On the surface, the Bismarck-Mandan community may look like other growing midwestern communities; but when taking a closer look, we see a community that is uniquely making its mark.
Beginning with the education system in Bismarck-Mandan, we see that Bismarck boasts the largest public school district in North Dakota and fall 2022 saw increased enrollment for the 18th year in a row. Mandan, not to be outdone, has seen an increase in enrollment for thirteen straight years. Both Bismarck Public Schools (BPS) and Mandan Public Schools (MPS) will open new elementary schools in the next two school years, and MPS is currently constructing a brand-new high school. BPS also benefits from their Career Academy—a joint career and technical education center that is shared by Bismarck Public Schools and Bismarck State College.
Bismarck State College (BSC) recently became North Dakota’s polytechnic institution, which is the only one in the region, giving students a chance to earn Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in areas like Cybersecurity and Advanced Manufacturing. BSC is certainly not the only higher education institution in Bismarck-Mandan making strides; the University of Mary recently opened a brand-new College of Engineering. This continued investment in education lends itself well for companies who are looking to fill their workforce pipeline.
The Bismarck-Mandan community boasts a very competitive tax structure with some of the lowest income and property taxes in the country. Additionally, there are many local and state incentive programs that can assist businesses interested in Bismarck-Mandan; among these is a scholarship/loan repayment program, for students in a high-demand or skilled workforce. Bismarck-Mandan is also home to The Bank of North Dakota (BND), the only state-owned bank in the United States. BND offers a variety of unique financing programs, including an interest buydown program to aid offsetting costs of emerging or expanding companies.
Bismarck-Mandan has seen a 20 percent increase in population in the last decade and with that comes the need for exceptional quality of life amenities. Bismarck-Mandan boasts over 100 miles of walking trails, multiple recreational activities on the Missouri River, as well as nearby campgrounds, hunting and fishing opportunities.
Bismarck-Mandan is located at the intersection of Interstate-94 and U.S. Highway 83, providing access to markets across the Midwest and beyond. The Bismarck Airport has seven daily flights on Delta to Minneapolis/St Paul, four daily flights on United to Denver, two daily flights on American Airlines to Dallas/Fort Worth, and near daily service on Allegiant to Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa, and Orlando/Sanford. The Bismarck-Mandan area is serviced by two Class 1 railroads (BNSF and Canadian Pacific) and has ample resources like water, natural gas and power. Bismarck Mandan’s power and water rates are below the national average making it an inexpensive place to do business.
Bismarck-Mandan is clearly a community that values business and is dedicated to supporting industry. As the community continues to grow, there is specific interest in bringing in value-added energy, food and beverage processing, along with farm and construction equipment manufacturing. If your business wants to make their mark, Bismarck-Mandan is the perfect place for you.