Red River Valley Research Corridor History
In early 2002, Senator Byron Dorgan convened a meeting with the Presidents of North Dakota's state universities and colleges to propose a bold new program to draw millions of Federal research dollars to North Dakota.
"Experience has shown that where there is significant federal research work going on, new jobs and new businesses begin to cluster in order to provide commercial applications for the result of that work," Dorgan said. "I think this can be a very big and important part of North Dakota's economic future."
Dorgan envisioned the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks and North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo anchoring the research corridor, and then reaching out and working cooperatively with state colleges and universities throughout the state.
That first step has stimulated a cycle of Federal research and economic development in North Dakota and is helping to develop the State's major universities into world-class research institutions. Since 2002 more than $300 million of funding has been directed to North Dakota to build world class research centers, support our growing high tech sector, build critical infrastructure and specialized facilities, and train skilled workers for emerging industries.