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April 26 2018

Panel discusses what Jamestown needs to keep, attract young people

A panel of 18 people including high schoolers, college students and young professionals on Tuesday night at the University of Jamestown told an audience of less than a dozen community members what Jamestown needs to do to attract and keep young people.

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April 26 2018

Stats Suggest North Dakota Might be a Great Place to Start a Business

If you haven’t looked at North Dakota for your next business venture, you should reconsider doing so now. According to a new infographic based on research conducted by PlayUSA, the state gets high marks.

The infographic, “The States With The Best Economic Prospects” asks which states you should gamble on when making your decision to set up your life. PlayUSA researched the 10 Best US States for Young Pioneers based on key metrics to determine the best prospects for young entrepreneurs.

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April 21 2018

'Main Street Grand Forks Challenge' announced by UND, nonprofit

Grand Forks students can win up to $5,000 — plus other aid — to support community-boosting work through a new opportunity announced this week.

Dubbed the "Main Street Grand Forks Challenge," the contest was announced by Evolve Grand Forks and UND, and offered cash and support — like campus housing, UND scholarships and a membership at a downtown Grand Forks coworking space — for students who pursue projects that "address social issues and spur civic engagement at a grassroots level," per the announcement.

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April 20 2018

Gathering Place for the Community: Killdeer resident makes coffee shop, photography studio out of old pharmacy building

The Killdeer community will soon have a place to hang out and get coffee this summer.

By Zak Wellerman


Jenny Dobitz is working to renovate the old Killdeer pharmacy building into a coffee shop and photography studio called Old Crow Corner, LLC. She said the business is set to open in June.  Dobitz said she always wanted to start a coffee shop and this will give the community somewhere to hang out. “The community has been really good to us,” she said.

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April 20 2018

Burleigh, Morton marked for federal economic development tax incentives

Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday designated 25 areas in North Dakota, including several in Burleigh and Morton counties, as Opportunity Zones as part of a federal community development incentive program.

Opportunity Zones were established by Congress’ Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. They give tax incentives for investors, should they choose, to pool money in Opportunity Funds to invest in projects in the designated areas.

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April 18 2018

Bismarck students present ideas to revamp city

In January, city officials and the head of the state Department of Transportation posed this question to a group of sixth-graders in Bismarck: How do you envision Bismarck in 2030?

About three months later, the results have been presented. Powering the city through synthetic leaves, delivery drones and solar-powered sidewalks were just some of the ideas the sixth-grade students envisioned.

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April 16 2018

Bismarck is a top 10 city in which to start a business

When it comes to the best small cities in the nation to start a business, North Dakota ranks 8th.

That's according to personal finance Web site WalletHub, which released its annual survey today.

WalletHub compared more than 1,200 small cities using 18 economic measurements.

Bismarck ranks above the national average in investment accessibility, startups per capita, average revenue per business, industry variety and workforce educational attainment.

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April 16 2018

Creating new opportunities for Minot; growing existing developments

The Minot Area Development Corporation (MADC) continues to have a prominent role in the progression of Minot’s economy. MADC achieved immense milestones within the last year and is making history for the Magic City. With various projects underway in 2017, MADC focused in on creating new opportunities for Minot as well as growing existing developments, such as the MAGIC Sky Initiative.

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April 16 2018

Local events for entrepreneurs are on the rise

Entrepreneurial engagement is surging in Bismarck-Mandan.

Any given Wednesday morning at Dakota Stage in Bismarck, 85 to 90 people gather for the weekly edition of 1 Million Cups, an event aimed at supporting startup companies in the community and state. When the event started five years ago, it attracted about 20 attendees.

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April 09 2018

Hawaii, North Dakota named top US states for employment

With an unemployment rate of just 2% compared to the national average of 4.1%, Hawaii also holds one of the lowest labor force participation rates at just 62.3%. Comparatively, North Dakota, ranked second, has an unemployment rate of 2.6%, but a much higher labor force participation of 70% - the highest of any US state.

Read entire article provided by businesschief.com.

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April 05 2018

Jamestown Arts Center Getting Summer Programming in Park Set

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The Jamestown Arts Center received a $10,000 grant earlier this year to host a weekly event at the park to help promote downtown.

Jamestown Arts Center Executive Director Larry Kopp says the grant from North Dakota Tourism was distributed with the hope of growing downtown’s of several communities. Kopp says this was inspired by Governor Burgum.

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April 05 2018

Burgum tours Dickinson

Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford toured Dickinson on Wednesday.

As part of the governor's Main Street ND Initiative, the Downtown Dickinson Association and city of Dickinson hosted Burgum and Sanford as they visited Dickinson State University, enjoyed a walking tour of the city's downtown and held a listening session at Dickinson Public Library.

Burgum said he enjoyed the experience.

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April 03 2018

The City of Mandan shares plans for a new entertainment district

Mandan is about to see big changes. An old lot sitting empty for years is being transformed into an entertainment center: The Railyard.

The name says a lot about the city's history.

Mandan City Administrator Jim Neubauer says, "Mandan is a railyard town, there's no getting around it. We've got the tracks going right through the center of town. You know, they've been a big part of this community ever since it was created."

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April 02 2018

State of North Dakota Wins Multi-State Hackfest

BISMARCK, N.D. (April 2, 2018) – A cross-team group of participants from North Dakota’s Information Technology Department, the North Dakota University System, Department of Commerce, and private sector partner Nexus Innovations won a multi-state “hackfest” competition last week using technology to solve real-world problems.

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March

March 29 2018

STUDENTS SOUGHT TO SERVE ON MAIN STREET ADVISORY COMMITTEE

BISMARCK, N.D. – Applications for students in grades 7-12 are now being taken for the North Dakota Main Street Initiative Student Advisory Committee. This committee will be part of the Healthy, Vibrant Communities pillar of the Main Street Initiative and will focus on allowing youth to share ideas to help build the community they want to call home in North Dakota. 

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March 29 2018

Barnes County Residents Encouraged to Complete Livability Survey

VALLEY CITY, N.D.

As part of Gov. Doug Burgum’s Main Street initiative, a survey is being shared in communities throughout North Dakota to help analyze opportunities and challenges unique to each community. These surveys ask questions about livability to better understand why citizens live where they do and help determine changes that can be made to improve quality of life.

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March 26 2018

Filling in the blanks: Bismarck encourages infill, redevelopment in growing city

Steve Pine has done a lot with a lot.

Seven years ago, the developer demolished the old Wilhelm Cadillac dealership on West Broadway in downtown Bismarck and redeveloped the spot into the multipurpose Broadway Centre, now complete with a restaurant, offices and condos.

“I would like to think downtown would see more projects, maybe similar to ours,” Pine said. “Our project was ahead of the curve.”

Highlighting Renaissance Zone tax incentives and infrastructure already in place, Pine said infill, redevelopment and downtown rejuvenation have advantages to builders.

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March 26 2018

Projects aim to protect existing Bismarck developments

Several projects meant to safeguard existing Bismarck developments are in the works, including a bank stabilization project in north Bismarck, the installation of a drain tile system in the Hay Creek Pines subdivision and flood protection for Fox Island.

A $450,000 bank stabilization project, which is slated for this spring, will bring relief to a number of Arizona Drive property owners, whose backyards are slipping into Hay Creek.

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March 26 2018

Job openings limit N.D.'s potential

If North Dakota could fill its available job openings, it’d be like adding another city the size of Jamestown.

That’s the comparison Gov. Doug Burgum made during the recent Main Street ND Summit to emphasize the unrealized potential as thousands of jobs wait to be filled. Job Service North Dakota listed 13,873 job openings statewide in February.

“This is actually a gating factor, which is slowing down our growth and our potential as a state,” Burgum said during the summit.

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March 26 2018

The Airbnb experience: Locals open their doors for extra income

FARGO — Since 2008, Airbnb has been gaining momentum. In fact, the site that provides a platform for people to rent bedrooms or entire homes earned Fargo and West Fargo hosts $319,400, with nearly 3,500 guest arrivals in 2017 alone. (Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota combined earnings totaled $29 million in 2017.)

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March 23 2018

North Dakota to upgrade all schools to high-speed internet

BISMARCK - By next summer, all schools in North Dakota will have access to high-speed internet.

Gov. Doug Burgum and State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, along with the Shawn Riley, the state's chief information officer, and Dakota Carrier Network CEO Seth Arndorfer, announced a plan to upgrade broadband connectivity for state and local governments, K-12 schools and higher education institutions.

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