Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford To Speak At May’s Drone Biz Event

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The top elected official overseeing unmanned aircraft systems in the state of North Dakota will speak at Drone Biz this month.

Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford will highlight opportunities the state’s executive leadership sees for the unmanned industry. Sanford is the chairman of the Northern Plains Unmanned Systems Authority, which oversees the Northern Plains UAS Test Site headquartered in Grand Forks.

Last month at the state’s UAS Industry Day, Sanford said the state is working with organizations to continue growing the industry.

“The state’s future is bright and with UAS, the sky is literally the limit,” Sanford said on March 23.

In addition to Sanford’s address, Mark Nisbet, N.D. principal manager with Xcel Energy, also will share an update on the company’s partnership with the state to advance UAS technology integration in its business operations.

Drone Biz is free to attend and lunch can be purchased for $10. Those interested in attending can RSVP here by May 9. The event start at noon at the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp. office, 120 N. Fourth St.

Drone Biz is held at noon every second Thursday of the month at rotating locations in Grand Forks.