New North Dakota Blue Book released with chapters honoring aviation, 50 years of UTTC

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It won't help you buy a car, but the newest edition of North Dakota's Blue Book will include new chapters about the state's aviation history and a chapter celebrating 50 years of United Tribes Technical College.

The aviation chapter includes the state's work in Unmanned Aerial systems in Grand Forks and Fargo. Nicholas Flom, the Director at Northern Plains UAS test site says even though the technology has only been around about 15 years, North Dakota has a rich history of UAS investment. As for the future, he says nearly all forms of transportation could see some change.

“Drone deliveries are going to be commonplace. I just got done writing a request for information for the US Postal Service who is looking at using UAS. Just about anyway transportation touches our lives, we can imagine UAS is going to as well,” said Flom.

Current UTTC president Russ McDonald says the college is glad to get the recognition for its longevity. He says going forward, workforce development will be a critical issue to help address the state’s roughly 30,000 open jobs.

“I think we continue the educational work that we’re that we’re doing now and education our tribal peoples, but at the same time maybe working a little closer with North Dakota University System and get the word out on some of the work we’re doing at the tribal colleges,” said McDonald.

Copies of the book can be bought at the Heritage Center Museum store or can be accessed online on the Secretary of State's website.