BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the 2018 Main Street Initiative Summit will be held Feb. 12-13, 2018, in Bismarck, bringing together local and national community development experts and advocates to share best practices and engage community leaders, entrepreneurs, students and interested citizens in envisioning North Dakota’s future.
This interactive summit is open to the public and will provide information on the community planning principles behind the three pillars of Burgum’s Main Street Initiative: a skilled workforce; smart, efficient infrastructure; and healthy, vibrant communities to help North Dakota compete in a 21st century economy in which rapid technological advancement is changing every job, industry and organization.
“We have an opportunity to address our chronic workforce shortages and attract the capital and talent to our state to succeed in a highly competitive 21st century economy,” Burgum said. “The principles of the Main Street Initiative include a data-driven approach to community planning that will help our communities fulfill their potential and help North Dakota grow and diversify our economy for future generations.”
In addition to the summit, Burgum is encouraging communities to submit nominations for the Main Street ND Initiative awards, which will be presented during the North Dakota League of Cities Annual Conference Sept. 13-15, 2018, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.
The awards include the following categories:
ND Legendary Heritage Award – recognizes communities focused on preserving and protecting historical assets.
Vibrancy Award – recognizes communities that have established cultural experiences, art appreciation, fine arts opportunities and/or community events which draw residents and visitors.
Mobilizer Award – recognizes efforts to create convenient, inviting and multimodal transportation options for residents and visitors.
Revitalizer Award – recognizes efforts to revitalize empty or dilapidated lots or structures by creating mixed-use retail, residential, parks or other unique assets.
Differentiator Award – recognizes a community that finds its unique strength, asset or niche to attract business, workforce and visitors and enhance residents’ quality of life.
Future Leaders Empowerment Award – recognizes a community that seeks to engage students in creating a healthy, vibrant community through leadership development, community planning or workforce exploration.
Main Street Excellence Award – recognizes efforts that reflect the three pillars of Main Street success: smart, efficient infrastructure; 21st century workforce; and healthy, vibrant communities. This award will be presented to four communities with populations of 1) 10,000 and above; 2) 9,999 to 1,500; 3) 1,499 to 500; and 4) less than 500.
For more information and to register for the summit or submit a nomination for the Main Street Awards, visit www.MainStreetND.com.