NDDOT granted waiver to operate unmanned aircraft systems over people
Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement after the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) announced it has received a four-year waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) over people.
“This is fantastic news for North Dakota as we continue to strengthen our position as the nation’s proving ground for UAS,” Burgum said. “This waiver acknowledges the excellent work that NDDOT and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site are doing with public and private partners to ensure that unmanned aircraft are safety integrated into the national airspace, at the same time attracting new technology, jobs and businesses to our state.”
In May 2018, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced NDDOT as one of 10 participants selected nationwide for the FAA’s UAS Integration Pilot Program. Burgum followed that action by proposing a statewide UAS infrastructure network to support UAS flights beyond visual line of sight. The state Legislature in April approved $28 million for the statewide network, as well as $2 million to support test site operations and $3 million to upgrade infrastructure at the Grand Sky business development park. With the funding, the state has invested approximately $77 million to advance UAS research and development in North Dakota and diversify the state’s economy.
First Lady receives Outstanding Contribution Award from national SADD organization
First Lady Kathryn Burgum was recognized as a leader in youth health and safety by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) with the Outstanding Contribution Award.
The award is given to an individual who has consistently worked to promote the safety of young people, thereby directly benefiting the members of SADD chapters across the country. It is one of the organization’s highest honors presented to a passionate advocate whose work advances the themes of SADD: traffic safety, substance abuse, and personal health and safety.
“Students Against Destructive Decisions plays a critical role in North Dakota and the country by empowering youth to be leaders and take action to transform their communities,” First Lady Burgum said. “I am grateful to be recognized by such a proactive organization committed to solutions for the challenges that many youths are facing like addiction and stigma.”
Other national award winners include Alberto Gutier, director of the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Kimberly and Stephen Schlapman, county music artists from Little Big Town receiving the Youth Choice Award.
“We are honored to be able to celebrate the many individuals and organizations whose work supports our efforts to empower teens, engage parents, mobilize communities and create the change we deeply desire,” said Rick Birt, SADD president and CEO. “Without them, we would not be able to do what we do each and every day.”
Sanford attends opening of new grain terminal in Parshall
Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford attended the dedication and grand opening of United Quality Cooperative’s new $19 million grain terminal on Thursday in Parshall.
Sanford praised the efforts to construct the new terminal, which is set to be in full operation later this year, as well as the contributions it will make to the region's economy.
"Farming and ranching are woven into the fabric of our communities, both rural and urban. The efficiencies you’ve added with this great new facility will result in a substantial time savings for the co-op and its farmer-members," Sanford said. "Investment in new projects such as this highlight the success and potential of our ag industry and grain production in North Dakota."
The facility will have 820,000 bushels of internal storage. United Quality Cooperative serves members and customers through grain elevators in Parshall, New Town and Ross, and retail stores in Keene, New Town and Parshall.
'Work Worth Doing' talks cryptocurrency, financial technology and investor protection
Karen Tyler, Commissioner of the Securities Department, joined Gov. Burgum on Work Worth Doing this week to share how her team helps safeguard investments and protect against bad actors looking to defraud North Dakotans.
Innovations in financial technology such as cryptocurrency and micro-investing apps pose new opportunities and risks for investors. Navigating these technologies can be tricky for consumers. Tyler says the department offers a wide range of assistance and education to help avoid financial scams.
Listen to the episode at the link below.