Jan 1, 2014 at 6:26 am
There’s more than just bragging rights at stake with this week’s selection of Grand Forks to be a test site to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace. A recent economic impact report suggests during the first three years of integration more than 70-thousand jobs will be created in the U-S with an economic impact of more than 13-point-six billion dollars. That’s why 24 states submitted proposals vying for the f-a-a designation. Supporters also say it should help spur further development of the grand sky tech park at the grand forks air force base. When up and running the state-of-the-art u-a-s tech park could support as many as 27-hundred jobs. al palmer of u-n-d’s u-a-s center for excellence says many of those jobs will command salries in the 100-thousand dollar range. northrup grumman has already agreed to be a grand sky anchor tenant.
knox/ doug barrett