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Strong ND Economy Continues to Bring Business

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North Dakota is open for business.

The newest campaign for the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce has stirred some controversy in neighboring states,

but Chief Executive Andy Peterson says the sign is true: the tax, legal and regulatory environment in North Dakota has business thriving.

North Dakota's economy expanded 13.4 percent in 2012.

The North Dakota Chamber is hosting Legislative Session Review meetings across the state.

Peterson says businesses did quite well this session, especially in labor laws.

He says much of the country attributes North Dakota's success to oil, but agriculture, manufacturing and technology are all on the rise as well.

He says North Dakota's success has more to do with a friendly business environment.

(Andy Peterson, ND Chamber of Commerce CEO) "We put a sign just across the Minnesota boarder that said 'North Dakota Open for Business.' A few folks in Minnesota didn't like that but we heard a lot from Minnesota business owners saying, 'You know, I grew up in North Dakota, I now run a business in St Cloud,' or 'Minneapolis. I'm tired of the tax, legal and regulatory system here.' It's fun to entice them back here with the environment we have here. Everywhere we go people are talking about what works in North Dakota. And truly, it does work in North Dakota."

The Greater North Dakota Chamber has hosted Legislative Session Review meetings in Williston, Dickinson and Bismarck.

They'll be moving to the eastern side of the state next week.

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