Local business owners and government leaders learned a lot about what they can do to improve downtown — and they have ideas they’re ready to share.
The Main Street Summit ND was held Feb. 12 and 13 in Bismarck. People from all over North Dakota came to the two-day conference to learn about what they can do to grow businesses using all of the following:
• Renovation of historic buildings
• Mixed-use buildings, with retail on first floor, and upper floors for apartments
• Vibrant main streets as a center point where the community can come together
• Walkable neighborhoods. Information from the Main Street Summit website notes that many generations, including millennials and retiring baby boomers, look for walkable neighborhoods where they can live, work, shop, learn and play.