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Tell us about SkySkopes and its history. SkySkopes is a professional unmanned aircraft systems operator. I’m proud to say that in May, In Flight USA magazine called us “the leading UAS service provider in the industry.” We have offices in Grand Forks, Minot and Williston, as well as in Minneapolis, Fort Worth and Denver. We have several dozen FTEs, and our mission is to provide innovative solutions to the energy sector with UAS.
How is employee performance management evolving? For example, are alternatives emerging to the traditional annual or biannual review? In an ongoing effort to drive strategy, build culture and keep employees engaged, Dakota Carrier Network has embarked on a new journey with an Entrepreneurial Operating System, commonly known as Traction.
Editor’s note: Adam Zach and Jon Enright are the co-founders of Set Your Rent, a Grand Forks and Fargo-based startup. In May, Set Your Rent won the annual Shark Tank event sponsored by The Chamber of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Recently, Prairie Business sat down with Zach and Enright in The 701 co-working space in Grand Forks to talk about the company and its website, SetYourRent.com. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.
FARGO, N.D. – You heard it here first: A Fargo construction project that’s costing close to $150 million is poised to double the capacity of a certain utility, making it the biggest in the state. And you’ll probably never hear about it again. That’s because the utility is a wastewater treatment plant, a civic function that’s absolutely vital but whose builders and operators strive to maintain the lowest possible profile for their operation.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Diverting rivers, preventing floods and pumping an entire region’s water supply up and over a continental divide? That’s the easy part. It’s the politics of water projects that’s hard.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Rick Trontvet knows the numbers: Half a million open jobs in manufacturing right now, and over the next decade in America, some 2.4 million manufacturing jobs could go unfilled. In fact, as senior vice president of human resources for the Minnesota-based Marvin Companies – most of whose factories are in thinly populated rural areas – Trontvet knows the trends better than most.
Editor’s note: Nicholas Flom is executive director for the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site. The Grand Forks, N.D.-based organization is one of seven nationwide that have been designated by the Federal Aviation Administration to research the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace system. This Q&A with Flom has been edited for clarity and length.
Our primary efforts include frequent one-to-one, manager-to-employee conversations – whether face-to-face or via video or email – along with monthly in-person safety and informational meetings for each remote work group. We also publish a twice-weekly company newsletter (which includes videos), broadcast quarterly livestreams from our president and hold annual employee townhalls.
Two interests of mine come together in this issue. The first is the region’s remarkable economy and the leaders who’ve helped it grow. In this issue, we honor 10 of those leaders. They’re the winners of our inaugural Leaders & Legacies awards, an award created to call attention to the area’s top entrepreneurs and CEOs. Some of our winners started their own business and nurtured it to exponential growth. Others assumed leadership of a firm and ratcheted up its performance.
Editor’s note: Ross Manson is chief innovation officer at Eide Bailly, the regional accounting and business advisory firm that is 102 years old this year. In this Q&A, he explains how companies can and should encourage innovation – and how doing so has been one of Eide Bailly's keys to success. Q. Tell us about Eide Bailly.