Main Street Awards

Main Street Awards Criteria & Application

North Dakota’s Main Street Initiative is a shared vision of healthy, vibrant communities that through fiscally responsible planning, attract the talent needed to support our growing economy. The Main Street Awards honor communities who show excellence in these principles by actively working to differentiate and enhance the quality of life for their residents, present and future.

The Main Street Awards are a collaborative effort of the Office of Governor Doug Burgum, North Dakota Department of Commerce and North Dakota League of Cities.

2018 Winners Announced

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Revitalizer Award – Belfield, recognized for their Downtown Revitalization efforts. The community has worked to beautify their Main Street, protect and celebrate historic structures and turn their downtown into an attraction for all. 

This award recognizes communities that take empty or dilapidated lots or structures and revitalize them with updated infrastructure, mixed-use retail, residential, parks or other unique assets.

 


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Vibrancy Award – Watford City, in recognition of the Watford Market. The community of Watford City worked together to raise the funds to transition their farmers market into a weekly community event that adds life and activity to the surrounding area.

This award recognizes communities that have established cultural experiences, art appreciation, fine arts opportunities and/or community events which draw residents and visitors.

   

 

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Mobilizer Award – Jamestown, for their Get Fit & Explore initiative. One of three local efforts addressing health issues such as obesity, this project will increase physical activity by adding educational components and fun interaction to one of the local recreational paths.   

This award recognizes community efforts in creating convenient, inviting and multimodal transportation options for residents and visitors.

 

 

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Differentiator Award – Binford, recognized for community improvement projects centered around the annual Binford Days event. The community worked together to add improvements that promote and celebrate their unique identity as the host of Binford Days, which draws thousands of people annually. Improvements included fresh paint on homes and businesses, planting flowers, new signage, new bleachers in the rodeo arena and welcome banners.

This award recognizes a community that finds its unique strength, community asset or niche while using it to attract business, workforce and visitors and enhance residents’ quality of life.

     

 

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Legendary Heritage Award – Fargo, in recognition of the Fargo Historic Union. Two 1920s industrial buildings had been vacant for years until the Historic Union was restored and repurposed to host apartments, a brewery and office/retail space. This mixed-use development has preserved the beauty and integrity of the space while making an important contribution to downtown Fargo’s historic character.

This award recognizes communities focused on preserving and protecting the historical assets of their towns.

 

 

 

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Future Leaders Empowerment Award – Rugby for the Rugby Downtown Project. This video project, led by local high school students, sought to uncover the origins of Rugby’s downtown and understand the important role the area plays in adding vibrancy to the community. The project has helped build momentum for local community improvement efforts by sharing the importance of a vibrant downtown through the eyes of youth. 

This award recognizes a community that seeks to engage students in creating a healthy, vibrant community through leadership development, community planning or workforce exploration in community industries.

 

 

   
Main Street Excellence Award – This award is presented to communities in four population categories:
Grand%20Forks.jpg 1) 10,000 and above – Grand Forks, for the Mayor’s Vibrancy Initiative. This initiative supported the development of a collective vision for the future of Grand Forks that emphasized projects that will elevate local quality of life for years to come. The diverse projects in the plan include public art, investment in parks, efficient infrastructure development and improvements to multi-modal transportation opportunities.
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2) 9,999 - 1,500 – Stanley, for the Stanley Sports Complex project. Community members spent years raising the funds to build a new sports complex, showing great pride in their community and improving opportunities for youth development and healthy activity. This complex is a local attraction and also an asset to surrounding communities.
Garrison.jpg 3) 1,499 to 500 – Garrison, recognized for their Main Street improvements. The community of Garrison has spent the last 18 months implementing projects such as new signage, a walking path, upgrades to the annual Dickens Festival, new bathrooms at the Main Street Park and various community events. Garrison truly found creative ways to add vibrancy and invest in their own bright future.
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4) Less than 500 – Tuttle, in recognition of the Tuttle Rural Innovation Center. The result of a years-long effort to restore the Tuttle School, closed in 2007, the Tuttle Rural Innovation Center is now a mixed-use facility that provides a community gathering space, space for business incubation and a venue for educational opportunities. This effort has added vibrancy to the town by repurposing a historic structure and can serve as a model for other small towns.


These awards recognize communities whose efforts emulate the three pillars of Main Street success: Smart, Efficient Infrastructure; 21st Century Workforce; and Healthy, Vibrant Communities.

Nomination Process

The nomination period has ended.  A selection committee made up of the collaborating agencies and partners will judge entries on the below criteria to make final awards.Grand Forks, ND

Award Types & Criteria 

These awards are an opportunity for communities to showcase their unique efforts and attributes, and call attention to the tangible benefits an engaged community can create. Projects submitted for consideration should take place in the time frame of July 2016 – June 2018. Brief descriptions of award categories can be found below. For a complete listing of criteria for all awards, download below.

 

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ND Legendary Heritage Award

This award recognizes communities focused on preserving and protecting the historical assets of their towns. By honoring historical buildings and structures, North Dakota’s communities connect generations of residents and inspire community pride.

Examples: restoring a historic opera house; renovating a city hall into an entertainment venue; developing a historic lake for recreation; a new scenic overlook and signage at a cultural site.

Revitalizer Award

This award recognizes communities that take empty or dilapidated lots or structures and revitalize them with updated infrastructure, mixed-use retail, residential, parks or other unique assets. Communities should demonstrate use of existing infrastructure, infusing it with new and innovative ideas, to ensure the most efficient use of public resources.

Examples: converting an empty lot into an outdoor summer theater; updating a vacant building into a retail/residential space downtown; turning a lot into a community event or green space.

Vibrancy Award

This award recognizes communities that have established cultural experiences, art appreciation, fine arts opportunities and/or community events which draw residents and visitors. By providing a variety of experiences to residents and visitors, the vibrancy of North Dakota will continue to grow.

Examples: activating an alley with an event; development of programming like TEDx or 1 Million Cups; community-focused conference or event; creating a farmer’s market; an outdoor concert series or art gallery.

Mobilizer Award

This award recognizes community efforts in creating convenient, inviting and multimodal transportation options for residents and visitors. These projects put a focus on walkability and biking and create accessible communities that help North Dakota to improve its health, economy and connectivity.

Examples: creation of a historic, walking tour of the community; new walking/bike trails in a green area; development of an accessible play area; use of pop-up trails; development of an outdoor fitness space.

Differentiator Award

This award recognizes a community that finds its unique strength, community asset or niche while using it to attract business, workforce, visitors and enhance resident’s quality of life.

Examples: community festival or event; local hunting or fishing venue; active theater/arts community; unique children’s programming or recreation opportunities; free 1-year gym membership to new residents.

Future Leaders Empowerment Award

This award recognizes a community that seeks to engage students in creating a healthy, vibrant community through leadership development, community planning or workforce exploration in community industries.

Examples: explore histories of Main Street structures; connections with local businesses and students; students engaged in community improvement or development.

Main Street Excellence Award

This award will be presented to four individual communities in the population categories of: 1) 10,000 and above; 2) 9,999 - 1,500; 3) 1,499 to 500; 4) Less than 500. These awards will recognize communities whose efforts emulate the three pillar of Main Street success - Smart, Efficient Infrastructure; 21st Century Workforce; and Healthy, Vibrant Communities.

Note: Overall winner will be chosen from the top 12 communities from all submissions. Individual community selections will be chosen within their respective population categories.