March 30 Downtown E-News

The Downtowners’

City Center Newsletter

March 30, 2012

What You Will Find…

□ Bismarck’s Future Vision

□ Downtown Updates

□ Upcoming Events

□ Association News

The Vision of Bismarck’s Future

City Adopts Strategic Plan

After months of planning, meetings, public input sessions, employee input, public web-based forums, group sessions, and goal setting, the City ofBismarckrevealed and adopted their Strategic Plan and Vision. After the plan was adopted, four areas were immediately pulled as special areas of interest.  Each commissioner (not including the Mayor) was assigned to a topic to lead for implementation.  Commissioner Smith has been assigned to many of Downtown areas of the plan, she holds the Renaissance Zone Authority portfolio.

The strategic plan included Downtown revitalization, culture and attractions as a major facet to the city’s goals going forward.  Here is a sampling of just some of the goals the city identified regarding the heart of our community.

Economic Vitality Goals

Goal 1. Enhance revitalization efforts for the downtown area.


1. Update downtown master plan.

2. Explore funding opportunities and work with developers and partners to explore open space.

3. Lead and explore marketing the Renaissance Zone and core program.

Goal 3. Become a destination place.


1. Establish a public civic square in the downtown area.

2. Create a first class full service convention center.

3. Work with community partners to develop and implement a plan for jointly promoting special events and attractions regionally and nationally.

Community Character Goals

Goal 1. Arts and Culture: To be the arts and cultural hub of North Dakota.


1. Create an entertainment and arts district.

2. Strengthen relationship withUnitedTribesTechnicalCollege(UTTC annual update);

3. Develop city-wide public arts policy;

Goal 4. Downtown: To have a vibrant, lively and attractive destination as the heart of the community.


1. Increase market-rate housing quantities and availability

2. Implementation of a Quiet Rail Zone

3. Relieve parking problems along theRosser Avenuecorridor between3rd Streetand7th Streetwith the development of a parking structure.

4. Implement a public plaza or public open space along the north side ofBroadway Avenuebetween5th Streetand6th Street.

5. Update the Downtown Master Plan.

6. Help facilitate and support collaborative efforts to develop an arts and cultural center.

7. Multimodal transportation opportunities and facilities.


Under each of these goals and objectives the strategic plan identifies the groups to work with, what to accomplish, when, how, the status and possible funding sources.  We encourage our membership to take a few minutes to look through the strategic plan, read comments from the public expressing their support for Downtown revitalization for the whole community to enjoy, look at projects identified, and see how the community as a whole and its leaders are looking to Downtown Bismarck to be a key asset for the entire area’s future.

Great job Downtowners’ members!  You can read the entire plan at this link: or find it attached to this newsletter.

Downtown Updates

— The CowanBuilding(4th and Broadway) has been sold at auction.  The new owner (originally from NW North Dakota) is looking at planned uses for the building.

— The No “Reparking” signs are starting to be installed Downtown.  However, we’ve not had an official notification about it being enforced.  Stay tuned to our website and Facebook for more.

— The Bismarck Police Department is no longer marking tires with chalk as a monitoring system for timed parking.  Instead they will use a handheld computer that will track the vehicles more accurately.  Please let your customers and employees know of the new system.

— With all the curiosity around the new construction projects in Downtown Bismarck, we have added updated renderings of Rick Becker’s project on Main Aveand Broadway Centre on West Broadway, go to our website and see the updates on our “Real Estate” section.

Upcoming events

What’s Shakin Downtown

March 30

Dakota Digital Film Festival

Historic Belle Mehus

March 30-31

Dakota Stage Presents

“Lowest Commedy Denominator Tour!”

March 31

URL’s 3rd Anniversary Bash

Amvets 7:30pm-12am

March 26-31

BAGA’s Presents

To Be Hung Over –Art Sale

April 6-7

Shrine Circus

BismarckCivic Center

April 20

1st Bis-Man Corporate Cup Challenge


Downtowners’ Association News

Organization and member news …

Find all of our member’s information on our website!

Member Wells Fargo is celebrating 160 years of service. The company is making donations, like the effort inBismarck, and organizing volunteer activities across the country to mark the anniversary and celebrate 160 years of helping customers succeed financially and communities thrive.  “This is a celebration of 160 years of service, and we want to honor our customers, community members, and team members in Bismarck andMandan and across the country,” said John Giese, president for Wells Fargo inBismarck.  “Our focus, since 1852, has been on serving customers and communities, and that will continue to be our focus as we look ahead to the next 160 years.”

2012 Downtowners Membership Renewals were sent out in December and the month of your renewal, be on the look out for yours!

The 39th Annual Downtowners Street Fair vendor applications were also be sent out in January. Those who participated in last years Street Fair will receive 2012 applications. Or you can download them at:

Please send all member business news and events to:

Check the Downtown Business Association’s websites for updated news and events or

Please forward this on to people interested in Downtown news!