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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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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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