Developing North Dakota’s economy in three sustainable & high-growth sectors:
unmanned aerial systems (UAS); cybersecurity; & advanced computing
UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS
The Red River Valley has developed into a top destination for major manufacturers and developers of unmanned systems with a number of areas that are primed for growth, including sensor payload development, security, communications, and policy/law. Development of these areas will drive further economic growth in the region. In effect, we believe that North Dakota is capable of becoming a mandatory venue for UAS-linked industry.
Cybersecurity is being developed to provide research and development, education and workforce training in the national security arena for both the public and private sectors. There are approximately one million current private sector vacancies for cybersecurity professionals and ten thousand unmet positions in the federal government in the United States. Thus, the ultimate goal of developing cybersecurity programs is to enhance North Dakota’s research and workforce capabilities and draw new industries to the state.
As research and industry increasingly become more interconnected through computing and data, it is imperative for universities and industry to have competitive computing resources and talent. Having highly capable systems will allow North Dakota to leverage its current competitive positions in petroleum, agriculture, and aviation, in order to create new computational programs focused on the transfer of ideas. While all industries may benefit from a burgeoning data analytics capacity, the healthcare, utility, financial, and high tech industries will benefit almost immediately from the research and workforce development in this area.