This letter is paid content. Our business, Community Contractors, Inc., has been fortunate over the past 20 years. With projects that have included the Ralph Engelstad Arena in 2001 to the UND Medical School in 2016 and the current new Altru Hospital, we have experienced expansive growth. Mayor Brown and the fiscal policies he has promoted have helped create the atmosphere that encourages stability and growth. Mike Brown’s Destination City Initiative brought Canad Inns to Grand Forks. This occurred in the 2005 time-frame and was one of the first projects that our firm built as a result of Mayor Brown’s vision for the City.
The City’s ability to defer taxes on specialized parcels of property has enabled our firm to build several multifamily housing projects downtown. Because of the foresight and leadership shown by Mayor Brown, downtown Grand Forks now has a thriving residential component and an expanded long-term tax base that was not there 20 years ago. I understand that Mayor Brown is now leading initiatives to expand these strategic incentives throughout other appropriate properties in Grand Forks.
The Billion-Dollar Boom of construction projects in Grand Forks is a direct result of Mayor Brown’s progressive policies. Businesses do not invest in cities they feel are not stable or financially viable. Mayor Brown has fostered the atmosphere that provides the stability and fiscally responsible tax policies for new construction. This has not only helped Grand Forks downtown grow but has allowed our company to compete and be part of this growth.
Grand Forks cannot afford to turn over the reins of City Hall to inexperienced, untested leadership. Grand Forks is on a roll, and we want to see that this continue.
I fully support Mayor Mike Brown and his re-election to another four-year term. He has been successful. Grand Forks is a better City because of his leadership. He should be re-elected to finish the Billion-Dollar Boom and keep Grand Forks moving full speed ahead. Craig Tweeten
Community Contractors, Inc.