Top 10 – October 2016

  1. Evolve ND announced an opening date (Dec. 1) for a new co-working space downtown. The EDC board was among the first to support the project. Read more …
  2. Busy month at UND. We visited the new medical school during its open house – what an impressive and impactful facility for the campus and state. As is the Collaborative Energy Complex, which celebrated its opening during Homecoming. And, the State Board of Higher Ed approved joint Biomedical Engineering MS & Ph.D. programs to be offered in collaboration with UND’s medical school and NDSU’s engineering school.
  3. Keith Lund was at the Forx Builders Association meeting, updating them on EDC projects and initiatives.
  4. General Electric announced it is acquiring LM Wind Power, which is one of the state’s largest manufacturers. ” We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the local team to support their Grand Forks growth. We anticipate this acquisition can provide new and greater opportunties for Grand Forks to expand its footprint in the energy sector,” said Klaus Thiessen, EDC president & CEO.
  5. The EDC Board of Directors supports the proposed city sales tax increase for infrastructure. Read Chair Dwight Thompson’s op-ed – and vote next week.
  6. Evolve ND spearheaded an effort to begin contributing Grand Forks data to the national Cost of Living index survey. The first report is back since doing so, and the Grand Forks ND-MN metro area is below average (that’s a good thing!). Read more …
  7. EDC Vice President Keith Lund  and Marketing/Communications Director Doris Cooper attended the Economic Development Assn of ND fall conference, which included a legislative panel and workforce discussions. And Brandon Baumbach participated in the ND Downtown Conference, a 2 day event keying in on partnerships and intiatives that can help enhance downtown communities.
  8. Director of UAS Sector Development Terry Sando attended the UAS for Electric Utilities conference. A project he’s coordinated with Xcel Energy was among those showcased as the industry begins integrating drones into their operations.
  9. Northland Community & Technical College President Dennis Bona had a great message at the annual State of the College luncheon, highlighting the important role they play as a partner in driving our region’s economy upward.
  10. Everett Dunnick, manager of General Atomic’s UAS Flight Training Academy at Grand Sky told the Drone Biz crowd about the demand for product training that’s driving the company’s growth in Grand Forks. The next Drone Biz is Nov. 10.