Impact Dakota is proudly supported by two major investors: the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Manufacturing Extension Partnership program (NIST MEP) and the North Dakota Department of Commerce, and works collaboratively with many regional partners and affiliates.    



Principal Supporters


NIST MEP - Impact Dakota Partners

NIST MEP invests financial resources in a network of 60 centers (at least one in every state) dedicated to helping manufacturers better invest in their futures, increase productivity, improve profitability and enhance economic competitiveness. This national knowledge sharing network links thousands of manufacturers and technical experts across the country committed to growing American manufacturing.  MEP practitioners and affiliates serve over 25,000 manufacturers annually.  

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Department of Commerce
State of North Dakota

The mission of the Department of Commerce is to lead North Dakota's efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. They target five industries to broaden the state's economic base, create new wealth and generate quality jobs including (1) value-added agriculture, (2) advanced manufacturing, (3) technology-based business, (4) tourism and (5) energy. 

Impact Dakota is the advanced manufacturing program they support and invest in to build the industry.  

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In addition to the Principal Supporters, Impact Dakota develops relationships with organizations most able to align resources (time, treasure and talent) with us in order to help us carry out a common mission of developing manufacturing and other new wealth creating industries.  Activities include working together to develop and deliver services, hosting special events (like Manufacturing Day), conferences, events, and webinars and/or workshops. 

Here are some examples: 




Economic Development Association of North Dakota Business Development Assistance

Greater North Dakota Chamber

Manufacturing Industry Advocacy and Development

Minn Dak Manufacturing Association

Manufacturing Networking, Promotion

North Dakota Department of Agriculture

Develop Value Added Ag Manufacturers

National Defense Industrial Association
Northern Tier Chapter
Defense and National Security Association
North Dakota APEX Accelerator  Government Contract Assistance
North Dakota Small Business Development Center Business Assistance Center

North Dakota Trade Office

Global Business Development

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Develop Manufacturing Capabilities