Top 10 – November 2017


  1. The 6th annual Northern Valley Career Expo hosted 1,532 sophomores from 37 schools to learn about careers in the region from 60 sponsors and exhibitors. The Expo has reached nearly 9,000 students since launching in 2012.
  2. The Expo planning committee was recognized by the Red River Regional Council during its Ideas to Action Summit the with the Intrepid Award, “reserved for only the most audacious, bold organizations for thinkers who have transitioned a visionary idea to literal, concrete results.”
  3. Thank you for the shout-out at the State of the Base breakfast. Our favorite quote from the briefing? “We had a huge hiring issue on base. With the help of community partners like the EDC we were able to get several of those positions filled within a short period of time.”
  4. UAS Sector Development Manager Wes Shover and EDC President/CEO Keith Lund toured Camp Grafton with other BRIC members to learn more about its missions.
  5. Wes presented to UND aviation graduate students on the EDC’s role in UAS sector business development, our involvement in coordinating research opportunities, and the UAS ecosystem in the region that supports the industry’s development.
  6. Thank you to Jim, Corey and the team at PS Doors for hosting  a tour of your Grand Forks plant. This local company is manufacturing innovative, world-class product lines distributed around the globe.
  7. Grand Forks keeps getting cooler. DId you see the Thanksgiving video shared on social media? Check it out here. Greater Grand Forks: Way Cooler Than You Think! continues to promote the region, supporting employers’ workforce recruitment and retention efforts.
  8. Prairie Business magazine released it’s annual 40 under 40 list and it’s well-represented by Grand Forks area names, including EDC board member Jonathan Holth and GGFYP Executive Director and EDC ex-officio board member Corey Mock. Full list here …
  9. Voters in the city of Grand Forks approved a half-cent sales tax increase to help fund streets and water infrastructure.
  10. Planning has started for the 2018  Careers Conversations to be held March 6-7. Look for sign up information coming soon and make plans to host a college student and introduce them to the region’s business community.