ND Department of Commerce launches Community Dashboard

BISMARCK, N.D. - A web-based Community Dashboard intended to make North Dakota a better place is being launched by the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

The Dashboard will provide information that can be used to help grow healthy, vibrant and financially solvent communities.

All you have to do is go to mainstreetnd.com/resources.

Click on View Dashboard, then click on one of four tabs, which takes you to a bunch of data reports.

The Community Dashboard will help city leaders figure out certain data faster, which will help them with their decision making.

"I think anytime that we have a tool that will enable us to do that is a good thing because having information and data to make decisions is critically important," said Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary.

The dashboard was a work in progress, but Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford thinks it'll be worth it in the end.

"What is our footprint look like compared to our population. What does our footprint look like compared to what is coming. Do we need to grow the footprint, or what can we do in field development and save some of that tax payer burden," said Lt Gov. Brent Sanford.

Right now the dashboard is in its first stage, but the Chief Information Officer of North Dakota says it's an evolving process.

"It means we will be adding features, we will be adding more capabilities in the future," said Shawn Riley, chief information officer for North Dakota.

The Community Dashboard version one will be available in April, which will offer increased livability information.