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North Dakota Matters - May 2014

ndinthenews.jpgNorth Dakota in the News

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

Support for Western North Dakota

Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he is confident that the state can provide the assistance needed to help the oil and gas region address the impacts of rapid growth until the 64th Legislative Assembly convenes.

Dalrymple Advances State Support for Western North Dakota - ND Governor's Office

UND Center for Innovation Announces New UAS Tenant

The UND Center for Innovation Foundation’s technology incubator announced that Virginia-based software company, VirtualAgility, has signed on as one of the first Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) tenants.

UND Center for Innovation Announces New UAS Tenant - ND Commerce

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Named Best Kid-Friendly Attraction

Theodore Roosevelt National Park was ranked in FamilyFun magazine’s annual listing of best kid-friendly locations and vacation spots in the country. The national park, located in western North Dakota, was named as one of the top 10 national parks and preserves.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Named Best Kid-Friendly Attraction - ND Commerce

Small Business Hands-On Workshops Held Across State

The state of North Dakota and Microsoft teamed up to bring Small Business Hands-on Workshops to entrepreneurs across the state. The mobile traveled across western North Dakota to Dickinson, Bismarck and Minot.

Small Business Hands-On Workshops to be Held Across State - ND Commerce

2014 National Youth Science Camp Representatives

Sierra Hample of Wahpeton High School and Quinn Del Val of Fargo South High School have been selected by the Coalition for Conservation and Environmental Education as two of the state’s most promising young scientific leaders. They will represent North Dakota as delegates at the National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia this summer.

Dalrymple Announces 2014 National Youth Science Camp Representatives - ND Governor's Office

Scranton Native in Top 5 on NBC's "The Voice"

Kat Perkins, a Scranton, N.D., native who now lives in the Twin Cities, who has been dubbed “The Rocking Nanny,” made her weekly appearance on NBC's "The Voice" by singing Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky. Last week, Perkins was in the bottom three but received the “Instant Save” when voters saved her in the last five minutes of the show. See her page on "The Voice" here.

Scranton Native in Top 5 on NBC's "The Voice" - The Forum


FAA Certifies North Dakota's UAS Test Site as Nationals First to Be Ready for Operations

HuertaVisit.preview.jpgGov. Jack Dalrymple joined FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and the state’s congressional delegation in announcing that North Dakota’s test site for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is the nation’s first to be certified ready for operations.

With the FAA’s nod of approval, North Dakota’s Northern Plains UAS Test Site will be the first of six national UAS testing grounds to begin the work of integrating unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace, Dalrymple said.

“We have worked long and hard to earn one of only six national test site designations and to become a national leader in UAS test site operations,” Dalrymple said. “With test site designation in hand and the first UAS program certification, we have a great opportunity to become a national hub for UAS research and development, to expand North Dakota’s role in aerospace sciences and to further diversify our economy.”
FAA Certifies North Dakota's UAS Test Site as Nationals First to Be Ready for Operations - ND Governor's Office


125thDarkLogo.gifNational Travel and Tourism Week Begins
The annual salute to travel and tourism in America has embraced the “Travel Effect” theme. Travel communities have collectively marked the event in a number of creative ways, from staging local rallies and conducting media outreach to securing proclamations and resolutions from local legislative bodies. To celebrate North Dakota’s third largest industry and kick off the summer travel season, Gov. Jack Dalrymple will declare May 3-11 as “North Dakota Tourism Week.” In addition, this designated week will highlight North Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood by promoting the upcoming commemorative events and inspiring residents to celebrate this special time. Join in the fun with links to both the U.S. Travel toolkit as well as the 125 ways to celebrate North Dakota’s anniversary.


Land Board Awards $6 Million in Latest Round of Energy Impact Grant Funding

The Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) awarded $6.1 million to help counties and townships throughout North Dakota’s oil and gas region complete construction projects and road improvements.

The $6.1 million in grants approved today will help counties and townships throughout the region complete 55 road projects aimed at improving traffic safety and public building projects. The projects approved for funding today include:

  • $200,000 for expansion of the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office.
  • $175,000 to resurface five miles of roadway in Arnegard Township near Alexander.
  • $200,000 for Bicker Township road improvements near Tioga.
  • $200,000 for Dunn County road improvements near Manning.
  • $100,000 for an expansion of the Mountrail County Law Enforcement Center.
  • $200,000 for township road improvements in Pherrin Township, Williams County.  
Land Board Awards $6 Million in Latest Round of Energy Impact Grant Funding - ND Governor's Office


Jamestown's Named 20th Fastest-Growing E-commerce Site announced it has been recognized as the 20th fastest-growing e-commerce site in the United States by online retail trade publication Internet Retailer in its recently published 2013 Top 500 Guide. The influential guide also lists the North Dakota-based pickup truck accessory e-retailer as the 437th largest online store nationwide based on total revenue for 2013. It marks the first time the company has ever been included in the influential magazine’s list, which recognizes the 500 largest e-retailers in the country.
Jamestown's Named 20th Fastest-Growing E-commerce Site -


2014 Governor’s Workforce and HR Conference
The North Dakota Department of Commerce and North Dakota Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) are again collaborating to host the 2014 Governor’s Workforce and HR Conference. The event will be held October 8-9 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. 
Please visit for full sponsorship details. We encourage you to register by June 30, 2014, in order to be featured in event registration materials. If you have questions or need additional information, contact Stephanie at 701-429-3059 or email
Attendee registration will open the summer of 2014.  

EDND logoEDND Summer Conference to be Held in Rugby

Register for the EDND Summer Conference in Rugby June 17-19 at Dakota Farms. This year’s conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Ron Pollina, the author of the nationally recognized Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States study, which is published annually. View the full agenda and registration details.


Economic Development Roundtable Cancelled

Due to scheduling conflicts we will be canceling the next Economic Development Roundtable, originally scheduled for May 14. Commerce will be using this time to reevaluate the Economic Development Roundtables that have traditionally been held every six months and determine whether they are still providing value for local developers. 


CalendarNew Professionals Day
May 13
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (includes lunch)

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 Aasta Stute at 701-328-4140 to register or for more details

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