Jamestown Offering Financial Incentives For Drone Companies

By Keith Norman
Jamestown Sun

The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. put the welcome mat out for any company looking to locate an unmanned aerial system or drone business in Jamestown by approving one of the first incentive packages for the industry, according to Connie Ova, CEO of the JSDC.

Corey Shevlin, business development manager, told the JSDC Business Attraction Committee Monday that most UAS companies don’t qualify for the new jobs training incentive offered through the North Dakota Department of Commerce because most UAS businesses are considered service businesses rather than primary sector.

Primary sector businesses usually manufacture or process a product.

The plan developed by the JSDC would offer a program similar to the new job training incentive to any UAS business locating in Jamestown or Stutsman County.

Shevlin said the plan bases the benefit on the number of employees up to 10 workers. The benefit would vary depending on the wages, but a new UAS company with five workers at average wages could see an incentive of about $42,000.

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