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February 15 2018

Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown: 'Time to lead locally'

Grand Forks is stronger than ever, the city's mayor said Wednesday, but he wants the community to take the lead in making it even better.

"We have good partners at the state and federal levels, and we're grateful for them, but this is the time to lead locally," Mayor Mike Brown said in his State of the City address at the Alerus Center. "This is when the public and private sectors, academia, nonprofits, faith-based (entities) and individuals are all synchronized to problem-solve, to grow opportunity and to get things done."

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February 15 2018

Williston looks at infrastructure projects

Williston City Engineer Bob Hanson brought a project to the City Commission Tuesday that he said is essential for the success of the planned redevelopment of Sloulin Field.

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February 15 2018

Urban sprawl becoming an issue in ND

BISMARCK, N.D. - Urban sprawl is not a new issue, but one expert says it's plaguing North Dakota and the entire country.

Charles Marohn, an expert in urban planning and development, says since World War II America has been built the wrong way.

On the surface, Bismarck looks like a bustling town. But one expert say it's just another example of how America got things wrong.

"Our cities are non-productive assets. They don't create enough private wealth to actually take care of the all the public promises," said Charles Marohn, Strong Towns.

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February 14 2018

Jonathan Holth - Main Street Initiative

Jonathan Holth checks in from Governor Burgum's Main Street Initiative conference in Bismarck. Holth has worked in downtown development in Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks and discusses what the governor's initiative intends to do to help communities, big and small, in North Dakota. Click here for the podcast.

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February 14 2018

ND Department of Commerce launches Community Dashboard

BISMARCK, N.D. - A web-based Community Dashboard intended to make North Dakota a better place is being launched by the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

The Dashboard will provide information that can be used to help grow healthy, vibrant and financially solvent communities.

All you have to do is go to

Click on View Dashboard, then click on one of four tabs, which takes you to a bunch of data reports.

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February 12 2018

Burgum welcomes community leaders to first-ever Main Street ND Summit, unveils Community Dashboard

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today challenged communities to get involved now in envisioning their futures during his keynote address at the first-ever Main Street ND Summit, hosted by the North Dakota Department of Commerce at the Bismarck Event Center.

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February 12 2018


BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Commerce, today announced the release of the cloud-based Main Street Community Dashboard. The dashboard will provide community leaders publicly available, but not always easy to find, information that can be used to help grow healthy, vibrant, financially solvent communities.

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February 08 2018


BISMARCK N.D. -- The Main Street ND Summit scheduled for Feb. 12 and 13, 2018 in Bismarck will be streaming some portions at

The live streamed portion of the event on February 12 will include:


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February 07 2018

Grand Forks Council gives nod to downtown planner search

Clocking in at only about 10 minutes, Monday's Grand Forks City Council meeting was one of the shortest in a long while - but it was one of the more consequential for downtown's future.

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February 05 2018

Group meets on Main Street Initiative

One voice for the community was the common theme addressed at a recent meeting of community leaders organized by the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce.  Partnering with Jamestown Tourism, Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp., The Arts Center and the Jamestown Downtown Association, the chamber and partners identified an initial core group to meet and discuss what the next steps should be to prepare and engage Jamestown for future growth and development.

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January 26 2018

Burgum to hold Main Street roundtable in Oakes, attend Innovate Education Task Force meeting

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 10:30am to 5:00pm

Gov. Doug Burgum will hold a media availability Monday in Oakes in conjunction with a roundtable discussion with community members on the Main Street Initiative.

Who:  Gov. Burgum, state officials, community leaders and residents.

When/where: Community roundtable discussion with Gov. Burgum from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, followed by media availability from 6:15 to 6:30 p.m., in the Angry Beaver Lodge Meeting Room, 404 Main Ave., Oakes.

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January 24 2018

Best Cities to Live

Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck make list of top 100 cities to live in
By Barry Amundson on Jan 23, 2018 at 6:01 p.m.

The setting sun baths downtown Fargo in a golden glow in early August. Doug Burgum is taking his interest in downtown revitalization on the gubernatorial campaign trail with a newly announced pitch he calls his Main Street Initiative.    Photo Credit: David Samson / Forum News Service


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January 23 2018

Burgum: State of the State is one of unlimited promise and potential

MINOT, N.D. (Jan. 23, 2018) – Gov. Doug Burgum today delivered his 2018 State of the State Address at Minot State University, reflecting on the state’s challenges and collective accomplishments during his first year in office and outlining strategies to empower people, improve lives and inspire success.


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January 18 2018

Lt. Gov. Sanford brings 'Main Street Initiative' to Bottineau

BOTTINEAU, N.D. Gov. Doug Burgum, R-N.D., has vowed to support business owners across the state with his Main Street Initiative.

He and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, R-N.D., have toured the state to meet and chat with local merchants.

Sanford had his eye on Bottineau Wednesday, speaking with local officials and small business owners about the Main Street Initiative.

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January 17 2018

New Businesses in Watford City

A number of new businesses set up shop in in Watford City in 2017. News businesses include:


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January 17 2018

Moving Back to North Dakota and Loving It

The rise in population stemming from the Bakken oil development has transformed the community of Watford City, a once small rural town of 1,200, into a blossoming community of over 15,000 people.

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January 13 2018

From the mayor: Implementing the Governor’s Main Street Initiative into Sloulin Field Redevelopment

The following is an Editorial from the Williston Herald:

The entire Williston City Commission had the opportunity to visit with Gov. Doug Burgum last week.

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January 11 2018


2018 Main Street Initiative Summit slated for Feb. 12-13 in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the featured speakers for the 2018 Main Street ND Summit which will be held Feb. 12-13, 2018 at the Bismarck Event Center.

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January 03 2018

Burgum announces 2018 Main Street ND Summit, encourages nominations for Main Street ND awards

BISMARCK, N.D. (Jan. 3, 2018) – Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the 2018 Main Street Initiative Summit will be held Feb. 12-13, 2018, in Bismarck, bringing together local and national community development experts and advocates to share best practices and engage community leaders, entrepreneurs, students and interested citizens in envisioning North Dakota’s future.

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January 02 2018

Kenmare North Dakota offers Main Street Clean Up Grant

Owners of property in Kenmare consisting of uninhabitable homes or other types of structures may be eligible for a grant from the Kenmare Community Development Corporation to demolish those structures.

The Kenmare Community Development Corporation will pay up to $3500 to demolish structures if eligible for the program.

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