Aug 28 Downtown News

ND Downtown Conference

October 15-16, the Downtowners will be hosting the 4th Annual North Dakota Downtown Conference in Bismarck.  Meet Downtown Stakeholders Across ND and Get Involved in Urban Development in ND. Please join us for the 4th Annual North Dakota Downtown Conference!  Learn about Downtown best practices from a number of seasoned Downtown Development Practitioners.  We’ll be chatting about efforts to organize like-minded Downtown Stakeholders in ND into a formal group with statewide goals and objectives.  We’ll be bringing back our social evening out, great presenters, as always combined with our tour of a few spots in Downtown Bismarck.
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Keynote Speaker Doug Burgum Kilbourne Group Fargo, ND

The 2014 North Dakota Downtown Conference welcomes Doug Burgum, Founder of the Kilbourne Group in Fargo as this year’s Keynote Speaker.  The Vision of the Kilbourne Group is to be the catalyst of inspiration and action for vibrant downtown communities.

Downtown News

The new Downtown Master Plan Implementation Committee has completed a small but visible project. The team’s recommendation for branding Bismarck has started with new City of Bismarck banners placed throughout the Downtown area.  These banners will be installed when the winter decorations are no longer in season.  Banner designer Kelsey Rhuland, a Downtown business owner (Crabapple Floral) and trained landscape architect, created the final design for the city banners.  The design follows themes already present in Downtown Bismarck like wheat grass and art deco themes.  The Implemenation Team is also working on suggested Master Plan project recommendations to the City of Bismarck, specifically design guidelines and street change configurations.  Main Ave “road diet” pilot project has made it into the 2015 budget, provided the budget is approved as presented at the City’s preliminary budget meeting.

Association News

Intern/ Part-Time Job opening at the Downtown Business Association of Bismarck!
Join our awesome team and help revitalize Downtown Bismarck!  We’re looking for an energetic person interested in working with our Downtown Businesses and assisting with making Downtown Bismarck a destination! 20 hours/week with a flexible schedule. Pay dependent on skills/experience. Must be 21 years of age.
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Upcoming Events
Sept 4-7 @ United Tribes TC
Sept 12-13 @ Downtown Bismarck
Sept 12-13 @ Dakota Stage Theater
September 20
Sept 20-21 @ Buckstop Junction

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Downtowners Association of Bismarck