economy

Governor Burgum Announces Task Force for Public Education System

Burgum says changes are needed in how the state's students are instructed

  BISMARCK, ND — Gov. Burgum is setting up a new task force aimed at improving North Dakota’s public education system. The Innovative Education Task Force will identify new, creative teaching methods and make recommendations to the governor and Legislature. Burgum says changes are needed in how the state’s students are instructed to meet the needs of the 21st century…

Moorhead Property Taxes on the Rise

The 2018 preliminary city budget includes a $35 a year increase on a median value home

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Property taxes are going up for people living in Moorhead. The 2018 preliminary city budget includes a $35 a year increase on a median value home. That number could change with County and School District budget changes and adjustments to taxable property values. The 2018 budget for Moorhead is $82.2 million, an increase of $1.5 million over…

Garth Brooks Week Begins in Sioux Falls, Economic Impact Expected at Over $12 Million

The Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the local economic impact of Garth Brooks' performances during the next two weekends at $12.5 million

  SIOUX FALLS, SD — When the best-selling male artist of all time comes to town, you know you are about to see the cash roll in. The Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the local economic impact of Garth Brooks’ performances during the next two weekends at $12.5 million. The singer has nine shows scheduled Sept. 15-17 and…

President Trump’s Visit to North Dakota: Protesters, Supporters and a lot of North Dakota Love

Every high-ranking North Dakota politician was in attendance including our Democratic U.S. Senator

MANDAN, ND — In his first visit to North Dakota as president, Donald Trump gave his speech on tax reform in front of a crowd of 700 invited guests in Mandan. The backdrop was the Andeavor Corporation Oil Refinery, formerly Tesoro. Every high-ranking North Dakota politician was in attendance including our Democratic U.S. Senator. An audience of North Dakotans from…

ND Tribal Colleges Contribute Nearly $200 Million to Economy

The North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges asked for the study to learn the impact of the colleges on the state

  FARGO, ND — An NDSU study shows the state’s tribal colleges helped boost the economy in the 2016 fiscal year. The study states the five tribal colleges contributed $190 million to North Dakota’s economy. Researchers also looked at the social and economic effects of education as well as the state and local impacts of higher education spending and student…

General Atomics Celebrates Grand Opening of Training Hanger at Grand Sky

The hangar will serve as a flight test and training center

GRAND FORKS, ND — General Atomics has completed its flight test and training center in Grand Forks. The 24,000 square foot facility is a 10 year lease between Grand Sky and General Atomics. Grand Forks joins the big leagues. “When they sell an aircraft to England or to Australia or some other country, they train the pilots here,” said Senator…

Hog Operation Proposed in Ramsey County

The department will hold a public meeting at some point on the environmental permitting process

  RAMSEY COUNTY, ND — North Dakota’s Health Department is considering an application from a proposed hog operation in Ramsey County. Grand Prairie Agriculture wants to build a 2,700 hog operation about 10 miles west of Devils Lake. Some people in the area are concerned about property values and environmental problems, while others see a potential boost to the economy….

Clay County’s Non-Profit Art Playing a Leading Role in Contributing to Minnesota’s Economy

Creative MN wrangled up more than 50 other regional organizations.

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Regional groups found out non-profit art contributes billions of dollars to Minnesota’s economy. With Moorhead being a big hub for art, they say the Clay County region plays a leading role. For many people, the Minnesota side of the Red River is known for its art with the Rourke Art Museum, street murals and two major colleges….

City of Ada Announces New Mayor

His term will run through 2018

  ADA, Minn. — The City of Ada has a new mayor…and he’s no stranger to the community. The Ada City Council voted unanimously on Todd Sawrey, the former Economic Development Authority Chair. As chairman, Sawrey worked on bringing new businesses to the area, as well as community development. Sawrey is a former city council member, President of the Ada…

Business Leaders Say Attracting Workers is Biggest Economic Challenge

The Regional Workforce Study finds that adding qualified workers is essential to maintain the region's economic growth

FARGO, N.D. — A group of Fargo–Moorhead community organizations released their study on workforce development. The Economic Development Corporation says there’s a growing gap between open jobs and qualified workers. The F–M area has been identified as having one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and one of the best places to find a job. However, qualified workers…