Top 10 – August 2017


  1. At its August meeting, the EDC board of directors reviewed and recommended support for 5 projects that could result in more than $87 million in capital investment into the region.
  2. The Grand Forks Growth Fund approved the first Start Up Grand Forks project, a new fund providing micro-loans to help launch Grand Forks’ newest businesses.
  3. Preparation began for the Association of Defense Communities (ADC) Regional Defense Forum to be hosted in Grand Forks Oct. 10 – 11. More information, register here.
  4. Terry Sando was the featured speaker for a Bank of North Dakota meeting with community bankers, discussing frontier investing opportunities in the UAS industry. He also spoke to attendees at the Midwest Airport Managers Association regional meeting.
  5. Speaking of Terry, his last day as the EDC’s Director of UAS Sector Development was Aug. 31. We wish him well in his new role with international UAS company Esmart.
  6. Business Development Manager Brandon Baumbach led a session during the UAS Summit’s student access day, profiling the entrepreneurial opportunities and resources.
  7. A transfer of grantee status for Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #103 from the airport authority to the EDC is complete. If you source products to or from international locations, using the FTZ may provide cost-savings. If you’re interested in learning more, get in touch with Brandon Baumbach.
  8. Congratulations to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems on the grand opening of your Flight Test and Training Center (FTTC) hangar at Grand Sky. More …
  9. Are you recruiting new employees? Looking for resources to introduce them to the region? Request your COOL toolkit with all you need to include in your recruitment promotions.
  10. President & CEO Keith Lund was part of a community group that met with Gen. Lori Robinson, commander of the U.S. Northern Command and commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, during her visit to the Grand Forks Air Force Base.