New census figures show continued growth in two largest cities, slight declines elsewhere

New census figures show continued growth in two largest cities, slight declines elsewhere

(Source: The Center Square) - North Dakota is home to one of the fastest-growing counties in the country, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. According to a report showing population and housing trends over the last few years, Billings County's housing stock increased by 6.1 percent from 2022 to 2023. Billings County tied Wasatch County, Utah, for the fourth-fastest-growing county...

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$5.1 million grant awarded for North Dakota housing; state housing advisory committee starts work

$5.1 million grant awarded for North Dakota housing; state housing advisory committee starts work

The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency was awarded a $5.1 million grant for housing programs. The grant, administered by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, will go toward housing for low- and middle-income workers, seniors, people with disabilities and people at risk of homelessness. The grant multiplied a donation to the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency by the Bank of North Dakota....

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Burgum launches state housing initiative, appoints LCD Group’s Brent Ekstrom and other experts to advisory committee

Burgum launches state housing initiative, appoints LCD Group’s Brent Ekstrom and other experts to advisory committee

Governor Doug Burgum has appointed a North Dakota Housing Initiative Advisory Committee to lead the development of a comprehensive housing strategy for North Dakota. Burgum announced the Housing Initiative in January in his 2024 State of the State Address, building on the success of a similar effort last biennium to tackle another major roadblock to workforce participation – child care. The...

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Prairie Ridge Apartments to help growing demand for senior housing in Fargo area

Prairie Ridge Apartments to help growing demand for senior housing in Fargo area

Construction is now in the final stages and occupancy is filling up fast for Prairie Ridge Apartments in Fargo.  When it opens later this fall, the 120-unit complex will help meet the critical housing needs for the Fargo metro area's growing 55-plus population, which is exactly why the project was undertaken by CR Builders and CommunityWorks North Dakota. CommunityWorks North Dakota is part of...

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LCD Group to kick off ‘Lunch & Learns’ and ‘Happy Hour Socials’ series in Fargo, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, and Minot – June 11 and 12

LCD Group to kick off ‘Lunch & Learns’ and ‘Happy Hour Socials’ series in Fargo, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, and Minot – June 11 and 12

Lewis & Clark Development Group is hitting the road this summer for a series of 'Lunch & Learns' and 'Happy Hour Socials.'  The events will be open to lenders, municipal leaders, lenders, and economic and community developers across North Dakota. Participants will be treated to a complimentary lunch or hors d'oeurves, beer, and wine. LCD Group staff will present on the range of programs...

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In the News: The Other Side of the Oil Boom – Evictions

In the News: The Other Side of the Oil Boom – Evictions

By Sarah Holder Bloomberg Williams County, North Dakota, is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the state’s fracking boom. In the past decade, millions of barrels of oil have been pumped from its land, and the population of its largest city, Williston, has doubled. But as the oil flowed and workers poured in to staff the rigs, housing options quickly ran dry. The region’s uneven expansion has...

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SBA 504 helped West River Equipment to expand as father and son carry on family tradition

SBA 504 helped West River Equipment to expand as father and son carry on family tradition

"When we opened on the Mandan strip in 2017, we thought it would be ten to fifteen years before we ever need to move," said West River Equipment co-owner Delvin Boehm who admits its a nice challenge to confront as a small business owner.  Delvin, together with his father, Lyle, are carrying on a family tradition. Delvin's grandfather operated the first Vermeer equipment dealership in North...

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Reliable and strong partners

Reliable and strong partners

Security First Bank, Bravera Bank, and Starion Bank contributed to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines' Member Impact Fund, which resulted in CommunityWorks North Dakota receiving $80,000 in support.  Earlier this year, FHLB Des Moines selected North Dakota to part of the campaign. For a limited time, all FHLB member institutions could partner with CommunityWorks through a matching grant...

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In Depth: Data finds 66 percent of North Dakota homes are single-family

In Depth: Data finds 66 percent of North Dakota homes are single-family

(Sources & Credits: Voice of Alexandria / Construction Coverage) — New data paints a clear and not-too-attractive picture of the state of single-family housing in the United States. In recent years, rising home prices and interest rates have strained affordability throughout the United States, especially for first-time home buyers and younger families with limited budgets. North Dakota has...

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SBA 504 Loan and NDOF packed a one-two punch for one LCD Group client

SBA 504 Loan and NDOF packed a one-two punch for one LCD Group client

Bis-Man Chiropractic and Acupunture had outgrown its location. For owners Rachael and Lance Wiegel it was a good problem to have. Specializing in chiropractic care, massage, and acupunture, Bis-Man Chiropractic and Acupuncture serves patients from all ages and walks of life. The clinic also provides a community care option for veterans, a service that is near and dear to the Wiegels. Past...

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