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CITY, N.D. ( – The Economic Development Association of North Dakota (EDND) presented its annual Economic Impact Awards for Project of the Year and Community Development on Oct. 19 during its fall conference in Valley City.

The Project of the Year award recognizes a project that has made a significant contribution to the economic health of a community or region in terms of job creation, partnerships and overall economic impact. The award is presented in a large and small community division. The 2016 recipient of the large community division award is Fluffy Fields Vineyard and Winery, a project aided by Stark Development Corporation. The recipient of the small community division award is Bowman County Development Corporation’s project, the Bowman Gateway Industrial Park.

The Community Development award recognizes an economic development project that has increased the quality of life. The 2016 recipient of this award is the Tioga Economic Development Corporation’s Drone Camp for Kids.

“Economic developers around the state are dedicated to improving the economic health of North Dakota, and EDND is pleased to recognize the stand-out programs and projects of all our Impact Award winners,” says EDND President Connie Ova.

EDND represents more than 80 state economic development organizations on the front line of economic development efforts throughout North Dakota. The primary purpose of the organization is to support the creation of new wealth and the diversification of North Dakota’s economy. Additional information is available at