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August 17 2018

Bismarck natural pest control company poised for growth

A Bismarck-based all-natural pest repellent startup is in the midst of a major business expansion, having secured a $10 million growth equity investment.

EarthKind CEO Kari Warberg-Block started by selling produce and potpourri at farmers markets to get her idea for Fresh Cab, a scent-based rodent repellent, off the ground. On her own, she expanded her product line and grew EarthKind to more than $10 million in sales, a feat she said only 1 percent of female-owned businesses have accomplished.

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July 26 2018

Grand Forks, Buxton and Hettinger among 129 AARP Community Challenge Grantees

Hettinger, Buxton and Grand Forks are the recipients of a 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant. A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages.

Nearly 1,600 applications, including 26 from North Dakota, were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its second year.

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July 25 2018

2018’s Most & Least Stressed Cities in America

Bismarck ranked second best city in America for no stress.  Read the complete article provided by WalletHub.

Stress is inevitable. Everyone experiences some type and level of it. But it’s not always a bad thing. Certain kinds of stress can have positive effects on a person’s well-being, at least in the right doses. According to Psychology Today, “A little bit of stress, known as ‘acute stress,’ can be exciting—it keeps us active and alert.”

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July 18 2018

Development Fund Awards Funding Requests Totaling $1,469,000

Bismarck, N.D. -- The North Dakota Development Fund, a funding program within the North Dakota Department of Commerce, awarded funding for 11 projects totaling $1,469,000 at its board meeting held in July.

The North Dakota Development Fund was created in 1991 as an economic development tool. It provides flexible funding through debt and equity investments for new or expanding North Dakota primary sector businesses. The fund also manages a daycare loan program that the North Dakota Legislation created in 2009.

The following requests were funded:

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July 16 2018


​BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota was credited with having one of the best financial environments for millennials, according to a recent study from the Brookings Institution. The Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project compared wages, taxes and the cost of living for 320 unique occupations in about 380 U.S. metropolitan areas.

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July 16 2018

CVB recognizes leadership in tourism at annual meeting

The Williston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau held its annual meeting Tuesday, and presented awards to local organizations and individuals for the efforts to promote tourism within the Williston area.

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July 11 2018

Commerce Renews Renaissance Zone for Lisbon

Bismarck, N.D. -- The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today it has renewed the Renaissance Zone Program for the city of Lisbon for five additional years. The Renaissance Zone Program is a tool for community redevelopment and economic investment that incorporates tax incentives to business and residential properties.

Lisbon started utilizing the Renaissance Zone Program in 2003 and has had 21 approved projects. Recent projects include First State Bank of ND in 2014, Gordy’s Grill and Fill in 2015 and Casey’s General Store in 2018.

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July 11 2018

Humbly Changing the World: Inside Fargo’s Thriving Startup Scene

One of the first things you’ll notice on a stroll through downtown Fargo, North Dakota — aside from its charming art deco design — is the 14,000-square-foot CoSchedule office in the center of town. The content marketing startup’s storefront-style windows show a glimpse of a bright, airy space with the phrase “do what you love” emblazoned on every surface that matters.

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July 10 2018

The Most Charming Small Town in Every State

North Dakota's very own, Watford City made the list of most charming town in every state.  You can read the article provided by Reader's DIgest.

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July 09 2018

Building local foods infrastructure in a small town

ANAMOOSE, N.D. — The lunch rush now over, Mirek and Julia Petrovic finally have time to sit down and grab a bite to eat. Their work has gotten busier since March when they opened a storefront cafe in a historic building in Anamoose.

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July 03 2018

Pop Up Projects

Cities across North Dakota team up with NDDOT to enhance their streets.  Watch the video provided by for complete details!

Find more information at North Dakota Department of Transportation

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June 30 2018


BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota was recognized by several major media outlets recently for tourism offerings across the state. USA Today, Men’s Journal and the Chicago Tribune all featured North Dakota in recent stories. North Dakota had more than 13 national media stories in June reaching an estimated audience of more than 88 million.

Recent media coverage includes:

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June 27 2018

AARP Livability Index Ranks Bismarck among Most Livable in the U.S.

Bismarck is ranked among the top 10 most livable small cities in the country, according to data analyzed from the newly updated AARP Livability Index.

The index uses more than 50 national data sources to score every neighborhood and community in the U.S. based on seven categories of livability: housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement, and opportunity. Users can search the index by address, zip code, or community to find an overall livability score.

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June 25 2018

Time to 'Evolve' Grand Forks

By the time Evolve Grand Forks' Collin Hanson was ready to emcee the Main Street GF Challenge launch ceremony, he and the challenge winners in attendance already had a full day.

"The cohort has been here since 7 a.m.," he said with a smile. "We've been meeting with civic leaders and actors all day... we dressed comfortably."

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June 22 2018

Williston adding bike lanes

Wednesday, city officials announced a pilot project to install bike lanes along Main Street between 6th and 11th Street starting June 26. Andrea Duntz, communications strategist for the city, says Planning and Zoning has been hearing public requests for better access for cyclists and received funding through the North Dakota Department of Transportation's statewide active transportation project.

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June 21 2018

Burgum: Supreme Court opinion on online sales tax collections is a victory for Main Street businesses

BISMARCK, N.D. (June 21, 2018) – Gov. Doug Burgum today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that online retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they lack a physical presence, calling it a win for Main Street that levels the playing field between remote sellers and brick-and-mortar businesses.


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June 20 2018

States with the best economies 2018

Determining the best states by economy isn't simply a question of which states have the largest economies. 

See how North Dakota ranked!

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June 18 2018

Keynote Speaker brings Ideas for Livelier Atmosphere in Downtown Williston

If there is one thing that gets Roger Brooks excited, it’s talking about creating, promoting and activating destinations. The City of Williston invited the popular keynote speaker to town to take a fresh look at Main Street and share his ideas and advice.

Brooks, who has worked with more than 1,500 communities, organizations and private businesses worldwide; recognized some bright spots, noted some shortfalls and offered lots and lots of suggestions for the City of Williston.

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June 15 2018

Nominations sought for 2018 Main Street Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Main Street Awards, a program of North Dakota’s Main Street Initiative, are due June 30.

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

Read complete article provided by the Grand Forks Herald.

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June 14 2018

Fargo-Based Dakota Specialty Milling Celebrates Expansion

FARGO, N.D. – A team from the North Dakota Department of Commerce joined employees and customers from Dakota Specialty Milling for an expansion dedication ceremony at the value-added agriculture company’s operations yesterday.

The Fargo-headquartered company, which opened its first mill on 12th Avenue North in 1969, is expanding operations at a total cost of over $15 million. The expansion, which included new equipment, renovations and a land purchase, will allow the company to add up to 30 new jobs in the future. 

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June 13 2018

A summer of TRAVEL

Nationally, the travel industry contributes $2.4 trillion to the U.S. economy, and one in every nine American jobs depends on the industry. The impact of this is significant right here in North Dakota with travel spending and economic impact in all 53 counties.

“Tourism plays a significant role in growing our economy, generating revenue for hundreds of tourism-based businesses and helping to attract and retain a 21st century workforce,” said North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.

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