A GRAND ART PLAN FOR DOWNTOWN: Todd Feland

Todd Feland
City Administator
City of Grand Forks

Todd Feland, City Adminstrator for the City of Grand Forks joined us to talk about the City’s “Parks & Open Space Plan” in the wake of Jonathan Holth’s call for Grand Forks to create a Grand Plan for art in downtown Grand Forks.

Feland outlines what the City is doing currently which will be presented to the Committee of the Whole this coming Monday evening.

STATE INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING – ARBOR PARK: Dana Sande

Dana Sande
President
GF City Council

Tuesday, June 12 2017, Hour 2

Dana Sande, President of the Grand Forks City Council, is concerned about the situation the City of Grand Forks finds itself in financially as a result of a decrease in State funding of infrastructure combined with a declining City Sales Tax.  The Bottom Line – there are dark clouds on the horizon for every local government in the state.

In a pointed interview as the vote on Arbor Park gets under way, Sande expressed frustration over what he believes are falsehoods about the “standard Renaissance Zone incentives” that apply to the Ritterman project that could be built in Arbor Park if approved and emphasized the importance of this vote for much needed tax revenue and as a message to developers that Grand Forks is business friendly.

A frank and interesting interview.

 

Wednesday, June 07 2017 — Hour 2: ARBOR PARK — Steven Schadler

Steven Schadler

Steven Schadler was a Grand Forks Park District Horticulturist from 1988 trough 2002.  He joins us to discuss the history of Arbor Park, its significance to those who built it and his estimate of the “cost” of moving Arbor Park.

Schadler also discusses his views as a horticulturist on how the City handled the move of Memorial Park when it was moved due to a development and his opinion of what today’s downtowns need to be vibrant.

ALL THINGS GRAND FORKS: Todd Feland

Todd Feland
City Administrator
City of Grand Forks

The City Administrator of the City of Grand Forks joined us on Monday to discuss all things Grand Forks.  The topics included:  (1)  Speed Limits, (2) rumors of an Air Force inspired round of BRAC, (3) City infrastructure, (4)  the City’s role in fighting addiction and then most interesting… (5) the future.

A very interesting discussion.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN GRAND FORKS: Brian Schill, VP at Praxis Strategy Group

Mark Schill
Vice President
Praxis Strategy Group

Grand Forks native and UND graduate Mark Schill, Vice President at Praxis Strategy Group joins us to talk development in Grand Forks.  We talk the following:

(1) Evolve Grand Forks update

(2) The influence of Bruce Gjovig on business development in Grand Forks

(3)  The importance the “downtown” of a city

(4)  Footnote the economic recovery of the Flood of 1997 (the Missile & Bomber Wings BOTH departed too!)

(5)  The Housing Task Force

(6)  Arbor Park

THE FOUNDER AND BUILDER OF UND’S CENTER FOR INNOVATION ISN’T DONE YET: Bruce Gjovig

UND Center for Innovation CEO Bruce Gjovig speaks to a packed room at the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center during a retirement celebration for Gjovig who’s retiring at the end of April. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Bruce Gjovig, the recently retired leader of UND’s Center for Innovation, joined MacTalk to discuss his career as the founder and builder of the Center and it’s noteworthy achievements over the course of over thirty years.

In an incredible interview, Bruce discusses Tom Clifford’s influence in the creation of the Center, its initial funding, the Flood of 1997, the creation of the Center’s Foundation and the role James Ray played in expanding the Center.

Bruce also discusses how was the Center for Innovation is funded, if he was asked to steer the Center in a new direction by the new UND Administration and how his termination was handled by the University.

From growing up on a farm/ranch near Crosby, ND to leading UND’s Center for Innovation for three decades, Bruce Gjovig built a self-sufficient organization with the soul of an entrepreneur.  He’s not done yet either.  A GREAT INTERVIEW.

 

 

CINCO DE MAYO — DOWNTOWN GROCERY STORE — PAOLA’S BAKERY — START YOUR GRILL: Kim P. Holmes

Mac & Kim Holmes

In a wide ranging conversation Kim Holmes and Mac discuss (1) drinking tequila on Cinco de Mayo, (2) Kim’s longtime desire for a downtown grocery store in Grand Forks, (3) the opening of Paola’s Bakery in downtown Grand Forks and finally… (4) taking your grill out of hibernation and bringing it back to life for the year!

SPRING & SUMMER ROAD CONSTRUCTION UPDATE FOR GRAND FORKS: John Bernstrom

John Bernstrom, a Grand Forks public information officer who fights floods with words of warning, explanation and reassurance.JOHN STENNES

Spring means it’s road construction season again.  John Bernstrom from the City of Grand Forks, Office of Public Information joins us to lay out the major construction projects they City will execute this spring and summer and how they will impact drivers.

20 YEARS LATER & PAYING FOR FUTURE INFRASTRUCTURE: Doug Christensen

Doug Christensen
Former Grand Forks City Council member

The longtime Grand Forks lawyer and former Grand Forks City Council joins us to discuss issues the City has faced since the Flood of 1997 in Grand Forks.

Doug discusses the Grand Forks City Council going from fourteen members to seven members, the decision to rebuild downtown, the landfill and the bumpy road that any community travels as it recovers from a catastrophic event.

We also discuss that big infrastructure bill and how to pay for it.