March 5 Downtown News

Downtown Start-Up Pitching at Google

A Downtown Bismarck based company has been selected by Google for Entrepreneurs to pitch at Google Demo Day at their headquarters in April.  CoSchedule, housed with start-up Todaymade, will have the opportunity to impress top investors in the country.  They were selected after being one of the top two winners at CoCo Minneapolis’ pitch night in January.  CoSchedule makes a WordPress editorial calendar for users.  The team will be one of only a handful to get this opportunity in 2015.  Wish them luck as they represent Downtown Bismarck in California!
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Association News

Downtowners Annual Social & Awards
Our 1st revived Downtowners Annual Social & Awards was a success! We want to say congrats to our award winners: Dale Zimmerman- June & Jim Thompson Downtown Leadership Award and Chuck Watson-Downtown Volunteer of the Year Award. We also want to thank everyone that came out and made it so great and a special thanks to all of our sponsors listed below:

Judges Wanted for DECA State Conference
The North Dakota DECA state conference is in need of 50 more judges. The judges job will be determining which competitor will best represent North Dakota at the International Conference. To sign up go to and look for the High School Conference Judge Sign Up link. Date/Time: March 15-17(Session 1: 8am-12pm)(Session 2: 10am-4pm).

Bis-Man CVB hires new Executive Director
Sheri Grossman has been hired as the new Bismarck-Mandan Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director.  We are excited to see what she has in store the Bismarck-Mandan community.

Juniper Approved for Renaissance Zone Project
The Bismarck City Commission approved Juniper Environmental Resources for a Renaissance Lease Project for the 2nd floor of their 315 E Broadway building. The main level is currently occupied by the Toasted Frog and Sweet Treats Bakery. The expansion will allow Juniper to increase their space from 2,200 square feet at their existing downtown location to 7,000 square feet of office space in their new location. Renovations are said estimated to complete in the Spring.

Downtown News

The Senate Bill 2329 has passed the ND Senate, allowing expansion on the maximum number of blocks allowed in the State’s Renaissance Zone Program to 49. Smaller Communities would also have increased maximums based on population. Bismarck’s Renaissance Zone Program has proven successful and provided a large return on investment. Since inception there have been 107 approved projects that will show a property value increase of over $47,000,000.  The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

The Downtown Parade Route may change to avoid crossing the train tracks on 5th Street to reach the Kirkwood Mall. The potential new route would loop starting at the Capital grounds at Sixth Street and Boulevard Avenue, south to Avenue A, west on Avenue A to Fourth Street, north on Fourth Street to Boulevard Avenue, and finally east on Boulevard Avenue to Fifth Street on the Capital grounds.  BNSF Railway notified the City of Bismarck that it will be limited to its abilities to stop its railway network due to increased traffic and tighter freight schedules. The City will reach out for neighborhood input on the proposed new route.

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Upcoming Events
March 5
Downtown Bismarck
March 6
Bis Municipal Country Club
March 11
Radisson Hotel Bismarck
March 13-14
Dakota Stage Theater
March 13-15
Bismarck Event Center
March 14
Belle Mehus Auditorium
March 19-29
Dakota Stage Theater
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