Top 10 for January 2016

  1. Terry Sando, our UAS guru, joined the ND Trade Office, Department of Commerce, and Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley on a mission to Israel meeting with companies and exploring partnership opportunities for our region.
  2. UND released its 2015 research report, which highlights nearly $200 million of economic impact as a result of its research activity – $66.9 of that in Grand Forks County.
  3. Welcome to Grand Forks Ryan Riesinger, who stepped into his new position as executive director of the Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority. Air travel is essential and we’re looking forward continuing our close working relationship.
  4. And another welcome goes out to UND Interim President Ed Schafer. When we met, you challenged us to let you know what you can do in your 6 month term to support the region’s economic development priorities. We’re excited about the momentum you bring and to continue making advances under your leadership.
  5. Keith Lund, EDC vice president, joined mayors from throughout Northeast North Dakota for the first Mayors Caucus, coordinated by the Red River Regional Council. The group talked about crafting a vision of “thrive” and creating outstanding small communities.
  6. Congratulations to Northland Community & Technical College, which celebrated 40 years in East Grand Forks. You are great partner in our regional growth. Here’s to 40+ more!
  7. Keith Lund testified at the Political Subdivision Taxation Committee meeting.The committee is tasked with reviewing state economic development programs to ensure they are meeting their desired objectives.
  8. Klaus Thiessen and Fargo-Moorhead EDC President Jim Gartin met with representatives from Job Service ND to look for ways we can support them and the valuable service they provide to meet our region’s workforce demands.
  9. Speaking of workforce, the EDC board of directors had a special meeting to dive deeper into the region’s workforce demands and identified six priorities it will be focusing on in the coming year.
  10. SAVE THE DATE! Our annual meeting and social is quickly approaching: 4 p.m., Thursday, March 31. Pending scheduling, N.D. Senator John Hoeven will join us as our keynote speaker.