(Bismarck, ND) — North Dakota officials are announcing a new workforce grant program. The North Dakota Regional Workforce Impact Program will provide grants to regional economic and workforce development agencies and will put in place plans to address workforce challenges in all sizes of businesses. The plan is part of Governor Doug Burgum’s Accelerate ND proposal last fall to the Legislature. The Accelerate ND initiative would require hundreds of millions of dollars in federal COVID aid. Lawmakers approved 15 million for regional workforce grants in their special session in November.