Economic Development

In 2001, the city of Washburn engaged in a community planning process to develop a strategic plan for Washburn. As part of the strategic plan, a vision statement for Washburn was created:

"The city of Washburn is a clean, safe, prosperous and growing community that welcomes new residents, provides excellent shopping and leisure-time activities, offers choices of quality employment and housing, and maintains the highest level of services, including health, education and public infrastructure, to all its citizens. The community serves a the retail and service center for other communities lying between Bismarck and Minot, and it is widely recognized as an ideal place to ship, live and raise a family." 

The strategic plan called for more active economic development of the Washburn area. The Washburn Economic Development Organization was recreated as the Washburn Area Economic Development Association (WAEDA), which currently conducts economic development activities including, but not limited to, growing and retaining existing businesses, identifying new business opportunities, supporting residential and commercial development and promoting community quality of life.

WAEDA Meetings are held monthly on the 3rd Monday at 3:30 pm at 611 Main Avenue, Washburn, ND. The public is welcome to attend. If you would like more information about WAEDA, please contact Tana Larsen, Economic Development & Marketing Director at (701)737-9106.




The City of Washburn and the Washburn Area Economic Development Association (WAEDA) offer financial incentives to new and expanding businesses and residents and partners with the many state sponsored incentive programs to help Washburn to continue to be a progressive and forward moving community.

Below is a brief look at a few programs we offer or participate in locally.  Should you have any questions regarding one of the programs, please contact Tana Larsen, WAEDA’s Economic Development & Marketing Director, at (701) 737-9106.

Store Front Improvement Grant

The Store Front Improvement Grant was created to improve the image and appearance of shopping districts along Main Street and Highway 83 and to encourage the occupancy and renovation of vacant and dilapidated buildings within the Washburn community. The grant must have a fifty percent private match up to $5000. WAEDA will match the other fifty percent up to a maximum of $5000. For example, on a $10,000 project, $5,000 is paid by the owner, $5,000 paid by WAEDA.

Eligible projects must be within the Washburn community and be directly related to a business or future business. Only physical improvement projects will be eligible. Farm, ranch and home-based business projects do not qualify. Following grant application and approval, projects may be started, no prior projects will be considered. Grant applications can be requested from


 Revolving Loan Fund

 The Revolving Loan Fund was created to help business start-ups and expansions within the community of Washburn. Funds are generally used to generate operating capital for a new business, buy down interest on loans for equipment, renovation of business and other projects. There is some flexibility within this program and funds are distributed at the discretion of the WAEDA Board of Directors. Applications can be obtained from the WAEDA Director.  Upon receipt of the completed application the WAEDA Director will then forward to designated representatives from the local banks, Farm Credit of Mandan, and Hetletved CPA for review. The WAEDA Director will relay the decision to the applicant after determination has been made by the representatives. 

 Housing Incentive Program

The excellent quality of life in Washburn is why people choose to live here. Many things contribute to our quality of life including the excellent school system and health care facilities, affordable housing, churches, excellent job opportunities and numerous recreational opportunities.

For more information on the Washburn Housing Incentive program or to receive an application, please contact Tana Larsen, Washburn Area Economic Development Association, at 701-462-3801 or email her at


 Renaissance Zone

The Renaissance Zone is a tax incentive program governed by the State of North Dakota’s Department of Community Services. The tax incentives consist of a variety of state income and financial institution tax exemptions and credits, and local property tax exemptions. The applications must be approved by the local City of Washburn Planning & Zoning committee prior to the start of construction.


 Residential and Commercial Tax Abatement

 New single-family, townhome, and condominium residential construction may receive up to 2 years of property tax abatement on the first $150,000 of the true and full value of the home.

 New and existing buildings, structures, and improvements owned or leased by a qualifying project may qualify for property tax abatement for up to 5 years

 New buildings, structures, and improvements constructed and owned by a local development corporation may receive a partial or complete exemption from ad valorem taxation while unoccupied.

 A qualifying project which locates in a building owned by a local development corporation qualifies for the property tax incentives, provided application is made and granted prior to occupancy.

Contact the City of Washburn at (701) 462-8558 for further information. 



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