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About Mike Williams

Name: Mike Williams Location: Fargo, North Dakota Website: http://www.electwilliams.com Occupation: Risk Manager Family Mutual Insurance Fargo City Commissioner since 2004, re-elected in 2008 and 2012 About Me: I'm a pragmatic optimist that's grateful for all the wonderful people in my life

Block 9 sets a terrible precedent

While Block 9 is a neat concept, the unprecedented tax waiver incentive package that was passed 3-2 last night set a new level of public assistance for privately owned structures. From this point going forward, what do you think any … Continue reading

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Fargo’s Great Rides Bike Share inspired integrated payment system

“An overlooked example of an integrated payment system already exists—in Fargo, North Dakota. And it’s created arguably one of the most successful bike share systems in the country. Fargo’s Great Rides is an 11-station, 100-bicycle seasonal system. Its last season … Continue reading

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Fargo’s Great Rides Bike Share ease of use tops in the nation

Ride ON! Great to see our innovative Matbus inspired, student led model for Great Rides Bike Share making such a positive national impression. It took us about 3.5 years to get our one of a kind bike share model going, but … Continue reading

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Fargo Great Rides Bike Share may be best in the country

Ride ON! Great to see our innovative Matbus inspired, student led model for Great Rides Bike Share making such a positive national impression. It took us about 3.5 years to get our one of a kind bike share model going, but … Continue reading

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Fargo property taxes and Renaissance Zone

  In 1990 Susan and I bought our house. We started paying more attention to property taxes and watched Fargo School taxes increase as state funding for education decreased. The Fargo School levy increased over 96 mills in just 10 years … Continue reading

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Fargo’s in the Sweet 16! You can make it a slam dunk

March Madness is running amok! Even though our beloved Bison didn’t make the big dance this year, Fargo’s been selected already made it to the “Sweet 16” seed in the “Strong Towns March Madness Tournament of Cities“. We need you to … Continue reading

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efargo up to 3rd place in $5,000,000 Energy prize and $3,207,242 saved already

WHOOP! WHOOP!! Our efargo team has just moved into 3rd place in the $5,000,000 Georgetown University Energy Challenge!! Working with Xcel Energy and Cass County Electric, we’ve established the baseline of energy used in 2013 and 2014 for residential and municipal electricity. During … Continue reading

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Fargo can win $5 million and we’ve already saved over $3 million

eFargo’s moving on up! We’re in the hunt for the $5 million Energy Challenge competing with 60 quarter finalist cities across the country. Fargo’s the spotlight community on the Georgetown University Energy Challenge Thanks to Malini Srivistava and all of … Continue reading

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Whoot! Fargo best performing small city again

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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