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11th UAS Summit & Expo shows how UAS could reshape small town North Dakota

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he UAS summit kicked off in Grand Forks and as some companies are setting up shop. Some locals are wondering what more people coming to town could mean for the community.

"I can tell you the drone industry is currently one of the hottest ones," said Andrej Srsen who works for Sharper Shape, one company that had a booth at the expo.

Favorable regulation is why they Sharper Shape started in Finland. Now, favorable regulation has lead them to open an office in Grand Forks. They say it's because there is no better place to be on the forefront of UAS technology.

Meanwhile, two of the biggest players in the drone world are making waves at Grand Sky. General Atomics is breaking ground on a UAS pilot training center. The other big player, Northrop Grumman, they plan on hiring 100 people by the end of the year.

Some wary of the effects more people in the region will mean. Others say it's all good.

"Grand Forks County is primed to grow," said Brandon Bumbach of the Grand Forks Region Economic Corporation. He says the county's infrastructure is prepared for growth and that smaller towns in the county could be seeing some new faces soon.
Video and story published by Valley News Live here

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