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The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced it has renewed the Renaissance Zone Program for the city of West Fargo for five additional years. The Renaissance Zone Program is a tool for community redevelopment and economic investment that incorporates tax incentives to business and residential properties. West Fargo started utilizing the Renaissance Zone Program in 2000 and has had 90 approved projects. Recent major projects include Restad Industrial Park in 2020 and Midcontinent Communications in 2017. “West Fargo has used the Renaissance Zone Program to encourage reinvestment and redevelopment in its downtown area to enhance business and improve housing,” said Rikki Roehrich, program manager at the North Dakota Department of Commerce. “The program is often used in smaller rural communities and growing communities across the state to attract businesses that provide vital services to their populations.” The Renaissance Zone Program currently includes 58 cities across North Dakota. Since the program’s inception in 1999, more than 1,600 projects have been approved and more than 1,300 have been completed. For more information, contact Renaissance Zone Program Manager Rikki Roehrich at 701-328-2687. For tax related questions, please contact Lorie Bowker at 701-328-1296.