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Oct 18, 2013 at 6:55 am


The u-s air force will sign a lease in December with grand forks county for an unmanned aircraft tech park at the grand forks air force base.    U-s senators hoeven and Heitkamp and governor dalrymple issued statements late Thursday in support of the agreement.   Under terms of the deal the county will lease 217 acres over 50 years for the park dubbed “grand sky.”    Hoeven says the agreement bolsters the chances of grand forks landing one of six u-a-s tests sites to integrate manned and unmanned aircraft into the national air space.   A decision by the f-a-a on those sites is expected by the end of the year.   In October hoeven said the technology project has the potential to create 27-hundred jobs.   Senator Heitkamp says the arrangement will be a positive development for the entire region.   Governor dalrymple says the move provides financial and operational support to the g-f-a-f-b.   aerospace manufacturer northrup grumman has indicated support for being an anchor tenant in the u-a-s technology park.

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