Herald Opinion: Thiessen did grand things for Grand Forks

Klaus Thiessen may be the most popular Canadian in Grand Forks who isn’t a noted hockey player. Thiessen, the longtime executive director of the Grand Forks Economic Development Corporation, recently retired. At an event in his honor at Sky’s in downtown Grand Forks, Thiessen was feted by several dozen and all seemed unanimous in their …

The Big 5 – 0

Today, the EDC’s parent has reached the big 5-0. Articles of Incorporation for the Grand Forks Development Foundation were signed and dated on this day in 1967 by Brooks Baukol, Paul Olander, Gale Satrom, Thomas Degnan, and Lewis Crain. “The purpose or purposes for which the corporation is organized are: To aid, assist, and promote …

Cirrus celebrates milestone delivery of first jet

  Where has time gone? It seems like yesterday when Cirrus Aircraft executives told us about their vision to launch a new product, a single engine jet aircraft. And Tuesday, Dec. 20, the first one flew into Grand Forks, unveiling a new and exciting future for the company and our region. Since they began production …

EDC chair: Vote yes for Grand Forks prosperity

Businesses grow and expand in communities that are growing with them. People choose to live in communities that invest in themselves. Meeting our infrastructure needs is necessary for Grand Forks to thrive and grow.  On behalf of the Grand Forks Region EDC board of directors, I urge you to vote yes on Nov. 8 for …

Co-working space, entrepreneurial culture drives regional growth

Last week, Evolve ND announced an opening date (Dec. 1) for The 701, a co-working space launching in Grand Forks.  It’s an exciting evolution for the region’s entrepreneurial community, which continues to grow with an inspirational energy. The Grand Forks Region EDC was the first to step up and lend support to helping it get …

UAS Ecosystem: Catalyst for growth

How has the EDC evolved to support North Dakota’s UAS growth, the ecosystem of UAS? That question was posed to me at the UAS Summit last week. I found a description of ecosystem that perfectly describes our region and how we’ve developed this young UAS sector: An ecosystem is about how people meet, talk, trust, …