The Grand Forks region isn’t just home to over 100,000 people. It’s also home to the nation’s most robust unmanned and autonomous systems (UAS) ecosystem, the state’s flagship university (University of North Dakota) and the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Located on the eastern border of the state and one hour south of the Canadian border, we’ve taken our pioneer spirit to a new level by advancing key industries like UAS, manufacturing, agribusiness and technology.
The City of Grand Forks and the State of North Dakota have a long history of effectively supporting business attraction, expansion and retention. The Grand Forks Region EDC business developers work closely with you and your lender to maximize federal, state and local support. Our direct financing options, subsidy loans, workforce pipeline programs and business support programs make our region a place where your business can grow and succeed.
The Grand Forks region’s unemployment rate is among the lowest in the nation, which means opportunities for career growth abound. The EDC works hard to ensure the region has the talent required to support industry and economic growth, as well as support the region’s comprehensive workforce pipeline programs. Job areas include technology, entrepreneurial ventures, UAS, education, health care, manufacturing and more.
The greater Grand Forks region is Way Cooler Than You Think! We know you’ll feel at home here because you’ll find your style of living, entertainment, career and people. Our unique restaurants, craft breweries, robust industries and cool events will keep your nights and weekends hopping—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Find out more about just how cool it can be to live and work in the greater Grand Forks region.
Over the last decade, the number of young people living in Grand Forks has soared, with the community experiencing a 17 percent increase of residents between the ages of 25 and 39. That staggering growth is the result of a successful community-wide effort to not only attract young professionals to Grand Forks, but also to get them engaged and connected with their new community. Grand Forks has embraced and amplified its welcoming and inclusive culture, created a robust young professionals network and implemented innovative workforce pipeline programs.
Located on the border of Minnesota and just two hours south of Canada, Grand Forks is well-positioned for growth and expansion on the Great Plains. Businesses are continuing to choose Grand Forks, ND for our diverse and skilled workforce, business-friendly atmosphere and our eagerness for you to succeed.
Greater Grand Forks is home to some of America's richest farmland and leads the nation in food production and processing.
With a medical school, major medical complex and research centers, Grand Forks is well-established in the biomedical field.
Wind, oil, and other energy sources work together to create unparalleled opportunities in the Grand Forks region.
Our diverse manufacturing base spans across aviation, construction, food and automotive.
Grand Forks is home to the first UAS development park, data centers and a tech accelerator.
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