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West Fargo named 2013 City of the Year

West Fargo was named 2013 City of the Year by the North Dakota League of Cities Saturday during the closing event at the League's annual conference Sept. 12-14 in Bismarck.

League President and Fargo City Commissioner, Brad Wimmer, listed his neighboring city's accomplishments during the closing conference event Saturday night.

"This year's award winner has almost too many achievements to mention," Wimmer told the audience of 400 city leaders.

Noting the industrial parks in West Fargo that were created in 2000 and are filled with new and expanding businesses today, Wimmer said, "This is exceptional when you consider the initial plan was to fill them in 25 to 50 years."

West Fargo's efforts to expand residential subdivisions resulted in 18 new subdivisions to date, and the areas include 670 single-family and twin-home lots.

Completion of major street projects and a new fire and police station, as well as plans for a new police department and city hall remodeling, were also noted. The growth in parks and schools, prompted by the rapid population growth from 2000 to 2010, were factors in West Fargo's recognition.

West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern accepted the award Saturday night during the closing conference event and said, "There are many plaques hanging on the wall in city hall, but this is the best. We've had tremendous growth, and our success is due to our city employees. They've put together the pieces of the puzzle, they all work hard."

The City of the Year award was established in 1984 to recognize North Dakota cities for the quality, number, and extent of activities undertaken in the community.

The North Dakota League of Cities provides services and gives voice to the collective concerns of the state's 357 cities. The Leagues mission, "Service, advocacy, leadership education and support," expresses the many programs and services offered by the League.