October 14 Downtown E-News

The Downtowners’

City Center Newsletter

October 14, 2011

What You Will Find…

□ ND Downtown Conference Nov 8-9

□ Downtown Updates

□ Upcoming Events

□ Starion Downtown Lunch and Learn

□ Association News

1st North Dakota Downtown Conference, Nov 8-9

Creating Vital Downtowns for Community Sustainability

The Bismarck Downtowners will host a statewide conference focused on North Dakota Downtown topics including redevelopment programs, tax efficiencies, trends, planning, and cohesive design.  The conference will be November 8-9 in Downtown Bismarck.  Opening speakers will begin at 3pm Nov 8th at Dakota Stage Theater.  Day two of the conference will run 8am-4:30pm at the Radisson Ballroom.  Member registration forms should be at your organization today.  Downtowner members will receive their registration at a discount.  Here is the amazing speaker line-up we have for the conference!

-Planning Your City for Financial Stability Using Existing Infrastructure

Charles Marohn, PE AICP

Executive Director of Strong Towns- Community Growth Institute

-Implementing Change in Your Downtown: Revitalization and Organized Support

Dan Senftner

Chairman & CEO of DestinationRapid City

‘Main Street’ Program for North Dakota

Mike Hahn

President & CEO of FargoMoorheadDowntown Community Partnership

-Downtown Developments and Impact

Jason Tomanek

Downtown Planner with the City ofBismarck

-Respect for the Past, Gratitude for the Present, Inspiration for the Future

Kilbourne Group Presentation

Business Improvement Districts 

Margot Gillette

Economic Manager for BID and DowntownAberdeen,SD.

To Download a registration form or for more information on the 1st Annual ND Downtown Conference, visit www.downtownbismarck.com or 223-1958.

Downtown Updates

Construction Projects Downtown
Many have noticed the sounds and sights of construction in Downtown Bismarck.  Here is the status of some of the projects:  Broadway Centre Project by Steve and Carla Pine on Mandan St and Broadway Ave, construction has begun on the $25 million project with foundation and dirt work.  American Bank Center Downtown Campus on Fourth and Rosser, construction is well underway on the new bank project with the exterior structure mostly fashioned.  Dr. Rick Becker’s Proposed Infill on the 500 Block of Main Ave, plans to connect into the Parkade Ramp have been approved.  Space Aliens BBQ Pit on 3rd and Thayer is now open.  The new restaurant is a fast causal version of Space Aliens Grill and Bar.  UND Family Medicine on 7th and Rosser, the exterior of the structure is mostly fashioned with plans to be open this winter.  Blarney Stone Irish Pub’s expansion is nearing the final phase and plans to be open sometime this fall.

-Anyone interested in spaces for purchase or lease downtown can check out our website’s Real Estate Section. www.downtownbismarck.com or call for more listings.

Upcoming events

What’s Shakin Downtown…

October 14-22

BAGA Fall Art Show


October 16

United Way’s Pancake Breakfast

Bis Civic Center


October 14-23

Dakota Stage Presents:

DixieSwim Club

October 22

Bis-Man Symphony Presents:

Chris Brubeck, Roosevelt in



Thru October 31

Papa’s Pumpkin Festival


Starion Financial Presents Lunch and Learn Downtown

The Secrets Behind Improving Your Credit Score: Wednesday Oct 19 @ Starion Downtown. Join Starion Financial for lunch and learn the secrets to improving your credit score.  Enjoy soup, sandwiches, pumpkin bars and helpful strategies for improving your credit score.  RSVP to nancif@starionfinancial.com  or call 250-1449 as soon as possible.  Seating and parking are limited so please plan on walking or carpooling. We hope to see you there!

Downtowners’ Association News

Organization and member news …

The Downtowners welcome two new members!

           Rhythm Records and Music Cafe     Lot 2029 Boutique

Bismarck Public Library will celebrate Teen Read Week 2011 by holding a drawing for a free copy of Christopher Paolini’s long-awaited Inheritance, the fourth book in the best-selling Eragon series.  Students ages 11-17 are invited to visit the Teen Zone at Bismarck Public Library and register any time October 16 through October 22.  Two winners will be drawn and notified by phone.  Prize may be claimed at 5 pm Tuesday, November 8, at the library.

You are cordially invited to learn about the state of health of our Bismarck and Mandan communities and plans for improvement at the Go! Bismarck Mandan Healthy Communities Summit Monday, October 24 from 4 – 7 p.m.BismarckCareerAcademy,1221 College Drive. See what Go! Community partners are doing to build a healthy community Taste healthful menu options from recognized Go! Restaurants hear about the Go! Bismarck Mandan Coalition assessment and plans learn strategies that work for creating healthier communities.

“Pole ah Tease” Feminine Fitness presented by CC’s Physical Therapy in Downtown Bismarck.  Get a great work out with each 90 minute class.  Classes meet once a week and incorporate new pole tricks, fun & sexy dance moves, and a little sweat to help you get in shape and ready for the next step; all this while building your confidence as a beautiful, unique woman.  When you are done with one level after 6 weeks, you can move up to the next repeat, or take a break (which we don’t think you’ll want to do) as you journey through all 7 awesome, distinctive levels.  The schedule for the subsequent session will be posted four weeks prior to the start, so check back frequently to ensure your spot on your journey of becoming a master of sensual dance.

Please send all member business news and events to: kate@downtownbismarck.com.  Check the Downtown Business Association’s websites for updated news and events www.downtownbismarck.com or www.bismarckribfest.com

Please forward this on to people interested in Downtown news!

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