Energy is North Dakota’s third largest industry and Grand Forks is well placed to take advantage of economic development opportunities associated with it. “Green collar” jobs include top-level research and development occupations and well-paying production, maintenance and construction positions. Grand Forks is already active in developing and implementing technologies that promote higher efficiency and improved environmental performance. Local businesses offer services that reduce energy consumption, promote recycling and improve waste management. Grand Forks can facilitate economic development by recognizing the efforts of local businesses and encouraging similar efforts and businesses through its vision of fiscal, social and environmental sustainability. The Mayor's Green Business Showcase is one way the City recognizes businesses that promote and practice sustainable actions.