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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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June 11 2018

Kevin Dvorak, president & CEO, ND Community Foundation: How philanthropy can drive economic growth

BISMARCK, N.D. – While most community leaders focus on jobs and business development, one area that they may overlook – but shouldn’t – is the role that philanthropy and the nonprofit sector can play in a community’s vitality and growth.

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June 11 2018

Opportunity Zone program in 'holding pattern'

Economic development officials are waiting for program regulations to be issued despite the approval of Opportunity Zones last month by the Internal Revenue Service.

In April, Gov. Doug Burgum recommended 25 census tracts in North Dakota for the program including parts of Ellendale, Harvey, Valley City and a section of downtown and southern Jamestown. The IRS accepted those recommendations in May.

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June 04 2018

Workforce Development Council and Greater ND Chamber partner on employer survey to address workforce shortage

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum and Labor Commissioner and Job Service North Dakota Executive Director Michelle Kommer today announced a new survey asking North Dakota’s employers to identify their most pressing workforce issues. Survey results will provide valuable input for workforce development recommendations to the governor.

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May 31 2018

Best in the Business

In their inaugural year, the Ethanol Producer Awards proved to be a worthwhile endeavor, with excellent nominations of noteworthy producers and partners submitted in each of the five categories—The Good Neighbor Award, Board of the Year, Workplace of the Year, Project of the Year and Collaboration of the Year. 

Read complete article provided by Ethanol Producer Magazine.

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May 23 2018


Bismarck’s first craft brewery is getting bigger to meet the growing demand for its beer.  Laughing Sun Brewing Company, which opened its doors in downtown Bismarck in 2012, will expand its operations this fall.  The new brewery is located at 1023  Front Street in Bismarck and will feature a large tap room, eating area and heated outdoor patio.  This summer, they’ll begin installing a new 20-barrel brew system and automated canning line, allowing Laughing Sun to have its beer available across North Dakota in the fall.  “We’re grateful to the people of Bismarck and the surrounding area for o

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May 18 2018

N.D. Department of Commerce hires senior manager

The North Dakota Department of Commerce has hired James Leiman as its Senior Manager of Economic Development Initiatives.

As a member of Commerce’s senior leadership team, Leiman will focus on supporting transformational projects and will work directly with teams from the Main Street Initiative, the North Dakota Trade Office, the Economic Development & Finance Division and will lead statewide supply chain and logistics modernization efforts.

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May 16 2018

Governor’s Main Street Initiative meets Mandan leaders

Gov. Doug Burgum says the city of Mandan has some of the best bones he’s seen.

“Some communities have lost some of (those) historic structure(s) because they’ve been torn down or there’s not enough left and they're kind of starting over, but Mandan's got a chance to do some really interesting infill projects, which they’ve already done, as well as doing historic renovation in combination of those two things,” the governor said after a roundtable discussion Wednesday with Mandan government and business leaders.

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May 16 2018

Downtown Hugo's could be part of development

Grand Forks City Council members Monday unanimously approved tax increment financing incentives for two proposed downtown development projects, including a mixed apartment and commercial development and the renovation of a historic building.

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May 15 2018

Game and Fish is bringing catfish to the community fisheries

Now that the snow has melted people can start dusting off their fishing poles and fueling up their boats.

The North Dakota Department of Game and Fish is doing their part to make the season even more enjoyable for anglers.

The department is pulling catfish out of Lake Sakakawea in Dunn Center and depositing them at community fisheries in the Southwest region like the Dickinson Dike.

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May 14 2018

Mandan will see business development

It was Mandan's 2nd tour of the downtown area -- it's purpose -- to encourage downtown development. 

Last year the tour had around 40 people -- this year over 100.
That means your opinion is highly involved in the growing scene in Mandan. 

Residential living, office spaces, and retail and restaurants -- all what Mandan is looking for -- that's what officials say -- but for long-time residents it gives a better variety. 

Tyler Huck, Mandan Resident, says, "There's more options. To have fun and entertain and do a show of Mandan."

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May 10 2018

Youths get spotlight during roundtable event

Hayden Kemp and his colleagues had a few things to say to Gov. Doug Burgum while he was in town for the Main Street roundtable discussion.

Kemp is a Williston High School student, and he was among youths invited to participate in the high level discussion, which also featured many community and business leaders sharing their thoughts on Williston and its challenges.

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April 30 2018

8 Reasons to Move to North Dakota

Beautiful scenery, friendly people and great job opportunities — North Dakota has it all.

Called the “Legendary State” for a reason, North Dakota is a serene prairie paradise full of nature.

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April 30 2018

2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live

What makes a great place to live and how do we decide that? For starters, we don’t decide.

You do.

We poll the nation each year to find out what matters most in communities throughout the U.S. Is health care most important, or affordable housing? Which matters more, commute times or climate? We then source the best public and private data available to find the small to mid-sized cities, towns and villages that meet your standards of a Best Place to Live.

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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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