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February 26 2018

Beach auditor seeks community, economy growth

BEACH—Though the skies are grey and the ground is covered in snow, there is something growing in Beach.

"We call it 'community development,'" said Kim Gaugler, city auditor for Beach. "We used to call it 'economic development,' but this is based on community development."

The principle is simple—success inspires more success. Though the oil growth has slowed in recent years, Beach is looking to foster success in small, meaningful ways to grow and develop its downtown.

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February 26 2018

Regional robotic competition to draw teams from five states

Forty-seven robotics teams are expected to compete in the inaugural FIRST Great Northern Regional competition Friday and Saturday at the Alerus Center. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

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February 26 2018

New stats and a new plan for Grand Forks' new Americans

Grand Forks leaders have new, revealing statistics about local immigration—and by the end of the year, they'll have a plan for the community to go with it.

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February 26 2018

Adams County Welcomes New Director

Adams County Development Corporation and the Hettinger Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed their new executive director; Jasmin Fosheim. Fosheim replaces Cheryl Graner who spearheaded the community forum late last year. The needs and wants from the public are still being implemented.

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February 26 2018

Lyric Theater receives matching fund grant

The non-profit organization that runs the Lyric Theater in Rugby recently received a grant to help address one of the theater's needs.

In November 2017, Friends of the Lyric President Sue Steinke learned from the director of the Rugby Job Development Authority of a Tourism Main Street grant through the N.D. Department of Commerce. The Friends of the Lyric which operates the theater sent the grant application in later that month and learned in late January of this year that it had been awarded the full $10,000 grant.

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February 20 2018

Grand Forks' new plan, key to downtown's future, has been 'a long time coming'

When City Administrator Todd Feland looks at downtown Grand Forks, he sees a bigger, brighter future.

The parking lot at Fifth Street and DeMers Avenue could someday be the site of a new building—living space on top, storefronts on the bottom. Town Square could get a facelift. The old water treatment plant, which is soon to be phased out, could become a crown jewel in a reshaped Grand Forks skyline.

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February 20 2018

From the Mayor: Plans for Williston's future taking shape

I am excited to move forward on plans for Williston’s future. We recently took about 20 members of our community to Governor Doug Burgum’s Main Street Summit on Monday and Tuesday.

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February 20 2018

Fargo planner: Renaissance zone works for his city

Fargo’s city planning director said the city’s Renaissance Zone project has been good for not only developing its downtown, but for the rest of the city taxpayers as well.

The city’s “RZ” program is designed to help develop downtown properties with a five year property tax exemption and a state income tax exemption.

A Legislative interim committee is studying the program.

Read the full article provided by Prairie Public News.

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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 mainstreetnd.com/resources.

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

COMMERCE ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF MAIN STREET COMMUNITY DASHBOARD

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

MAIN STREET ND SUMMIT TO BE STREAMED LIVE

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

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

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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