack Dalrymple kicked off the first annual Demographics Conference by highlighting North Dakota’s economic strength and how the state’s diversified economy is helping to weather fluctuations in the energy and agriculture industries. The focus of the conference was to help participants understand important socio-economic and demographic trends in North Dakota and how those trends impact citizens, businesses and communities.

Dalrymple Highlights State's Economic Strength, Opportunities - ND Governor's Office

Nothern Plains UAS Test Site Aids NASA in UAS Airspace Test Event

The Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Test Site successfully conducted close-proximity UAS flight tests to help evaluate NASA’s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) research platform. The goal of the test was to have at least four aircraft from each of the nation’s six FAA designated test sites flying simultaneously to test traffic management and safety of UAS flights in multiple locations in low-altitude airspace.

Nothern Plains UAS Test Site Aids NASA in UAS Airspace Test Event - ND Commerce

2016 Demographics Conference
April 6, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
National Energy Center of Excellence on the Bismarck State College Campus

Learn how accurate and reliable data is critical to the informed decision making you do for your business, organization, and community. Network with North Dakota’s top legislators, local and state officials, non-profit and business leaders, educators, and students. Get inspired to act together for a better future in North Dakota. Please visit for more information and to register.

New Professionals Day
May 11, 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.

Governor's Workforce & HR Conference
September 20-22, 2016
Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck, ND

For the fourth 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 three-day event.

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1600 E. Century Ave., Suite 2
Bismarck, ND 58503 | 701.328.5300
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