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Wednesday, Learn How to Save Gas and Cash Getting Around Downtown.

Swing by for Wednesday’s Transportation Symposium to learn how. Top it off with a ride to the Everest Tikka House with the special $5 lunch buffet coupon for attendees to our Transportation Symposium that ride the “Link to Lunch” Wednesday. Thanks to Melissa Hanson Rademacher for making arrangements!

Event: Transportation Symposium 

9:30 am Wednesday December 14th

Fargo City Commission room 

It’s exciting to see the cranes and new construction in our revitalizing downtown building on years of good work by many. While this may cause some disruption in the way we move around as we triple the number of residents, businesses, and employees downtown over the next decade, learn how you can adapt, engage, and benefit through this collaborative effort with some new smart tools and small tweaks to your employee and student parking policies.

Free sign up at Eventbrite available but not required

 If you can’t make it, please be sure have someone you know attend and share this invitation. Thanks for your kind consideration! bus-walk-bike
9:30 – 9:45
Rob Lynch Training Coordinator Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute
Rob will share about the work the institute does helping study and improve our local transportation systems.
9:45 – 10:10
Matbus Smart App: Julie Bommelman Lori Van Beek directors, Matthew Peterson and Matbus provide 2.2 million annual rides, they’re not stopping there. They will share the cool new matbus app and integration with google maps and Route Shout. Also a very exciting announcement of an incredible pilot project kick off!

10:15 – 10:40
Walk your way to wealth: Mike Zimney Project Manager Kilbourne Group. Mike will share insights into the role pedestrian friendly environments play in generating an active public realm, higher property values, and strong retail environments.
10:45 – 11:10
Downtown Parking. Presenters: Derrick LaPointe Fargo Parking planner and Andy Renfrew Interstate Parking manager. City staff has been compiling important data to analyze current and future parking needs. This presentation will take a closer look at what data has been collected and what on-going and future projects are planned to help ease parking demands
11:15 – 11:30
Bicycle Education Network. Presenter: Austin Hauf PartnerSHIP 4 Health’s 2016 Active Transportation. Information on StreetsAlive tactical urbanism, Concordia’s BFU award, and the FM Bike Education Network.
11:35 – Noon
Great Rides Bikeshare, Sara Curry, Alyssa Johnson share about the national award for system with most ridership per bike, how new smart tools will make it even easier to ride, and how they’re collaborating to achieve common goals
“Link to Lunch” 12:10 – 1:00 Ride the Fast, Fun, and Free Link to Lunch. The first 25 people that attend and ride the “Link to Lunch” over the noon hour Wednesday will receive a special coupon for $5 lunch buffet at Everest Tikka House. Yum!!!
https://www.facebook.com/events/740071986148791/) See where Link FM is at on the route at: www.matbusmobile.com

Fun, fast and free Link FM a big hit for enjoying Street Fair

Link FM makes for a stress free Street Fair. Over 600 riders yesterday even with the rain.
Just park at Moorhead Center Mall, check out their sidewalk sales or park somewhere along the route and jump on for a fun, fast and free ride. Here’s a fun video with comments from some of the folks that have used it: Link FM video
 
Normal hours are 7:00 am – 7:00 pm Mon – Fri and 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sat with a quick loop every 15 minutes.
Just for Street Fair and Moorhead Mall Sidewalk Sales, Link FM will have two buses running from 10 – 9:30 Friday and 10:00 am to 5:30 Saturday, see where they are in real time just zoom in to downtown on the map: http://matbusmobile.com/portal/fr2/index.jsf
Link FM and Great Rides Bikeshare make a great team for providing more ways to move around downtown and maximize available parking while you explore both of our downtowns.
More info on Link FM

Link FM and Great Rides Bikeshare make a great team

Link FM and Great Rides Bikeshare make a great team

Where are folks moving to from the Twin Cities? US Census says……….Fargo!

No surprise to some of us that have seen these trends evolving as we become a more active, attractive, diverse, and interesting community! We’re not only attracting people and talent from the Twin Cities, but several other counties spread around the US.
In several earlier posts, Fargo has received high marks for quality of life. One of my favorites is this “Best places for 20 somethings” 
Here’s a recent article in Minnesota Public Radio ~
“Outside the state of Minnesota, the biggest net recipient of Hennepin County residents was not Maricopa County, Arizona (Phoenix), not Harris County, Texas (Houston), not Broward County, Florida. It was Cass County, N.D., home of Fargo.
You can see these net gain and loss population statistics with this cool tool from the Census using the Census Flows Mapper. Click on any county in the country and see where everybody’s going.

http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2014/02/where-did-everybody-go-literally/

~ End MPR article ~
We also have more folks choosing to build their lives in our Fargo area like the 143 people that moved here from Washington County Oregon, and 90 from Weld County Colorado for example.
The trend of outmigration has changed 180 degrees over the past decade. At the last Commission meeting, I mentioned some of these very positive changes from our area students to Jim Gartin of the FM EDC.
In annual Fargo Public Schools surveys asking students if they plan to stay in the Fargo area, the student responses have changed from about 35% 8 years ago saying they want to build their life here, to now around 65% with more wanting to live, work, learn, and play in our region.
Our culture is evolving and we’re becoming a more active and interesting community where people can engage and reach our potential.
It’s fun to see people realize our excellent quality of life and the many opportunities to dream and work together as we design our community for happiness.
Let’s keep growing well!
 

Where are the folks moving to from the Twin Cities? Census says………Fargo!

No surprise to some of us that have seen these trends evolving as we become a more active, attractive, diverse, and interesting community! We’re not only attracting people and talent from the Twin Cities, but several other counties spread around the US.
In several earlier posts, Fargo has received high marks for quality of life. One of my favorites is this “Best places for 20 somethings” 
Here’s a recent article in Minnesota Public Radio ~
“Outside the state of Minnesota, the biggest net recipient of Hennepin County residents was not Maricopa County, Arizona (Phoenix), not Harris County, Texas (Houston), not Broward County, Florida. It was Cass County, N.D., home of Fargo.
You can see these net gain and loss population statistics with this cool tool from the Census using the Census Flows Mapper. Click on any county in the country and see where everybody’s going.

http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2014/02/where-did-everybody-go-literally/

~ End MPR article ~

We also have more folks choosing to build their lives in our Fargo area like the 143 people that moved here from Washington County Oregon, and 90 from Weld County Colorado for example.
The trend of outmigration has changed 180 degrees over the past decade. At the last Commission meeting, I mentioned some of these very positive changes from our area students to Jim Gartin of the FM EDC.
In annual  Fargo Public Schools survey students asking if they plan to stay in the Fargo area. Those surveys have changed from about 35% 8 years ago saying they want to build their life here, to now around 65% with more wanting to live, work, learn, and play in our region.
Our culture is evolving and we’re becoming a more active and interesting community where people can engage and reach our potential.
It’s fun to see people realize our excellent quality of life and the many opportunities to dream and work together as we design our community for happiness.
Let’s keep growing well!
 

Bison Nation

Congratulations to the North Dakota State University Bison on winning their third consecutive FCS D-1 National Football Championship!
The FBS schools should ditch the polls and institute a play off program similar to the FCS to determine an undisputed championship team.  One of the most exciting aspects of NCAA Basketball playoffs is that any D-1 team has a shot at the championship.
Who know’s, maybe even some kind of hybrid that would allow the championship FCS  team in a bracket to compete in playoffs with FBS?
Either way, thanks for another fantastic year for the Bison and all the folks that cheer them on!! Go Bison!!

Looking for a fun unique shopping experience? Small Business is where it's at

Check out the dozens of cool, eclectic stores you won’t find anywhere else right here in Downtown Fargo.
It’s fun shopping at our friends and neighbors stores and restaurants, and you’ll see lots of fun people you know and meet some interesting folks for the first time.
In between shops you can get a taste of a wide variety of foods and beverages.

Just pull in to one of several convenient public parking lots that are no charge on Saturday (Also free after 5:30 week nights) Hope to see you there, buy your loved ones something special, and have fun!
Here are a few examples of interesting shops with many more to discover as you walk:
 

CLOTHING

 

  • AENDEE

  • BEYOND RUNNING

    Focused on the everyday athlete, we are a specialty running store that offers…

  • DOWNTOWN DIVA

    Colorful and happy environment to shop in. Wonderful customer service. Dresses,…

  • FOWLERS HERITAGE COMPANY

    Upcoming unique experience with a blend of vintage to modern

  • HALBERSTADT’S ON BROADWAY

    Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothiers was founded in 1975. For over 35 years we strive to…

  • KITTSON BOUTIQUE

    Specializing in high class service with skinny price tags, Kittson boutique…

  • LOT 2029

    • THE CRYSTAL CORSET BRA BOUTIQUE

  • OUTERMOST LAYER

    Featuring some of the best brands in the industry, Outermost Layer brings you…

  • NORTHERN HOME FURNITURE & DESIGN

    Northern Home Furniture & Design

  • PROPER & PRIM

    Trendy & affordable clothing, shoes & accessories to compliment your unique style.

  • Brand-name concept shops by Nike, Adidas, Columbia, Under Armour and The North…
  • SHANNALEE

    Cool women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and gifts.

  • SHOWTIME BOUTIQUE AND CAFE

    The hottest shoes and fashion accessories in the FM area!

  • THE REVOLVER

  • WHITE BANNER UNIFORM SHOP

    Your complete “head to toe” uniform store. From tried-and-true basics to the…

 

Sorry again Hawaii, best state for 20 somethings is….

Go North to Dakota! More and more young people are discovering what many of us realized when we chose where we want to build our life. North Dakota is an excellent place to live, work, learn, and play.
This survey fits in with what we’ve learned that in a reversal of decades of out migration of our youth to other states, now 65% of Fargo graduating seniors want to build their life in Fargo, 8.9% somewhere in ND, 8.9% somewhere in Minnesota. Over 80% want a four year college degree and 12% a two year school.
Here’s a clip of the survey from WDAY 
Some of the reasons more young people are choosing Fargo may be more activities like the Fargo Marathon, Streets Alive!, Fargo Youth Summit, and impromptu free fun events like the Chalk Fest where Arts Partnership teamed up with Great Northern Bikes. Hundreds of people young and old came to share their sidewalk art>

Here’s the article in the Huffington Post College:
Best States For 20-Somethings May Surprise You

Posted: 10/16/2013 9:28 pm EDT  |  Updated: 10/16/2013 9:31 pm EDT
best states for 20-somethings
There are certain, conventional meccas for young people. New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco all spring to mind as glamorous, even cliched destinations for 20-somethings — places where quirky characters in cramped lofts desperately search for careers, love, and happiness.
But MoneyRate.com wanted to consider the question “with an open mind.” They looked at lifestyle and economic criteria like youth unemployment, the proportion of young people in a state’s population, rental costs, high-speed internet availability, nightlife and fitness facilities, and created a list geared at “young people looking to get a strong start on their adult lives.”
So, for those rational 20-somethings willing to consider the real-life data, rather than the Hollywood version, we present to you the top 10 states to set up shop:
1. North Dakota
north dakota
2. South Dakota
south dakota young people
3. Nebraska
nebraska
4. Montana
montana
5. Iowa
iowa
6. Hawaii
hawaii young people

~End Article ~

Sorry Hawaii, you can’t win them all. We’ll still come to visit!Here’s another picture that displays some North Dakota fun. This cool picture was taken by Erik Johnson

Protect, connect, and beautify Downtowns and riverfront

Creating a beautiful river connection while protecting downtown has been a long time coming. Being a small part of the 2001 – 2002 Downtown Framework plan as a citizen was fun and that plan, in tangent with the private/public investments in the Renaissance Zone, has been the basis for projects that have helped with our Downtown revitalization that’s been underway for over a decade.

Riverfront plan

These are both quick reads and the blueprint for projects in the planning stage
The Downtown Framework plan of 2001 – 2002 has been the blueprint for all the completed projects that along with establishment of the Renaissance Zone, have helped increase the downtown value from $190 million to over $560 million since 2003 :  Here’s an interview by Joel Heitkamp on these exciting opportunities to protect, connect, and beautify our downtown and riverfront.

The goals identified in these plans were reaffirmed by engaging over 8,000 people in ongoing Fargo GO 2030 comprehensive plans where the top 5 key initiatives are:

  1. Permanent flood protection
  2. Infill and strong neighborhoods
  3. Arts and culture
  4. Bike and Pedestrian focus
  5. Quality design standards
Here’s a chart that shows how these combined efforts and investments have resulted in huge increase in value downtown over the past decade
The following projects are all complete or underway and were described and depicted as goals and strategies in the Downtown Framework and Riverfront plans:
  • the reconstruction of Broadway complete in 2004 (depicted in 2002 plan)
  • New Main Ave Bridge (depicted in 2002 plan)
  • Island Park parking ramp 2003
  • Entry gateway at SE corner of main (depicted in 2003 Riverfront plan)
  • Dike East (Depicted in 2003 riverfront plan)
  • New library downtown 2009, S branch 2008, and N satelitte 2006 (sited as priority in 2002 Framework)
  • Wildflower park 2007 
  • Integrated private parking facilities in Renaissance projects (cited as strategy in Framework plan 2002 several renovated buildings have integrated parking and will continue)
  • Two way conversion of NP and 1st
  • Bike lanes on 4th St, 4th Ave and sharros on Broadway
  • Increase of Transit from about 800,000 riders in 2004 to 2.1 million riders today
City projects coming forward for design are cited and depicted in renderings in 2002 Framework plan:
  • NP and 1st conversion is complete with construction underground and streetscape 2014 for NP and 2015 1st Ave.
  • Downtown flood protection construction beginning next year 2014,
  • City Hall on Civic Quad the following year 2015,
  • Connecting 2nd Ave with a Gateway to the Riverfront with expanded greenway to give the river more room and for year round recreation 

City projects being analyzed:

  • feasibility study is being done now for possible convention center either downtown or at dome)

Some of the projects described and drawn in the 2002 Framework plan that have not been completed are:

Downtowns are transforming/revitalizing all over the state and country. The recent Bismarck plan is very similar to our Downtown Framework plans, Riverfront plans, and Fargo 2030 concepts

We have a good playbook and a 10 year head start, with several of the projects in the plans in place.  That said, there’s much more to do as we work to fulfill our downtowns great potential.
Our Downtown is only half developed with lots galore underutilized and ripe for multiuse development and creating beautiful public places.

The next phase of the plans are coming to fruition with NP and 1st reconstruction and all east/west downtown corridors, downtown flood protection, city hall, integrating parking ramps into multiuse value added buildings,  all give us an opportunity to add value and move downtown to the next level.  
Let’s use this flood protection and river connection project to include a gateway to and across the river into expanded greenspace for year round public use and making 2nd Ave a signature street connecting people to and across the river.

Game Day spectacular

Saturday was a fantastic day for Fargo, the region, and the Bison! Thanks to ESPN Game Day and the thousands of folks that turned out to make it a memorable day

Beautiful Bison Dawn on ESPN Game Day downtown Fargo


Downtown’s unique beauty comes through on ESPN Game Day


Click the picture above for a great video montage of ESPN’s Game Day featuring the NDSU Bison in downtown Fargo.

Susan got to help the incredible Gold Star Marching Band by holding a clarinet. She could have played with them if they gave her a saxaphone!



Thanks to our friend Erik Johnson for sharing this picture on Saturday. He really had a birds eye view!

We had a blast cheering with the fans and rocking with the Gold Star Marching band on Broadway and then getting a look from above from the beautiful newly renovated Loretta. (She’s had a lot of work done )  : ) Thanks for all the fun!

Thanks for this beautiful view from the beautifully renovated Loretta



The topping for this incredible day was the Bison remain undefeated by trampling Delaware State 51 – 0 and every NDSU player got in the game.
Can hardly wait to see the Bison stampede the Jack Rabbits this Saturday.

Also fired up for the upcoming Homecoming Parade coming back downtown Friday Oct 11th at 5:30!

Go BISON!!!

 
 

Gold Star marching band coming back to Broadway

After so many years away, it’s exciting to see the NDSU Homecoming Parade coming back downtown! The Friday night Homecoming Parade is October 11th.
It’ll be a thrill to once again see all the floats and pageantry and hear the deep bass of the drums thumping blocks away, the sharp, crisp, rat a tat tat of the snares, and the definitive Sousa sound from the tubas fill the crowd with joy and anticipation with each step as the Gold Star Marching Band approaches.

Can hardly wait and thanks to Dean Bresciani and Mike Hahn and his team at the Downtown Community Partnership and all involved for bringing the NDSU Homecoming Parade back downtown!  GO BISON!!I’m going to try to get them to invite all the fun Bison tailgating vehicles to join in the Parade! What a hoot!! Go BISON!!!