- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Grand Fork’s Grand Sky aerospace technology park will get $5.6 million in additional state funding to support the continued development of the facility, Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced Monday.

The complex for unmanned aircraft systems is under construction and will occupy more than 200 acres adjacent to Grand Forks Air Force Base. It is designated by the Federal Aviation Administration as one of six drone test sites in the nation.

The governor said the state already has invested more than $30 million at Grand Sky, which recently added Northrop Grumman as a tenant.

The 2015 Legislature appropriated another $4.4 million contingent upon Grand Sky’s further development.

“North Dakota’s leadership in the growing (unmanned aircraft systems) industry is attracting national attention and we remain committed to developing our expertise and assets into a national hub for UAS manufacturing, research and development,” Dalrymple said in a statement.

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