Grand Forks (February 13, 2023): The U.S. Economic Development Administration granted the City of Grand Forks $1.08 million to assist with converting the former Grand Forks Herald building (275 Second Avenue N.) into a technology accelerator. This space has now been thoughtfully re-designed to support unmanned aerial and autonomous systems (UAS) startups and entrepreneurs; build this industry sector; and provide workforce upskilling opportunities. With construction nearly complete, the City is now seeking a corporate sponsor to acquire naming rights for the building.
Branded “The HIVE” in reference to the swarm of drone-based firms and activities it will host, this facility aims to become the premier UAS-focused accelerator in North America. Grand Forks prides itself on its UAS ecosystem: it is one of seven beyond visual line of sight locations in the world; it has access to a digital ASR-11 radar system; it has topography and climate that are ideal for testing UAS technology; and it offers several funding options in a pro-business climate.
“The HIVE is generating a lot of industry buzz,” said Johnny Ryan, its managing director. “The sponsor of this facility will be buying a high-visibility opportunity to promote its business and align itself with a fast-growing high-tech industry in Grand Forks.”
A decision on naming rights is expected in April, and an official opening of The HIVE is tentatively scheduled for May. Funding received from naming rights and other sponsorships will support the programming and operations of the facility. For more information, visit www.NameTheHive.com.
About the HIVE: The HIVE is an unmanned aerial systems and autonomous technology accelerator located in the heart of downtown Grand Forks. The 32,000+ square foot facility offers high quality office, classroom and meeting space with relevant programming and services to support Grand Forks’ workforce as well as the startups housed within the HIVE.