MADC Board Members Virtually Attend NDTO’s Trade Event
In November, a number of Minot Area Development Corporation Board Members virtually attended the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO)’s virtual seminar entitled Empowering People to Expand Trade. The NDTO assists North Dakota companies with export expansion through education, research, and organization of trade missions, reverse missions, and education to help identify opportunities and improve export processes.
The webinar covered the many services available to North Dakota companies to help grow their exports both domestically and internationally, what state and federal funding programs administered by the NDTO are available to financially support ND exporters, NDTO partnerships with associations and Trade Service Providers, and additional benefits available with a NDTO Membership.
Learn more about the North Dakota Trade Office at www.ndto.com.
Weekly service at the Port of Minot diversifies the region’s economy
Rail Modal Group (RMG) is now shipping out one train per week at the Port of Minot. RMG launched the service in late October and shipped out its first train on October 30th. Since then they have been working diligently to reach their goal of loading one train per week.
The intermodal service in Minot is a push to help diversify the region and state’s economy. Farmers have stepped up to grow new specialty crops like beans, peas, and lentils. Customers can save money on trucking to more distant intermodal facilities and taking trucks off the road, which makes it more environmentally friendly.
Leaving from Minot, it takes about 72 hours for a train to reach the dock at Seattle. From there it will load on a vessel that will sail within seven days. The docks are controlled by the Northwest Seaport Alliance in Seattle and Tacoma.