The Economic Development Governor’s Choice Awards honor economic development professionals, organizations and projects making a significant impact on communities and regions in North Dakota. Awards are given out annually at the EDND Fall Conference.



This award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution that will leave a lasting impact on the economic health of his/her community or region, thus increasing the quality of life for residents. The award is given in the category of large and small community.

Recent Winners:
2020 – Small Community – KayCee Lindsey
2020 – Large Community – Shawn Wenko
2019 – Small Community – Carol Peterson
2019 – Large Community – Jennifer Feist
2018 – Small Community – Julie Campbell
2018 – Large Community – Keith Lund
2017 – Small Community – Melissa Beach
2017 – Large Community – Matt Marshall
2016 – Small Community – Dawn Keeley
2016 – Large Community – Ellen Huber
2015 – Small Community – Teran Doerr
2015 – Large Community – Gregory Ridderbusch



This award recognizes a project that has made a significant contribution to the economic health of the community or region in terms of job creation, partnerships and overall economic impact. The award is given in the category of large and small community.

Recent Winners:
2020 – Small Community – City of Cavalier/Cavalier Stimulus Incentive Program
2020 – Large Community – Forward Devils Lake/CoJack Snack and Pack LLC
2019 – Small Community – Lewis and Clark Development Group/North County Veterinary Clinic
2019 – Large Community – Valley City-Barnes County Development Corp/John Deere Seeding Group and I-94 Corridor
2018 – Small Community – Stark Development Corporation/Stone Mill LLC
2018 – Large Community – Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC/Dakota Specialty Milling
2017 – Small Community – Stark Development Corporation/ABLE Inc.
2017 – Large Community – City of West Fargo/Wex Health
2016 – Small Community – Bowman County Development Corporation/Bowman Gateway Industrial Park
2016 – Large Community – Stark Development Corporation/Fluffy Fields Vineyard and Winery
2015 – Small Community – Walsh County Job Development Authority/Kringstad Ironworks
2015 – Large Community – Williston Star Fund/TrainND-Northwest Center



This award is given for a development project that increases quality of life or otherwise brings about positive impacts in a community.

Recent Winners:
2020 – City of Lisbon/Rehab of the Hammelton
2019 – Wahpeton Community Development/City Brew Hall
2018 – Adams County Development Corporation’s Helping Hettinger Day
2017 – Hazen Community Development/Energy Capital Cooperative Child Care
2016 – Tioga Economic Development Corporation’s Drone Camp for Kids
2015 – City of Grafton’s Housing Rehabilitation Project