Sept 3 Downtown Bismarck News

Co-working Space Planned

The concept of co-working inevitably comes to fruition in a community that is experiencing growth in entrepreneurism and start-up businesses. Bismarck has been experiencing that surge with groups like Todaymade, 1 Million Cups, Start Bismarck, and the IDEA Center at the fore-front of a cultural business shift.  Studies have shown that young professionals in particular work well in this shared environment.   According to Start Bismarck, “The Start Bismarck Co-Working space offers independent workers of all types a convenient, affordable and unique office space and an alternative to a home, local meeting room… This space is located in downtown Bismarck on the corner of 4th and Broadway, and aims to provide an innovative workspace for the independent worker and the opportunity to collaborate with other members of the community.”  
To learn more about how you can be a part of this new workspace in Downtown Bismarck

Association News 

Registration for the 5th Annual North Dakota Downtowns Conference opens Sept 8.  This year’s theme of Capturing Talent by Creating Vibrant Downtowns is sure to be engaging.  Visit our website for more conference info:

Roy Rickert has been named the Executive Director for Member Bis-Man Transit, and began working for the organization in early August. Rickert takes over leadership of Bis-Man transit following the retirement of Robin Werre. To learn more about Bis-Man Transit visit

Registration is now open for Shade Tree Players Fall Session. Children ages 11-18 are welcome to be a part of this open enrollment, educational rehearsal process that will culminate in a public performance at Dakota Stage. Children do not need auditions or experience. For more information or to get the complete register form,, for questions or call 701-258-4998.

Member Dakota Stage Ltd will be bringing in one of the nation’s fastest rising stand-up comedians, Cy Amundson on September 25 & 26. Cy has recently made a television debut on Conan, named CMT’s Next Big Comic and has performed in many major comedy festivals. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets visit

Downtown News

At a busy August Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority Meeting, MetroPlains property development company indicated that they have a purchase agreement for the lot on 1st Street and Main Ave.  Formerly a car dealership, MetroPlains is proposing a senior housing development on the site.  The potential development would include approximately 30 units.  No action was taken at the meeting as MetroPlains indicated they still had a few other processes to work through and will return with a formal application in the future.

Various Open House opportunities will be coming up for the public regarding the potential FiveSouth Development south of Main Ave on Fifth Street.  The Bismarck City Commission will also have a public hearing on the proposed FiveSouth development agreement at their Sept 22 meeting.  Commissioners will hold a public hearing and possibly vote on the proposed agreement with includes changes to Bismarck’s Urban Growth Boundary and future infrastructure changes to accommodate the new development. Visit for more information.

Upcoming Events
September 9
Dakota Stage Theater
September 11
Bismarck Art & Galleries Association
September 12
State Capitol Grounds
September 18 & 19
Downtown Bismarck
September 25-26
Dakota Stage Theater
September 26-27
Buckstop Junction