Healthy, Vibrant Communities
North Dakota needs to create 21st century cities with vibrant cores that will help to attract and retain talent. These unique places and spaces become the differentiator that helps lead to healthy fiscal – and physical – communities. Supporting activities include:
- Renovation of historic buildings – unique differentiation that creates a sense of place, history and culture
- Mixed use buildings (e.g. retail on first floor, upper floor(s) for apartments or offices create economic efficiency around existing infrastructure)
- Vibrant main streets as a center point where the community can come together
- Walkable neighborhoods help lessen the burden of health care costs on taxpayers
- Many generations, including millennials and retiring baby boomers, are seeking walkable neighborhoods where they can live, work, shop, learn and play
Communities across North Dakota are engaging citizens and initiating projects in the spirit of Main Street. Here are examples of projects that build culture and help grow healthy, vibrant communities.
Located in the heart of downtown, the Jamestown Art Center features an exhibition gallery, performance stage, classroom, office, artist-in-residence apartment and studio.
Over the past two decades, residents have transformed a block of vacant buildings in New Rockford into a center of cultural activity. This historic Opera House complex includes a renowned stage theatre, coffee shop, wine bar, gift shop and dance studio.
Garrison transforms into the “Christmas Capital of North Dakota” during three consecutive weekends, starting Thanksgiving. The Victorian style festival features craft vendor show, lighted parade, street food vendors, daily entertainment, house tours, and concluding with A Christmas Carol Play takes visitors back to the days of Charles Dickens. Guests are encouraged to hitch a ride on the “Queen Elizabus,” an authentic double decker bus straight from England or partake in the many festivities available.
New traditions are laying root in Golden Valley County. In keeping with North Dakota's heritage from pioneer days pottery has long been a needed item for survival. But in modern times it has become a collectible item sought after by collectors and people who appreciate hand crafted pieces. Prairie Fire Pottery, located in Beach, is keeping with the long traditions of pottery production in North Dakota.