It’s a good opportunity to start a relationship with North Dakota.
That’s how the CEO of a Norwegian company looking at expansion into the U.S. describes the Norsk Høstfest and today’s business seminar called, “Bridging the Atlantic.”
Per Kristian Haga says his company, Robot Aviation, sees places such as Grand Forks and Minot as ripe for his drone manufacturing company to get a foothold on the U.S. market.
(Per Kristian Haga, Robot Aviation CEO – Norway) “We know this reaches between Norway and this area – North Dakota – and we will try to do business in North Dakota and establish employment in the state.”
One of the hosts of today’s drone-focused, ‘business-to-business’ seminar was Minot State University, where courses are offered that can help students get onboard with drone technology.
The chancellor of the state university system says unmanned technology in going to change the world.
(Dr. Mark Hagerott, N.D. University System Chancellor) “It’s about a transformation that rivals industrialization. Looking at agriculture, my grandparents homesteaded here with horses and there were then steam tractors and modern equipment. Well in unmanned systems another revolution is underway. Robotics advanced technology and Minot should play in that.”
Hagerott says the Minot area is also the starting point for an unmanned highway proposed by the federal government to stretch to Texas for testing of unmanned vehicles.