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California has the Golden Gate Bridge, New York has the Empire State Building, Illinois has the Magnificent Mile. And North Dakota? It has a hefty budget surplus those states would envy.
North Dakota’s congressional delegation revealed recently the U.S. Department of Agriculture is releasing $1.34 million to stimulate economic development and create jobs in rural North Dakota.
Gov. John Hoeven: "The demand for the unmanned aerial systems is incredible throughout the military, worldwide. This is the asset that everybody wants. Not just the air force, but all the services in terms of doing their missions around the world."
"We`re very excited about this program. I think North Dakota will always be an agriculture state, but it`s turning into probably one of the leading energy states," says Dr. Frank Moseley, MSU Associate Professor.
The whole state is suffering from a labor shortage.
Deyton Bell Ltd. is based in Cambridge. The company will be approaching European wind energy companies about setting up wind turbine manufacturing operations in North Dakota.
“It shows you don’t have to be Silicon Valley to be Silicon Valley.”
So where does the community go from here?
The Roundtable’s members “looked into the future and saw a state that, in the absence of overt action, would continue to:
** Lose population, especially young people and adults in the prime working years of their lives.
** Fall farther and farther behind the rest of the country in per capita income, threatening the ability of its citizens to maintain their quality of life.
** Be unable as a state to compete in the new information-based economy.”
As unemployment climbs in Minnesota, a neighbor to the west is starting to look pretty good to people who are out of work.
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