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The RTC Difference

The RTC model is based on the philosophy that an incubator should tailor programs and spaces to fit your goals, not theirs.

A Step Ahead for Your Startup

The Regional Technology Center (RTC) is a highly competitive startup landscape where ventures become adventures. We offer a customizable business incubator that helps your concepts and ideas accelerate quickly into execution and evolution.

Located in Valley City, ND, the RTC is a dynamic partnership between the Valley City-Barnes County Development Corporation and Valley City State University (VCSU). The incubator was created to take advantage of the unique expertise and relationships in the area.

North Dakota is the heart of one of the nation’s most robust and thriving economies. It’s in our nature around here to do what it takes to help our neighbors succeed. Why Valley City?

  • How may we help you?

    • Business and financial support
      • We support your entrepreneurial goals, including financial assistance.
    • Networking
      • We find areas of need and network accordingly for you.
    • Family assistance
      • We help you and your family relocate and assist in job searching for your spouse or partner.
    • Economic partnerships
      • We nurture partnerships between private businesses and VCSU.
    • Workforce
      • We provide you with an expert, homegrown workforce, including software engineering and other IT graduates from VCSU, as well as professionals in the areas of business administration, accounting and other key areas beneficial to tech ventures.
    • Opportunity
      • We develop business and career opportunities for the best in the business.
    • Training
      • We facilitate professional training, customized learning, career opportunities, cutting-edge technology and a state-of-the-art facility that can be tailored to your needs.

RTC Quick Start Model

We have evolved the incubator concept by localizing and adapting to each business venture we host.


  • Individualize

    We customize our resources to fit your venture and eliminate distractions so you can focus on your core competencies.

  • Identify

    We look at everything you need to successfully establish and grow your business.

  • Connect

    We locate community businesses and services for you to assist in business structure planning, marketing, accounting practices and more.

  • Finance

    We provide financial assistance and tap into resources that will help you.
     

  • Mentor

    We provide mentorship from other successful ventures, including networking opportunities with like-minded people and companies.

"This is the perfect fit for startups and expansions because the region has the best understanding of a tech venture business problem and proactively provides solutions."

Ken Behrendt / Eagle Creek president and CEO

The Facility

Well-Connected

We understand how technology businesses operate. As your launching pad, we’ll connect you with community partners and university students.

Valley City–Barnes County and Valley Development Corporation owns the 20,000 sq.ft., state-of-the-art incubator. The corporation’s philosophy is to take a hands-on, individualized approach to assisting incubator residents.

  • Regional Technology Center at-a-glance

    • State-of-the-art infrastructure
    • Large facility (20,000 sq. ft.) has opportunities for businesses of all sizes
    • Four suites from 2,215 sq. ft to 4,377 sq. ft.
    • Fully equipped training lab that seats 40 people
    • Tech-loaded large and small conference rooms
    • Work rooms, copiers, fax, secure network room, etc.
  • Space available

    Suite 1 - OCCUPIED / BEK Communications
    Suite 2 - OCCUPIED / EduTech and Parker Hannifin
    Suite 3 - 4,377 sq. ft.
    Suite 4 - 3,044 sq. ft.
    2 Garages - 386 sq. ft. each

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Workforce Development

Homegrown Expertise

Located near the incubator is Valley City State University, a leader in STEM education and has earned the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges in America for 16 years and counting.

  • Technology on the prairie

    • Ahead of the curve
      • Known for being ahead of the educational technology curve for decades, VCSU was the second college in the nation to disseminate laptop computers to students in 1996.
    • STEM leaders
      • Valley City State University is the leader in STEM education and established the Great Plains STEM Education Center (GPSEC) in 2010. Students acquire an advanced skill set that includes communicating effectively in teams, and embracing diversity – keys to success in a 21st century work environment. Emphasis on hands-on learning and creative problem-solving, while employing the principals and processes of scientific inquiry and engineering design, is useful in all disciplines. The GPSEC:
        • Helps create the path toward broadly implementing STEM Education in North Dakota.
        • Leads development of the North Dakota STEM Network (a collective of stakeholders coordinating statewide STEM efforts).
        • Serves as the state’s fiduciary agent as selected by the 2013 North Dakota Legislature for funding appropriation.
        • Establishes connections with businesses and industries that recognize the need to prepare high school graduates to be career and college ready, equipped with essential problem-solving and communication skills.
    • A strong education collaboration
      • VCSU professors and educators offer many degree tracks and customized curricula focused on how best to optimize the need for talented and highly skilled employees for incubator residents. Often, students become strong candidates for employment.
      • VCSU collaborates with area employers through its Internship Program so that companies gain valuable workforce and students gain valuable experience.
  • VCSU currently offers many technolory field-related degrees

    • CRM
    • Business Intelligence
    • IT Project Management
    • Enterprise Systems
    • Systems Analysis and Design
    • Software Engineering
    • Business and Process Integration Management
  • VCSU is committed to academic excellence

    • Students get one-on-one attention from faculty with a student-faculty ratio of 12:1.
    • Eight graduates since 2010 have been recipients of the EPSCOR award – more than any other college in regional North Dakota colleges.
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North Dakota - an Economic Powerhouse

Why North Dakota and Valley City?

According to Eagle Creek president and CEO Ken Behrendt, North Dakota and Valley City are the perfect fit for tech ventures because the region:

  • Has the best understanding of a tech venture business problem.
  • Understands financial issues of a regional tech startup.
  • Has the ability to understand and deal with inherent risk.
  • Brings together a complete team of local, state and national experts.
  • Is in a league of its own when it comes to aggressive state and local economic development teams.
  • Most committed to success.
  • Has the best combined economic incentives of all states and communities.

10 Reasons North Dakota is an Economic Powerhouse


  • 1

    North Dakota ranks #3 as a pro-business state in America, according to the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2013.

  • 2

    North Dakota ranks #2 in the nation in state competitiveness and is ranked #2 in a national entrepreneurship index. / Beacon Hill Competitiveness Index, 2012

  • 3

    North Dakota was named the best run state in the nation for the second year in a row. North Dakota also received Standard & Poor's top credit ranking of 'AAA.' / 24/7 Wall Street, 2013

  • 4

    North Dakota residents and businesses have received over $1 billion in cuts to personal, corporate and property taxes, from the 2009, 2011 and 2013 legislative sessions. / North Dakota Tax Commissioner

  • 5

    Business Facilities ranked North Dakota #1 for economic growth potential in 2013.

  • 6

    Forbes Magazine's 2013 Best States for Business and Careers recognizes North Dakota as the #2 state for business.

  • 7

    North Dakota has increased exports by 585 percent since 2000. / U.S. Department of Commerce, 2012

  • 8

    Gallup Job Creation Index ranks North Dakota #1 for the Best Jobs Market in 2012.

  • 9

    North Dakota ranks #1 in the nation for the highest growth of GDP in 2010, 2011, and 2012 and leads the nation in personal income growth. / Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2012, 2013

  • 10

    North Dakota was named the nation's #1 top overall growth performer since 2000. / U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2013. University of Nebraska, Bureau of Business Research, 2012

"With low operating costs, a skilled workforce and aggressive investments in higher education and technology, our state is working to create a positive business climate."

John Hoeven / Former ND governor

John Hoeven

Legendary North Dakota

The sunsets that dip down low across the wide-open Sheyenne River Valley horizon will make you fall in love with our seasons. Plus, there’s year-round adventures just down the highway at Lake Ashtabula, Ft. Ransom, public golf courses, hiking trails, snowmobiling, and much more.

Just 45 minutes the other direction is North Dakota's largest and fastest growing city: Fargo.

Success Story

Eagle Creek of Valley City—Grew up and out of the RTC

In January 2005, Eagle Creek Software Services, a successful insourcing company located in the Twin Cities, became one of the RTC's first residents. Using what has since become known as The Dakota Business Model, the company quickly outgrew its space.

In December 2011, Eagle Creek moved its expanded operations into Tech II, a two-story, 20,000 sq. ft. technology project center built by the development corporation.

Today, Eagle Creek in Valley City continues to provide employment and business opportunities for the region. Its business model has continued to inspire the way the RTC functions as a support system for incubator residents.

About Eagle Creek

With more than 300 consultants, Eagle Creek Software Services is an Oracle partner and the largest United States-based systems integrator, providing consulting and technical services within:

  • Oracle CRM (Siebel, CRM On Demand, etc.)
  • Business intelligence and data warehousing (Information Management)
  • Corporate software development
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"As a software service company, our dominance in the marketplace is about the quality of our people and keeping customers satisfied. In a market that is already extremely competitive, Fortune 1500 companies are looking for what we have found: a partnership and model that works."

Ken Behrendt / Eagle Creek president and CEO

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(701) 840-7820
Regional Technology Center
415 Winter Show Rd E
Valley City, ND 58072