January 10, 2015: North Dakota did not make the cut for the Silver Shovel Award in 2014.
June 11, 2013: the same story, but at MSN Money.
June 7, 2013: North Dakota GDP growth tops in US; exceeds GDP growth of China.
June 6, 2013: North Dakota's economy -- #1 in US -- third consecutive year
I posted this link/story earlier today, but for reasons that will become obvious later, I am posting it again, and expanding upon it.
First, the link/story in The Dickinson Press:
For the first time ever, North Dakota is being recognized by Area Development Magazine for its permanent economic growth.
Released Wednesday, North Dakota was one of 15 states to be honored with the Silver Shovel Award given by the site selection and facility planning quarterly. Four other states — Texas, Georgia, Alabama and Kansas — received Golden Shovel awards for being the top in their population category.
Each state had to pick 10 projects that represented permanent economic growth for the state, Editor Geraldine Gambale said from her Long Island, N.Y., office.
ONEOK: Bakken Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline and Stateline I and II and Garden Creek I, II and III natural gas processing plants
The Minn-Dak beet processing plant in Wahpeton
The Ultra Green Packaging factory in Devils Lake
Expansion of BNSF facilities in Minot; marketing headquarters in Bismarck
North Dakota State Bank: unique in the US
Port of North Dakota
#1 producer of several agricultural products; among top 5 for several other products
United Pulse Trading expansion in Minot
WAWS bringing potable water to numerous western communities
Proposed fertilizer plants in Jamestown ($1.2 billion); Grand Forks ($1.5 billion)
Two dozen crude-by-rail terminals established in less than five years
Numerous major pipeline projects: oil and natural gas
Bobcat expansion/re-emergence in Bismarck
North Dakota ranks third in percent of electricity production from wind energy (Iowa #1, South Dakota #2)
North Dakota ranks #1 in barley production, key to beer production (this alone should qualify us for the Golden Shovel award next year)
UND's Department of Aviation: largest collegiate training fleet
Great Plains Synfuels Plant uses thirteen percent of North Dakota’s yearly coal production to produce synthetic natural gas. This is the only commercial-scale coal gasification plant in the U.S., producing 54 billion cubic feet per year, most of which is piped to eastern states
Construction has begun on first new refinery in the United States since 1976 in the Dickinson area; two more planned