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News and Notes from the BCDC

There has been some economic activity in recent months in the Bowman area. The most significant at this time are the following.

By Chris Slone

1. Shopko is following through with its chain of bankruptcy and the Bowman Shopko is scheduled to close May 18.

2. A building on main street is going to be to be occupied by Arqueros, a Mexican Restaurant. It’s projected to open sometime this summer.

3. Dollar General has inquired about opening a store in Bowman. They have only shown interest at this point and nothing is concrete.

4. INK’D Apparel by Sarah moved to a storefront on Highway 12.

The Mainspace that will be available on 13 ½ E. Divide has begun construction.

“Through the process, history has been uncovered and revisited,” the Bowman County Development Corporation sent in an email. “We look forward to building a space for public use and allow for additional programming for our communities.”

Scholarship Program

According to the Bowman County Development Corporation (BCDC), attending a conference specific to an individual’s industry needs just became easier. The BCDC is providing scholarships up to $500 for approved professional development conferences. After researching the top reasons to encourage and support professional development, the BCDC narrowed the reasons to four:

1. Increase Retention

2. Build Confidence and Credibility

3. Reenergize Staff

4. Improved Efficiency

The Bowman County Development Corporation wants individuals to find their reason to keep learning and apply for the Conference Scholarship Program.

Downtown Revitalization Façade Program

The BCDC announced they have received and approved the first application for the Downtown Revitalization Façade program.

“In efforts to support the creation and expansion of commercial and retail sectors in the downtown districts of Bowman County, the Downton Revitalization Façade Program was created,” the Bowman County Development Corporation said in an email.

The guidelines and application were finalized and mailed to all qualifying businesses with the designated district. Interested commercial property owners may apply for a forgivable loan, not to exceed $20,000 for up to 50 percent of their investment in rehabilitating and/or updating a building façade. The building must be located in the downtown district of Bowman.


Fusion 2019 tickets are now on sale. For anyone interested in more information, visit GoFusionConference.com.


Mitch Strand, Bowman County Elementary School Principal, was elected to the Board of Directors. Julie Lockert, Wells Fargo, finished her term as the Board President.

“The BCDC thanks Julie for her time and dedication as a Board Member over the years,” the Bowman County Development Corporation said in an email.

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