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Bowman Receives Positive Survey Results
May 31, 2016
As part of a program put on by Vision West North Dakota, Bowman was selected as one of seven western North Dakota communities to participate in a community assessment survey titled "The Main Street Success Project." The Main Street Success Project (MSSP), focused on all attributes of Bowman, including businesses, education, healthcare and quality of life.
Matthew Perdue, of Dickinson State University, was the facilitator and lead for MSSP, and was welcomed to Bowman for the interviews and focus group on December 29, 2015 and again to present the findings April 18, 2016. The program also included a survey that was returned by over 150 participants.
Attendees to the presentation were highly engaged in the presentation and good discussion was held. which was a testament to our City employees. While Stanley ranked #1 as a good place to conduct business or to start a new business, Bowman was a close second. Bowman ranked #2 for affordable housing but ranked in the lower range for being friendly and welcoming. Of all the communities surveyed, Bowman had the highest percentage of respondents that said they do most of their shopping locally. The facilitator concluded that the results showed a great capacity for business development and new business.
Perdue emphasized that while a lot of communities are in the building phase, Bowman was able to focus on enhancement. He attributed much of Bowman’s success to the leadership that it has in place and its ability to grow young leaders.
At the end of the presentation Perdue made four recommendations for the City of Bowman:
-Prepare the next generation to be community leaders and supporters of local businesses.
-Recruitment of business to the new industrial park
-Capitalize on existing partnerships - BCDC programs, School, Chamber, region resources, neighboring communities
Many attendees to the presentation requested that Perdue be invited back for an encore presentation so a larger group of attendees could be present. That presentation was given again May 23rd, 6:00 PM at the Bowman Lodge and Convention Center.