Grand Sky UAS Park nearer to fruitionGrand Forks county is inching closer to an agreement on a UAS park at Grand Forks Air Force Base.
By: Victor Correa, WDAZ
Grand Forks county is inching closer to an agreement on a UAS park at Grand Forks Air Force Base.
The park, to be known officially as Grand Sky, could open up to three thousand jobs over the next 10 to 20 years.
"I think its changing the game for UAS in the country, I think its developing a whole new economic sector for the state of North Dakota," said Grand Forks County Commissioner John Schmisek.
County Commissioner John Schmisek is excited for the UAS park Grand Sky to begin development. He announced the projects progress earlier this week.
"Last Tuesday the county commission approved the actual site developer agreement and we also approved the sub-lease to the site developer," said Schmisek.
Grand Sky would act as a technology park on the Grand Forks Air Force Base and allow for private and public parties to develop and research UAS.
"Quite honestly, having gotten into this, i'm not a technical whiz-guy or anything like that, so, I don't even know if as we do this, we understand the full potential of it yet," said Schmisek.
Before this project and be finalized, there are a few things that need to be taken care of -- an environmental study needs to be completed and Grand Sky needs its first tenant, and they're hoping that northrup grumman will fill that spot.
"They have said for probably a year or more now that they're very interested in Grand Sky development and would like to be the first tenant," Schmisek said.
The site, when it is up and running, could create up to 400 jobs through 2017 -- and more as it grows.
Also, part of the developer agreement is that 80 percent of the sub-contractors hired to develop Grand Sky should be from North Dakota. Commissioners say ground breaking could be as early as april.