From the east bank to the west bank of the Missouri River--Bismarck/Mandan is changing.
This morning Bismarck Mayor John Warford and Mandan Mayor Arlyn Van Beek informed hundreds of community leaders about the growth our metro area is experiencing.
Reporter Sarah Gustin has more from the State of the Cities.
(John Warford / Bismarck Mayor) "Because things are really happening in the city of Bismarck."
(Aryln Van Beek / Mandan Mayor) "Our sleepy little community is waking up."
It's a busy time in the Bismarck/Mandan area.
Whether it's job growth, housing or construction...the numbers are headed in an upward direction.
(John Warford / Bismarck Mayor) "Bismarck is going to start to experience that sort of oil boom scenario as far as far as growth as well. Bismarck and Burleigh county, especially inside our 4 mile extraterritorial area by 2025. There is gonna be a 140-thosuand people. "
Since 2000 Bismarck's population has climbed 16%.
In 2013 nearly 4200 building permits were issued.
(John Warford / Bismarck Mayor) "We've had ten new hotels in our city in the last year or two. We have had 62 year to date, just this year, that's three times more development applications that 2011, so when you look at this Single family housing ,apartments, the growth is pretty phenomenal. "
And Bismarck still claims the title of the third safest city in the U.S. for crime.
Mandan is also on the grow...
Nearly 19-thousand residents call Mandan home.
(Aryln Van Beek / Mandan Mayor) "Growing, growing continually. I think this year we have 150 new residential. We have 8 new apartment complexes that went up this year with 44 units in each one. So our residential population is growing continues to grow. In some of our studies we predict that to continue for the next several years."
Both Mayors agree the biggest challenges in the years ahead are keeping up with this fast paced growth.
(John Warford / Bismarck Mayor) "In 2014 and beyond challenges are related to growth. How do we continue to grow as a city and maintain that quality of life, that citizens want? how do we keep crime down? how do we keep those great qualities of life that make Bismarck a great place and a destination? Keeping up with roads ands streets."
(Aryln Van Beek / Mandan Mayor) "Staying ahead and with pace with the growth that we are seeing. With the public safety, with police and fire and just continuing with our roads and keeping up with infrastructure"
Problems many communities would like to have during this tough economic time in our nation.
Van Beek says the new Wal-Mart is one of the most exciting additions for Mandan.
He also says there is a lot of growth planned on the east end of the Memorial Highway.