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Tenant spaces are filling up in buildings planned for the first construction phase at Grand Sky. Half of the available spaces in the unmanned aircraft systems business park now have leases attached to them, according to Tom Swoyer Jr., president of Grand Sky Development Co., which is behind the park's construction. Swoyer gave an update on the $300 million business park's progress Wednesday during the ninth annual UAS Summit & Expo at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Grand Sky Development is in the midst of installing about $8 million in infrastructure at the site, located on land adjacent
If the East Grand Forks city budget pass as proposed, residents would see a higher property tax bill, but a city tax hike wouldn't be responsible for the entire increase. At the City Council's Tuesday work session, the council learned the average house could see a roughly $215 increase on its property tax bill assuming a 25 percent increase to the city's tax levy is passed and its property value increases at least 12 percent. City staff determined the average value of a property in the city to be $198,000. City Administrator David Murphy said the Polk County Assessor's Office reported land
As mishaps with unmanned aircraft systems become more publicized so have the legal questions surrounding their use. A panel of attorneys sought to clarify some of the laws of unmanned flight, data capture and insurance Tuesday at the ninth annual UAS Summit & Expo in Grand Forks. Invasion of privacy is one legal problem that comes with UAS use, conjuring images of unmanned aircraft flying over fences and hovering outside windows. Lisa Ellman, a partner with Hogan Lovells law firm in Washington, D.C., said the privacy pushback is similar to those experienced by past technologies, including c
General Atomics plans to open an unmanned aircraft flight crew training academy that could be operational in Grand Forks County by early next year, officials said Tuesday. The academy, created by an affiliate of defense contractor General Atomics, aims to close a gap between the supply and demand of trained unmanned aircraft pilots. "General Atomics is not new to the training game," Director of International Programs Dan Fritz said.
Delore Zimmerman can't predict exactly where the unmanned aircraft systems industry is going, but he can tell you where it's been. Zimmerman is the executive director of the Red River Valley Research Corridor, the organization that has held the annual UAS Summit & Expo in Grand Forks since its inception in 2006.
Another company is ready to sign on the dotted line to become a tenant at Grand Sky, a unmanned aircraft systems business park under construction in Grand Forks County. General Atomic's announcement of plans for a 10-year lease came Monday during U.S.
To those researching potential commercial uses of unmanned aircraft systems, the possibilities seem endless, according to participants in a panel discussion Monday. Six men who have worked with the technology in different capacities gathered onstage Monday at the UAS Summit & Expo to talk about the future of the industry as it wades into commercial applications. While consumers may have visions of aerial pizza delivery in their heads, the uses being explored by local and national firms are more about gathering and analyzing data these machines are able to gather if outfitted with the right e
For the next three days, the Alerus Center in Grand Forks will be host to local, regional and national members of the unmanned aircraft systems industry. The UAS Summit & Expo gets underway today for its ninth year and will feature presentations and exhibits on the latest developments in the fast-growing industry. The event is organized by Red River Valley Research Corridor and UAS Magazine. "This year's UAS Summit will demonstrate the outstanding job North Dakota has done to become a leader in the UAS industry," Delore Zimmerman, executive director at the Red River Valley Research Corridor
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THIEF RIVER FALLS—Two large Sanford Health construction projects are near completion here. Following the relocation of its hospital and clinic to a combined site, Sanford started renovating the vacant locations this spring for new use in the forms of a behavioral heath center and a wellness center. The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house 3:30-6 p.m. Wednesday for the behavioral health center. The now two-story location at 120 LaBree Ave. S.