September 30, 2021

Grand Forks Region Top 10 – September 2021

    • Progress on the Career Impact Academy is moving fast. In the past month, we helped host a charette, chose a location, and updated the School Board. Check out the recaps here:
      –Committee gathers input on design, function of proposed career and technical education center
      –Former Grand Forks Holiday Inn, after a long life, could see next chapter soon
      –Grand Forks School Board receives update on progress on proposed CTE center
    • Governor Doug Burgum appointed Becca Cruger, workforce development manager, to the North Dakota Workforce Development Council. The role of the Council is to advise the Governor and the public concerning the nature and extent of workforce development in the context of North Dakota’s economic development needs, and how to meet these needs effectively while maximizing the efficient use of available resources and avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort.
    • More good news for Cruger: she and contributing team members won the 21st Century Workforce Award for the Governor’s 2021 Main Street Awards. The award will be presented at the Main Street ND Summit on October 12 in West Fargo, North Dakota.
    • The JDA approved its second loan from the Accelerate Grand Forks Loan Program, which is designed to support early-stage technology companies get established and grow in the region. SafetySpect Inc., which moved its headquarters to Grand Forks in January, was awarded a $250,000 loan at the September 7th Growth Fund Committee meeting
    • Speaking of the JDA, the Grand Forks Herald did a nice write-up on EDC member company HB Sound & Light explaining the Jobs Development Authority, Growth Fund, and EDC, and how they all work together to benefit our community. 
    • Congrats to EDC member company Ideal Aerosmith on being awarded a contract from the U.S. Navy to develop a system for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, and mission-planning technology development.
    • Congratulations to several of our member companies on being honored as one of the 50 Best Places to Work in the region by Prairie Business Magazine! The list includes AE2S, Alerus Financial, Altru Health System, Construction Engineers, EAPC Architects Engineers, EERC, First Community Credit Union, Gate City Bank, Houston Engineering, JLG Architects, KLG Engineering LLC, Steffes Corporation, Vaaler Insurance, and Widseth.
    • The University of North Dakota, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce – Grand Forks/East Grand Forks, hosted Wake Up to UND, their annual breakfast that celebrates and informs the community of the partnership between the University and the city. The event was held in the recently opened Memorial Union. 
    • The EDC’s UAS Sector Developer Nathan Iseminger attended the Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas to network, experience new technology, and strike up new partnerships. And don’t forget, coming up is the UAS Summit & Expo right here in Grand Forks on October 13 & 14. More info can be found here.
    • High-quality education is essential to regional growth and prosperity, but you can’t deliver that without high-quality facilities. On Tuesday, September 28, Grand Forks voters approved a 10-mill levy increase to provide the Grand Forks Public Schools additional resources to address ongoing and deferred maintenance throughout the district. 

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

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