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North Dakota

Economic policy

The North Dakota Economic Development and Finance Division of the Department of Commerce seeks to attract new industry, retain and expand existing industry, promote start-up businesses, and develop markets for state products. The state uses a local approach to provide business incentives, including job training, financing, and tax-abatement programs. In 2003, the main operating units within the division included the Rural Development Council, Research, Marketing, and Business Development. Other divisions within the Department of Commerce focused on Community Services, Tourism and Workforce Development.