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Putting Main Street To Work

Every community has unique opportunities and challenges. The Main Street Initiative gives community leaders a direct access point to a variety of resources, helping capitalize on strengths and make sound planning decisions. These efforts will help create vibrant communities poised to attract and retain a 21st century workforce, helping North Dakota compete and succeed in a global economy. Take a closer look at how many elements come together to create a vibrant Main Street community.

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February 15 2018

Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown: 'Time to lead locally'

Grand Forks is stronger than ever, the city's mayor said Wednesday, but he wants the community to take the lead in making it even better.

"We have good partners at the state and federal levels, and we're grateful for them, but this is the time to lead locally," Mayor Mike Brown said in his State of the City address at the Alerus Center. "This is when the public and private sectors, academia, nonprofits, faith-based (entities) and individuals are all synchronized to problem-solve, to grow opportunity and to get things done."

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February 15 2018

Williston looks at infrastructure projects

Williston City Engineer Bob Hanson brought a project to the City Commission Tuesday that he said is essential for the success of the planned redevelopment of Sloulin Field.

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February 15 2018

Urban sprawl becoming an issue in ND

BISMARCK, N.D. - Urban sprawl is not a new issue, but one expert says it's plaguing North Dakota and the entire country.

Charles Marohn, an expert in urban planning and development, says since World War II America has been built the wrong way.

On the surface, Bismarck looks like a bustling town. But one expert say it's just another example of how America got things wrong.

"Our cities are non-productive assets. They don't create enough private wealth to actually take care of the all the public promises," said Charles Marohn, Strong Towns.

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February 14 2018

Jonathan Holth - Main Street Initiative

Jonathan Holth checks in from Governor Burgum's Main Street Initiative conference in Bismarck. Holth has worked in downtown development in Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks and discusses what the governor's initiative intends to do to help communities, big and small, in North Dakota. Click here for the podcast.

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