Top 10 – July 2017


  1. UND President Mark Kennedy shared the university’s strategic plan with EDC directors, advisors and business leaders. EDC Board Chair Tammy Peterson said “As business leaders we have a vested interest in the success of our university.”  In closing his presentation, Kennedy said, “We’re all in this together. I’m confident we can propel our university, region and state in a positive direction.” Learn more about UND’s plan 
  2. The EDC and Grand Forks Housing Authority released a county-wide housing study which addresses capacity for growth. Interested in more? The full study is on-line right here.
  3. Terry Sando, the EDC’s Director of UAS Development, announced his resignation at the end of August for an opportunity in the private sector.
  4. Drone Biz celebrated its 1 year anniversary. The monthly luncheon is open to anyone interested in networking and hearing from those in the region using drones or working in the industry. Want to join us? Ask Brandon to add you to mailing list so you get all the details.
  5. The Start Up Grand Forks advisory committee reviewed its first application for support from the new funding program which was launched as part of a mayoral initiative to help foster the entrepreneurial community.
  6. Viterra invited EDC President & CEO Keith Lund and City of Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown to speak at its ribbon cutting event at its north Grand Forks loading facility. The Canadian-based company recently purchased grain handling assets of Gavilon Grain, expanding its U.S. presence.
  7. The Grand Forks County Commission approved a property tax exemption for Northrop Grumman’s second project, a 35,000-square-foot hangar facility, which will be built at Grand Sky adjacent to their current facility.
  8. Brandon Baumbach was on the go, attending an informational meeting on the N.D. Apprenticeship Program and the Great Plains Young Professionals Summit hosted in Grand Forks.
  9. Following the launch of the web portal, we reviewed “Greater Grand Forks: Way Cooler Than You Think!” and its goals/objectives with the Grand Forks County Commission and City Council and CIty of East Grand Forks EDHA. Want to learn more about the initiative or request your toolkit to begin incorporating into your recruitment efforts? Get in touch with Doris here.
  10. Speaking of workforce recruitment…the Northern Valley Career Expo is just 3 months away. Introducing high school students to careers you offer is one tool to keep them here in the future. If you haven’t registered to exhibit and showcase your company and careers to your future employees, there’s no time like now!