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Conference highlights Grand Forks' huge potential

GRAND FORKS — What an exciting week for the Grand Forks region. Local company BBI International brought the Bakken east, hosting its inaugural Bakken/Shale Oil Innovations Conference and Expo at the Alerus Center on Feb. 10-12.

BBI expanded into the Bakken region last year, launching The Bakken magazine and now this conference. They and more than 100 other area companies are proving that businesses can expand in the East to do business in the West.

As the state’s energy industries evolve, Grand Forks continues to enthusiastically support opportunities for residents and businesses to grow here. From new housing to infrastructure planning and development along the U.S. Highway 2 corridor, Grand Forks is well-positioned for growth.

We thank Joe Bryan, CEO of BBI International, and his entire team for making a commitment to Grand Forks. Through this conference, they have brought more than 700 people from 41 states and six countries to Grand Forks.

We hope many who visit realize the potential for their companies and employees to live, learn, work, play, stay — and invest — in the region, just as Herald readers are doing.

Michael Brown

Hal Gershman

Brown is mayor of Grand Forks. Gershman is president of the Grand Forks City Council.