Thanks to good work by many, Fargo’s again recognized as the top performing small city by the Milken Institute for the second year in a row. It’s fun to see and as good as it is, working together, the best is yet to come.
Here’s the article in the Milken Institutes report:
- “Fargo, ND-MN, retained its No. 1 position among small metros for a second year. Its well-diversified economy with strength in finance, insurance, health care, and higher education helped offset declines in shale-oil exploration.”
Small Cities 2015
Overall Rank: 1 Population: 228,291
Fargo, North Dakota-Minnesota, returned to No. 1 in our index of best-performing small cities, holding the top spot for the second year in a row. While more recent job growth tapered off in the metro, Fargo outpaced the national average in both job and income gains, most notably during the five years ending in 2014. The metro, which thrived during North Dakota’s decade-long oil boom, has relied on its diverse industry mix to sustain growth in the region.
Metro’s Performance in Each Index Component
|5-yr Job Growth1||14||12||8||5||4||8||108.39|
|1-yr Job Growth2||11||41||18||8||28||20||101.69|
|5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3||16||15||14||9||6||5||108.39|
|1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4||14||29||36||10||10||27||102.03|
|Short-Term Job Growth5||36||66||10||29||14||67||9977.00%|
|5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6||31||43||52||82||46||26||109.58|
|1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7||42||83||44||18||78||52||102.57|
|High-Tech GDP LQ8||41||48||54||59||52||50||0.71|
|# of HT GDP LQs Over 19||56||42||71||93||40||26||4.0|
2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)
201420155-yr Job Growth(2009-2014)1-yr Job Growth(2013-2014)5-yr Wages &Salaries Growth(2008-2013)1-yr Wages &Salaries Growth(2012-2013)5-yr Relative HTGDP Growth(2009-2014)1-yr Relative HTGDP Growth(2013-2014)95105115125135Component
|5-yr Job Growth (2009-2014)||109.54||108.39|
|1-yr Job Growth (2013-2014)||102.6||101.69|
|5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth (2008-2013)||129.27||116.48|
|1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth (2012-2013)||108.09||102.03|
|5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth (2009-2014)||102.14||109.58|
|1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth (2013-2014)||101.64||102.57|
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That’s good stuff, but we’re not resting on our laurels. We’re working with engaged citizens implementing key initiatives identified in Fargo 2030 and much of what we learned on last years bus tours, and guest presentations by parking guru Dennis Burns, Placemakers Hazel Borys, Winnipeg Forks Paul Jordan, CentreVentures Angela Mathieson, Strong Towns Charles Marohn and more.
Just in the past year:
- Fargo created our Arts Commission to help integrate art into our daily lives with people oriented design and infrastructure
- Great Rides Bikeshare smashed national records for use per bikes per day
- The Fargo Project: World Garden is winning national attention as example of art adding resiliency
- Midcontinent Communitications is deploying high speed fiber systems, the first 1 gig city in our region to add to our choices for internet providers
- Fast, fun, and free Link FM is connecting our downtowns with a 15 minute continous loop
- Fargo installed North Dakota’s first protected bike lane on the first phase of NP Ave and is now ranked 28th best biking community in the country
Thanks to all of you that joined us on one or both of our Tours of Art and Parking last year. Those trips have been paying off and I want to again thank Charley Johnson and the CVB for generously sponsoring the transportation on those learning trips.
Had a great night for improving parking management at the Fargo Commission meeting Monday 12- 9-15.
We passed the bonding for a quality mixed use parking structure 4 – 1. We locked in on a good rate of 3.42% that saves about $600k on financing costs and we have a funding model that’s solid. The goal is to add value by featuring people with the best views and active sidewalks while accommodating cars with a complimentary scale and design.
We also approved the concepts for transitioning parking management to a more user friendly parking ambassador system with Interstate Parking managing on and off street downtown parking.
Also approved directing CA to amend parking fines to a graduated rate structure that is user friendly so folks can learn the system with less penalty, but tougher on the folks that choose to park beyond time limits in high demand spots instead of walking a few blocks or using off street options.
Thanks to all the folks that shared your perspectives, joined our bus tours, study best practices, work to improve our land use, and have been working on these improvements for many years. We know we’ll continue to find ways to improve and that with a growing city it will be dynamic and change will be the norm. We’ve approved issuance of the City Center Comprehensive Plan request for proposals to help us maximize our great opportunities as we design for people first.
CITY OF FARGO
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Published: December 14, 2015
DOWNTOWN FARGO – CITY CENTER COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
The City of Fargo, North Dakota is seeking a multi-disciplinary and dynamic consultant team to lead a downtown planning effort to create a coordinated and thoughtful strategic plan that builds upon efforts outlined in GO2030 (Fargo Comprehensive Plan), examines relationships and generates a cohesive plan to address the following: vision/branding, market data, transportation, economic development, land use, parking and infrastructure. The strategic plan will require a strong public engagement process. As an end product, the City is looking for a visioning document and a blueprint to guide public infrastructure, investment and decision making in the downtown area.
II. PLAN GOALS
- To set a vision and to drive investment;
- Establish a blueprint to guide public infrastructure and investment;
- Coordinate decision making across City departments and between the public and private sector.
VI. RFP SCHEDULE AND PROCESS
A. Proposals will be accepted up until 4:30 p.m. on Friday February 12th, 2016. Proposals should be directed to the following address or submitted electronically (PDF) to the City of Fargo at email@example.com. Any questions can be directed to Joe Nigg, City of Fargo Planning Department by phone at 701.241.1473 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Fargo
Working together we’ll make the most of the opportunities. Go FARGO!
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