Gov. Doug Burgum will be touring downtown Dickinson and its renaissance zone as part of his Main Street ND Initiative on April 4.

Dickinson joined the MSI in February. The program provides resources and guidelines to help create vibrant downtown areas and represents a unified effort across the state.

The visit is being hosted by the City of Dickinson and Dickinson Downtown Association.

"It's a great opportunity for our downtown to connect with the state and to take advantage of his Main Street Initiative," Kristi Schwartz, DDA president, said. "I think it's going to benefit Dickinson as a whole."

The afternoon bus tour and downtown walking tour will be followed by a "listening session" hosted by Burgum from 5 to 6:45 p.m. at Dickinson Public Library.

"It's an opportunity for the governor and his group of officials to listen to an identified guest list of 25 to 30 people of varying demographics who are stakeholders in the vibrancy of the downtown area and renaissance zone," Jennifer Strange, DDA executive director, said.

The public is invited to attend the event.

Main Street ND focuses on three areas: workforce, infrastructure development and vibrant community.

"A downtown area has been identified as being central to all of those things," Strange said. "In order to attract and retain a workforce for an area, one of the ways of getting them to that area is to provide them with a location ... that provides everything from retail opportunities to dining and nightlife opportunities to entertainment alternatives."

Equally important is providing general gathering spaces for the community, Strange said.

"What many other towns of our size and larger have discovered is by creating an area in their downtown core that is open to year-round community gathering ... those towns really realize a more vibrant and cohesive downtown area and community in general," she said.

Burgum's visit will come after the DDA's town square forum being held Tuesday at Dickinson Public Library.

"The governor will be here eight days after our public forum, so we are excited for him to actually see the town square in person," Strange said. "And then he'll be given some direction information from the town square design team based on what the public forum generated."

A downtown clean-up is being planned for April 2 and 3 with DDA business members cleaning windows and tidying storefronts and sidewalks.