Mandan is the 2017 "City of the Year," receiving the honor at the North Dakota League of Cities’ annual conference in Fargo last week.

The award, accepted by Commissioner Dennis Rohr on behalf of the city, was established in 1984 to recognize North Dakota cities for the quality, number and progressiveness of their activities.

Among the city’s accomplishments are the opening of a new middle school in 2008, a new elementary school in 2014 and a universal playground in 2015.

Mandan, in combination with private and public partnerships, has invested $36 million in recreational opportunities for residents and visitors, including a sports complex for use by local youth and a wellness center in partnership with the YMCA.

A Walmart supercenter opened its doors in Mandan in 2013.

The city, whose theme is "Great Things: Made in Mandan," recently created several incentive programs to assist in the development of more eating establishments. This past year, six new eating establishments have opened, or are in the process of opening.

Mandan also developed a brochure to familiarize new residents with the area, and 24 wayfinding signs have been installed throughout the city to help orient and direct visitors.

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