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Convenient transportation, abundant utilities position you for success

Transportation  |  Telecommunications  |  Electricity/Energy Utilities  |  Water

The Grand Forks region offers convenient access to air, rail, ground, and international transportation to accommodate your company’s growth and position you for success. Planes, trains, and automobiles have convenient access in and out of Grand Forks, making the region an optimal location for business development, employee commuting, and more.

The Grand Forks Advantage

  • Centrally located in North America, making it an ideal location for businesses with shipping locales on both coasts and into Canada.
  • Among the lowest energy rates in the country
  • One of two cities designated as a Foreign Trade Zone in North Dakota
  • A regional air cargo hub for FedEx means earlier delivery, later pick up than other places in the region
  • Average commute time is 12.4 minutes – the lowest in the country for a metro area this size.
  • 500 year flood protection in place
  • Abundant and redundant energy, telecommunications, and water systems


Air service

Through the Grand Forks Regional Airport travelers can reach nearly any U.S. city before noon. The airport is 3 miles from Grand Forks city limits.

  • 6 daily flights to Minneapolis
  • Weekly direct flights to Las Vegas, Orlando, and Mesa
  • Charter, hangar, and other private flight services
  • Daily direct flights to Denver 


  March 2013 March 2014 % change YtD 2013 YtD 2014 % change
Total Boardings 15,759 16,405 4.10% 39,655 40,297 1.62%


Situated at the intersection of Interstate 29 and US Highway 2, access to major highway systems in all directions is convenient. And Interstate 94, which connects North Dakota to Minneapolis, is just 75 miles south. A Canadian border crossing is located 70 miles north, for quick access to Winnipeg.

Rail service

Burlington Northern Santa Fe moves freight through the Grand Forks region and has a hub in the City of Grand Forks. Amtrak’s passenger rail system makes regular, scheduled stops at Grand Forks as well.


  • Wired with three providers offering DSL, T1, T3, satellite, cable and wireless services
  • Redundant infrastructure

Electricity/Energy Utilities


 Averages North Dakota  U.S. 
Commercial 7.70 cents/kWh 9.91 cents/kWh
Industrial 6.35 cents/kWh 6.52 cents/kWh
Source: US Energy Information Administration. March 2012
  • 30 percent green energy production
  • Two utility companies, Xcel Energy, and Nodak Electric Cooperative, distribute electricity and/or natural gas
  • Minnkota Power Cooperative, a regional generation and transmission cooperative, is headquartered in Grand Forks


  • The city has a 16.5 million gallon system with 8 million gallon capacity and redundant supply
  • Rural water districts distribute water in other parts of the region
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