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Regional Report: The Plains States Rank High for Business Friendliness

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2016)
Already a powerful region for energy production, the Plains States are luring technology firms with their low taxes and other pro-business policies. More

Advanced Manufacturing Changing the Economic Landscape

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2015)
Across the country, states and localities are working with manufacturers to create and grow outposts for advanced manufacturing. More

Incentives for Advanced Manufacturing: Out of Step with the Times

Dan Emerson (Q4 2015)
Automation and other process improvements have drastically reduced the number of workers needed to achieve a given level of productivity. Have state governments that use tax breaks and other inducements to attract industrial projects updated their incentives to reflect these changing times? Conversations with site selection consultants and state officials paint a varied picture. More

2015 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognizing Excellence in State Job Creation and Economic Development Efforts

Area Development Special Presentation (Q2 2015)
Area Development’s annual awards recognize individual states for their overall economic development effectiveness. This year, we honor 21 states for their achievements in 2014 in garnering investment and job creation with Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Nevada awarded the Gold Shovel. More

Shale Oil & Gas Development Changing the Way the Nation Does Business

Charlotte Batson, Owner and Principal, Batson & Company (Q1 2015)
The development of oil and gas resources is driving infrastructure and manufacturing location decisions, while boosting U.S. competitiveness. More

Regional Report: Tax and Incentives Advantages in Plains States’ Encourage Investment in Renewable Energy and Life Sciences

Karen Thuermer (Directory 2015)
In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s Kansas home is blown away by a powerful tornado. Today, this prairie state is harnessing its wind power for economic development gain. And, the generally low tax environment and plentiful incentives are encouraging investment in renewable energy, life sciences, other R&D throughout all of the plains states. More

Shale Gas Revitalizing U.S. Manufacturing Industry…While Environmentalists Have Their Say

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Directory 2015)
Although some states are rolling back or banning fracking due to potential environmental impact, overall, U.S. shale gas development and production is surging and helping to trigger a resurgence in manufacturing. More

Frontline: Preparing for Takeoff in the Drone Industry

Craig Guillot (Q4 2014)
As drones become smaller, more affordable, and easier to operate, they’re being eyed for use in everything from agriculture to construction and real estate. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says there could be 30,000 of them in American skies by 2020, and according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the business of manufacturing and flying drones could become an $82 billion industry within 10 years. More

NORTH DAKOTA at a glance

POPULATION:723,393 (2013 estimate)

LABOR FORCE: 400,588 (2013)


TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES:Agricultural production, mining

EXPANDING INDUSTRIES: Information technology (computer programming services, shared service centers-back offices, manufacturing software, electronic commerce), food processing, industrial and agricultural equipment manufacturing, electronics manufacturing, energy, renewable energy

COLLEGE GRADUATES: (Age 25 and over) 41.0% (2013 ACS estimate)

Corporate Income Tax: The corporate income tax rate was lowered effective January 1, 2013. The current corporate income tax rate range is 1.48 to 4.53 percent with exemptions.

Sales Tax: 5 percent on retail sales of tangible personal property and certain services; more than 100 cities levy local tax, ranging between 1 and 2.5 percent

Property Tax: Administered, levied (at different levels), collected, and expended at the local level to support schools, counties, cities, townships, and other local government units; state does not levy a property tax for general government operations (with exemptions); five-year property tax exemption for new and expanding businesses with two extensions available

Unemployment Tax: 1.22 percent of the first $33,600 of wages per employee for new businesses, nonconstruction Workers' Compensation Tax: Rates apply to only the first $33,600 of wages per employee. Employers may be eligible for a discount on their premium.

North Dakota Department of Commerce — Economic Development & Finance Division:
• North Dakota Development Fund (gap financing)

Bank of North Dakota:
• PACE (interest buydown program)
• MATCH (low-interest loans)
• Business Development Loans
• Micro Business Loan Program

Job Service North Dakota:
• Workforce 20/20
• North Dakota New Jobs Program

Principal Manufacturing industries

  • Machinery
  • Food & Beverages
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Fabricated Metal Products
  • Wood Product/Printing
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Products
  • Computer & Electronic Products
  • Plastics & Rubber Products
  • Furniture & Related Products
  • Other Manufacturing Industries
Source: Job Service North Dakota