September 1, 2021

Grand Forks Region Top 10 – August 2021

  1. The U.S. Air Force announced it has selected the Grand Forks Air Force Base to train crews for a future intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance mission. The new mission includes infrastructure construction and renovation projects at the base. The announcement also means potential growth at Grand Sky.
  2. The University of North Dakota is the first university in the nation to sign a partnership agreement with the U.S. Space Force. Read more here.
  3. Speaking of UND, they’re back in session for the fall semester and recently announced an overall enrollment increase for the second year in a row—a considerable accomplishment in a lingering pandemic.
  4. Airtonomy is now one of 5 semi-finalists in GENIUS NY, a New York-based business accelerator competition, for its innovations in UAS. The startup unmanned systems and robotics companies will participate in the year-long program and will compete for a total of $3 million in direct investment, with one grand prize of up to $1 million and four $500,000 awards. 
  5. Mobile Recon Systems was featured in Unmanned Systems Technology, one of the leading journals for the UAS industry with international coverage. Read the extensive article here.
  6. The EDC’s UAS Sector Developer Nathan Iseminger, President & CEO Keith Lund, and other regional UAS industry leaders attended the AUVSI Xponential conference in Atlanta to network, experience new technology, and strike up new partnerships. 
  7. EDC Workforce Development Manager Becca Cruger and other industry leaders are forging ahead with progress on the career and technical education workforce center. Cruger announced the new center will be named the “Career Impact Academy.”
  8. Cruger was also recently featured in an article touting the success of InternGF, the program designed to increase the number of local internships by aiding employers’ workforce recruitment and retention efforts. The next application cycle will be open in October.
  9. The Grand Forks Herald asked local leaders to submit their thoughts on good things happening in our community for a special section titled “2021 Greater Grand Forks Community.” Here is EDC President & CEO Keith Lund’s outlook from an economic developer’s perspective.
  10. Kendra Foreman joined the EDC team as a marketing and communications intern. Foreman will be working with the Greater Grand Forks: Way Cooler Than You Think! initiative—specifically “What’s Cooler Today?”

The EDC is preparing a monthly report on key regional economic indicators. Click here to see July’s Economy at a Glance.

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