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May 9, 2019

How To Use State And Local Incentives To Grow Your Business

Brandon Baumbach, business development manager at Grand Forks Region Economic Development, will offer his perspective on how the manufacturing industry has evolved over the last several years and discuss the opportunities his organization provides to those working in the manufacturing sector. Specifically, he will discuss the various business support programs that utilize exemptions, subsidies and tax credits to incentivize investment. His presentation will also cover programs developed to help employers retain workforce, as well as how to alleviate the extra costs associated with a tight labor market. Ryan Barstad, co-owner of Arc Metal Forming, will then share how his company has implemented some of the programs offered by Grand Forks Region Economic Development and the benefits that have come from doing so.

Tour Arc Metal Forming

Barstad and Arc Metal Forming will offer meeting attendees an inside look at their facility and equipment, including a 320-ton-capacity CNC hydraulic press brake – one of the strongest machines of its kind in the area. He will also share how his company is adding value and saving time for those working in the oil fields.


Grand Forks Region Economic Development


Alerus Center

1200 42nd Street South

Grand Forks,



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Meeting Agenda

11:00 am
Meeting Registration 

11:30 am
Lunch ($20) And Welcome: 
Hal Halliday, H2WMA 

12:00 pm
H2WMA Update: Hal Halliday

12:10 pm
Speakers: Brandon Baumbach, Grand Forks Region EDC; Ryan Barstad, Arc Metal Forming

1:15 pm

1:30 pm
Optional Tour: Arc Metal Forming