BISMARCK, N.D. — A two-day event that features local and national community development experts is coming to North Dakota’s capital city.

The Main Street ND Summit begins Monday at the Bismarck Event Center.

It’s part of Gov. Doug Burgum’s so-called Main Street Initiative that aims to turn downtown areas into vibrant social and economic hubs that are attractive to live in.

The Republican governor is scheduled to give the keynote address. Burgum touted the initiative during his campaign alongside promises to cut spending and halt property tax increases.

The state Commerce Department is one of the event’s sponsors. Sandy McMerty, the agency’s deputy commissioner, says Burgum and other state officials have visited 14 communities in the past six months to help local leaders with planning goals.

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