Top 10 – April 2017

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  1. Short statement. Big news. After 14 years with the EDC, President & CEO Klaus Thiessen announced he will be retiring at the end of June. You can read the full news release here.
  2. Start Up Grand Forks, a new pilot program to provide seed funding to new entrepreneurial endeavors in the city, received the green light from the Growth Fund. The Jobs Development Authority gave final approval for the program May 1. More …
  3. The board of directors elected officers for the 2017-18 year: Tammy Peterson, chair; Karl Bollingberg, vice chair; and Grant McGimpsey, secretary/treasurer. Dwight Thompson is past-chair.
  4. Congratulations to Northrop Grumman on your official opening of your Grand Sky center. The interior is just as impressive as the exterior.  More …
  5. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp introduced EDC and city leaders to senior executives with General Electric, who were in Grand Forks as part of GE’s acquisition of LM Wind Power.
  6. Terry Sando, UAS Sector Senior Developer, led a table top planning session with Xcel Energy, UND, Elbit Systems and the ND Department of Emergency Management, mapping out a storm scenario in preparation for UAS flight testing being planned for late May.
  7. The EDC board of directors recommended the Growth Fund approve a funding request for Half Brothers Brewing, which plans to market craft brew throughout the region.
  8. Fast Company magazine recognized Grand Sky as one of the most innovative projects in the country in its 2017 list of projects that are making America great again.  More …
  9. Klaus Thiessen, along with Grant McGimpsey and Mike Moore with UND’s division of research and economic development, met with University of Manitoba counterparts to explore opportunities for collaboration.
  10. Along with many others at his retirement social, we celebrated Bruce Gjovig’s accomplishments and legacy of innovation he leaves for all of us to carry. Thank you, Bruce, for your passion and commitment to fostering our region’s entrepreneurial spirit.