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On Prairie Software developing software, jobs in Walhalla

WALHALLA, N.D. — While much of the world sees North Dakota as the epicenter of the Bakken energy boom, On Prairie Software wants take on the world of software development from Walhalla. The company, which opened in Walhalla in 2013 with two employees, plans to hire three more people this year with plans to employ 15 by 2019.

On Prairie Software, which was established by North Dakota native Nathan Smith and focuses on mobile apps for the Android platform, was founded with the goal of keeping software development jobs in the U.S. In addition, Smith wanted to open in a rural community to keep his costs low, take advantage of larger spaces, high-speed internet availability, and a wider range of local incentives.

According to Smith, the biggest hurdle as the company grows will likely be attracting software developers to Walhalla, population 963 and five miles from the Canadian border. With an eye to the future, Smith will present to the multimedia class at Walhalla High School for several weeks this semester and, if that’s received well, that could turn into a semester-long programming course.

Source: Prairie Business Magazine

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