Dec 7 Downtown Bismarck News

Renaissance Zone Investments Up in 2017

The State’s Renaissance Zone program has proven to be an effective tool for redevelopment, private investment, and creating jobs in Bismarck. It has been a very busy year in Downtown with 14 project applications for Renaissance Zone designation from January through November of 2017, and more proposed investments anticipated for 2018. Overall, Downtown Bismarck has seen 9.8 million dollars in proposed investments this year (January-November), which does not include primary residences. Bismarck’s Renaissance Zone encourages investment in downtown properties, revitalizing and strengthening the dense core of the community and area of existing infrastructure.

Association News
Member Bismarck Veterans Memorial Library will host their final event commemorating the library 100th year of service with music, cupcakes, hot cider and live acoustic music. A limited number of art pieces by local artists will be for sale for $100 each. The artists used library plaza tiles as their canvases; the tiles are from the library’s first plaza on 5th Street in 1988. This event is free and open to the community. This event is sponsored by the Bismarck Library Foundation, Inc. and Friends of the Bismarck Public Library.
Winter Decoration Installation was a great success!  Thank you to our volunteer group from Dakota Community Bank & Trust for all their help installing our winter banners and snowflake lights Downtown for the winter season!
Holiday Window Decorating Contest
Friendly reminder that the deadline for the Member Holiday Window Decorating contest is no later than December 18, 2017. To participate, simply submit a good quality photo (JPEG) of your retail or main office window decorated for the holiday season. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rdplace along with the Critic’s Choice Award! There is no theme this year other than jovial, exciting & engaging designs.

The Barber’s Wife has been approved by the Renaissance Authority and Bismarck City Commission for a Renaissance Zone project within the building at 401 East Broadway Avenue (Broadway Tower formerly the Cowan Building). The Barber’s Wife would occupy the east side of the third floor of the building. This move will allow expansion from the current 2 employees to four employees, with space for future expansion to six employees. The move is anticipated to be complete by January 1, 2018.


Dec 8-10
The Nutcracker 
Belle Mehus Auditorium

Dec 9
17th Annual Cookie Walk 

Dec 12
Chamber Holiday Mixer 
Bismarck Event Center

Dec 15
Santa @ Camp Hancock
Camp Hancock State Historic Site

Dec 16
BOTOX & Boutique Party
The Rejuvenation Place

Dec 16
Downtown Cocoa Crawl 
Downtown Bismarck