Archives for October 2012

Why Vote Against Obama? Eight Compelling Reasons

Barack Obama was elected in 2008 with a message of hope and change. Unfortunately, the change we got was for the worse. There is little hope left that the country can pull itself out of the recession anytime soon, and we’re left hoping that the Middle East won’t erupt into flames that will consume us… [More…]

Getting the Goods: Stocking North Dakota’s Shelves

Getting goods to a landlocked rural state where population centers are widely scattered can always be considered a challenge. But given North Dakota’s rapid expansion of business and population, challenges have grown along with the state’s exponentially expanding industries and residents. When it comes to importing goods into the state, the goal is to have… [More…]

Telecom: Growing at the Speed of Sound

The telecommunications industry is expected to go right on zipping past the lethargic national economy at the speed of sound. Evidence, if any is needed, can be found in the rise in stock prices for the first nine months of this year for firms like Verizon Communications Inc. (19.1%), AT&T Inc. (29.3%) and Sprint Nextel… [More…]

Industry Focus: Economic Development

For many companies the opportunities available in the Roughrider State are easy to see. Even so, economic development agencies have their work cut out for them overcoming issues such as infrastructure and housing. Recently, executives representing several of economic development agencies across the state met at the Bismarck offices of the North Dakota Department of Commerce to discuss these issues:

Paul Lucy, North Dakota Department of Commerce; Ashley Alderson, Bowman County Development Corp.; Russ Staiger, Bismarck/Mandan Development Association; Kathy Stremick, Walhalla Economic Development Corp.; Chris Schilken, Forward Devils Lake Development Corp.; Deb Walworth, Prairie West Development Foundation; Tom Rolfstad, Williston Area Development Corp.; Bev Voller, Hazelton Development Corp.; John Phillips, Economic Development Association of North Dakota; Melissa Beach, Traill County Economic Development Commission; Gaylon Baker, Stark County Development Corp.; Ellen Huber, City of Mandan; Mark Vaux, City of West Fargo; Connie Ova, Jamestown/Stutsman County Job Development Corp [More…]

Global Production: A Multi-National Industry

United States’ onshore oil production could increase about 75 percent by 2022, and North Dakota would be a primary contributor, according to a recent report. “[The U.S.] is going to continue to drill quite aggressively,” said Chris Micsak, oil analyst with BENTEK Energy, a Colorado-based energy market analytics company that provides data-driven research and market… [More…]

Road to the Future

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) maintains over 8,400 miles of state highways across the state. We also license every driver and vehicle in North Dakota. Keeping the roadways and bridges in good condition and licensing the many people who walk through our door is a challenging task. NDDOT employees located across the state… [More…]

Elected Officials

Rick Berg Congressman (R) If you had the power to change one law, what would it be? The simple fact remains: the massive government takeover of healthcare that President Obama forced on the American people is not the right approach.  Obamacare raises taxes on small businesses that are vital job creators.  Seventy percent of North Dakotans did… [More…]

October 2012: Around the State

Target Logistics Launches Mobile Crew Camp Division Target Logistics has launched a brand of mobile crew camps. The crew facilities are designed for operations that relocate frequently and need rapidly deployed housing solutions. The units are self-contained, movable and easy to permit and are expected to result in greater productivity, lower attrition and fewer onsite… [More…]

October 2012: Business Indicators

Oil production, an important driver of North Dakota’s economy, continues to climb. Although rig counts have dropped in recent months, production continues to reach new record levels. August production topped 700,000 barrels per day, an increase of nearly 60 percent in the past twelve months. The impact of the oil industry on the labor market… [More…]

What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?

Six executives share their answers:

Larry Medhurst • General Manager – Operations USA, Marquis Alliance; Julie Schaff Ellingson • Executive Vice President, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association; Dawn Riley • Executive Vice President, Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce; Julie Rygg • Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau; Brenda Wyland • Interim Executive Director, NDSU Research and Technology Park; Michael Chambers • President and CEO, Aldevron, LLC [More…]