Tentative Conference Schedule 2024

The Olive Ann Hotel, 322 Demers Ave, Suite 500, Grand Forks, ND 58201.


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Tuesday, April 30th, 2024


1:00 – 2:00pm                       Load Bus / Travel to Grand Sky – Bus leaves at 1:30 from Olive Ann

2:00 – 4:00pm                      Grand Sky Tours

                                                                  Tours – MNOC, Northrop Grumman & General Atomics
                                                                  Bus Sponsor: North Dakota Trade Office
                                                                  Grand Sky tour attendees MUST ride the bus to and from Grand Sky.
                                                                    *There is no additional fee to attend Grand Sky tours, sign up by end of day April 18

4:00 – 4:30pm                     Load Bus / Travel to the HIVE

                                                                   The HIVE address: 375 2nd Ave N, Grand Forks, ND 58203

4:30 – 5:30pm                     Putting the “You” in UAS: A Vision for all Communities

5:30 – 8:30pm                     The HIVE Evening Social

                                                    Social Sponsor: Minnkota Power Cooperative


Wednesday, May 1st, 2024


7:30 – 8:30am                    Registration and Breakfast

                                                  Breakfast Sponsor: Bolton and Menk

8:15 – 8:30am                     Welcome

8:30 – 9:30am                    Speaking with a Collaborative Voice

9:30 – 10:30am                  Financial Sandwich: Bank of ND, Lenders, and Tax Incentives

10:30 – 11:00am                 Break with Exhibitors

                                                  Break Sponsor: ND SBDC

11:00am – 12:00pm           Workforce Development: Talent Attraction Initiatives

12:00 – 1:15pm                   Lunch w/ Keynote Panel:  Site Selection – How to Put ND on the Map

                                                  Lunch Sponsor: Impact Dakota

1:15 – 2:15pm                      Panel:  Attracting Global Talent

2:15 – 3:15pm                     Data on Demand                                                          

3:15 – 3:45pm                    Break with Exhibitors

                                                  Break Sponsor: CHI St. Alexius – Bismarck Foundation

3:45 – 4:15pm                     Legislative Update


4:30 – 6:30pm                  Add on Session:  Site Selector Meet & Greet

                                                                             *Registration Due April 18 for Site Selector Add on Event*


6:30 – 10:00pm                Grand Forks Downtown Experience Social

                                                Social Sponsor: North Dakota Department of Commerce

6:30 – 7:30pm                  Grand Forks Downtown Walking Tour

                                               Meet in the lobby of the Olive Ann at 6:20 to start the tour!

7:30 – 10pm                      Downtown Axe Social

                                                 Downtown Axe Address: 8 S 3rd St, Grand Forks

Thursday, May 2nd, 2024


7:30 – 8:00am                Breakfast

                                              Breakfast Sponsor: Grand Forks Region EDC

8:00 – 9:30am                Speed Stating: The State of Economic Development

9:30 – 10:30am              Pipes, Power, & Pathways: Economic Development & Infrastructure

10:30 – 11:30am             Reviving Main Street – Small City, Big Ideas

11:30am – 12:30pm       Understanding Your Audience: Marketing Personas

12:30pm                          Closing Remarks



Thank You Sponsors