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  1. Are we sure Kuda Bank isn’t just the bank funding the new build? I’m assuming we all know that’s common for the bank who’s financing the build to put up their sign at the build site but just thought I’d ask haha
  2. Yes for several years now. They shined things up quite a bit for them
  3. https://www.grandforksherald.com/news/government-and-politics/6708635-Despite-pandemic-Grand-Forks’-sales-tax-revenue-outpaces-2019
  4. Wow that’s great news. This is the first legitimate new business moving to GF that I’ve seen in quite a long time. Hopefully there are more drone companies to follow. I can’t read the article so can someone tell me how many employees are expected?
  5. They needed ANYONE other than Brown at least 8 years ago. It’s unbelievable the ground GF has lost in the past 10 years compared to other similar cities. GF was very similar to Fargo, Bismarck and Sioux Falls 10-15 years ago. Now look at the differences, it’s unbelievable how far GF has fallen behind. And I’ll give you a hint, it’s not just because GF only has one interstate going through town. Mayor Bo will make some improvements, but in reality, it’s an impossible uphill battle to get back on pace with the peer-cities. I’m hopeful GF can at least move at their own pace in a better upward trend, and can capitalize on some of their niches and maybe even find a few new ones. At this point they have to find those because they won’t be able to compete with Fargo, SF and Bis for any common industry businesses wanting to move to the semi-local area.
  6. This list will get longer by the month. The tipping point is far gone. GF is no longer business competition for anyone other than EGF and Crookston. I don’t expect to see any new Major businesses moving to Gf anytime in the foreseeable future. They’ve even dropped the ball on UAV business development in a big way in my opinion.
  7. Great idea. Malls are doing spectacular right now They should job-poach the Columbia mall manager to get things kick started right away
  8. Thanks for explaining. Wow that’s comical. Clean house
  9. I can’t open it because even the GFH is apparently holding on by a thread. What’s it say and what’s the EDC?
  10. 165 jobs per year in a MSA population around 105,000....unbelievably frighteningly poor. And I really hope that’s net. Either way holy crap Peers are creating 5x that right here in ND and even 10x that in Fargo’s case. What’s GF’s excuse? The amazon deal they let fall through alone costed them more than 660 jobs in one swipe. Despicable. It’s honestly as if the city of GF is actually pushing hard to deter growth and development. Even an extremely lazy and passive group of leadership in their place could’ve had enough opportunities fall into their lap over the past 4 years to produce more than 660 jobs in this market. It’s honestly appears like there is a large effort to stop anything new from happening. Are most of the city council members and city leadership team business owners? Do they screen out all of the opportunities to make sure it won’t negatively affect their personal income? Did I hear it correctly that NO ONE on the council got challenged for their spot? If so, what the hell kind of corrupt good ole boys club is going on in forks? Amazing to see for a city of that size
  11. What businesses have recently planted roots in GF? Red river petroleum? 30 employees? I honestly can’t name anything else recently which is unbelievably sad. Grand Sky and GAAS somewhat recent. Marvin windows? Nope. Digikey? Nope. FedEx? Nope. US Borderstates? Nope. You can physically see GF falling behind Fargo, Bismarck and even Minot by the week.Oil money yes, but you can clearly see Dickinson and Williston pressing on at a rate much higher than GF which will likely prove them out to be bigger hubs than GF by 2030 at this rate.
  12. Yet another kick in the pants to Grand Forks. This was a HUGE opportunity, and Wichita took it on like the new USA Drone Capital champs they are. I’ve been following this pretty closely, and never once heard of GF even being in the running even though they should’ve been all over it. My guess is the city council and leadership weren’t and still aren’t even aware of it. Just continue on...everything is fine! We’re fine! LMAFO, what a joke. I should probably start trying to not care anymore because these hits will likely keep coming and the city clearly doesn’t care. https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2020/07/09/2059948/0/en/AgEagle-Aerial-Systems-Selects-Wichita-Kansas-to-Locate-and-Expand-Manufacturing-Facilities.html
  13. First thing I’d do is hire a full time salaried city employee as a Business Recruiter to capitalize on the current state of the country. There are thousands of businesses around the country in California, NY, IL, CT, and best yet MN that are being gutted by their state and local governments and are chomping at the bit to move out, given the right opportunity. Call them ALL. Find out which of those companies would be a decent fit for GF and figure out some sort of benefitted offer for them to move their business to GF. Tax relief, discounted land, or whatever else would seem fit for each situation. God knows there’s an unlimited amount of Empty and open commercial real estate in Gf so that would give many of them a quick option for moving to GF if needed. Even reaching out to every large and small drone company in the country would be a good idea, even if they’re not itching to move. Claim GF as the drone hub and they’ll be left behind not being here with the top talent and center of the industry. Screw the good ole boys club that has drug GF down for the past decade and open some gates to get something flowing. Anything. If it’s going to compete with an existing business, then good! Create some competition. I think the community has spoken by voting that old stagnant mayor out finally. Take some risks and create some excitement for once GF has grown slower than the average US city (5% vs 6%) while Fargo, West Fargo, Bismarck, Mandan, Minot, Williston, Dickinson have all absolutely blown up over 15,20,30% in the same span. Jamestown is the only town over 10k that GF is growing faster than. WOOF Obviously an oil boom is an outlier situation, but when you’re surrounded by other cities just launching with growth you should be seeing at least a little of that success which usually comes from successful neighbors. Yet, here’s GF seemingly going backwards. It’s actually depressing and sad to drive through that town with very little new sites other than shut down businesses that were just open on my last trip through. I’d love to see that turn around.
  14. Wow. If Otis (only possibly?), skokna and Mitchell are the best they can offer from the backfield I’m going to be majorly concerned. Hopefully the OL is much better this year because they’re going to need all the help they can get. Seems like a pretty average D2 backfield to me. who’s next to leave?
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