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Published March 27, 2013, 06:10 PM

City leaders: Devils Lake economy strong and growing

City leaders in Devils Lake say the state of the local economy is strong. Today (Wednesday), they touted many new developments in the last year and many the city can expect in the future.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

City leaders in Devils Lake say the state of the local economy is strong. Today (Wednesday), they touted many new developments in the last year and many the city can expect in the future.

City leaders say the local economy is getting a boost from all sides.

Dick Johnson, Devils Lake Mayor: "...A lot of irons in the fire, you might say, that leads to a very great deal of optimism in our community."

Devils Lake is growing on all sides, from a proposed Wal-Mart on the east side of town to a new industrial park on the west side and plenty more.

Chris Schilken, Forward Devils Lake: "New clinic being built. New agricultural places being built. Bringing in new manufacturing companies."

Local leaders delivered that positive message to representative Kevin Cramer during the Forward Devils Lake annual meeting.

Cramer: "That government is a reflection of a good, common sense, pro-business constituency."

Cramer says that after repairing flood damage the city is now in a better position to attract businesses.

Cramer: "The highways need to be in good shape. Having solid rail is important."

Johnson: "We have the embankment that protects the city, so we know our citizens are safe. Our businesses are safe."

Now that the water is at bay, local leaders can focus on other issues in 2013.

Schilken: "Top priorities are still housing. We have to address day care needs. Also just overall job creation."

...while seeing new developments spring up.

Johnson: "New retail coming on, new restaurants expansion, new hotels. Working on convention, events center."

...and recruiting companies hoping to tap into the economic boom in the western part of the state.

Cramer: "How are you doing it in North Dakota and I say first, get yourself 24 billion barrels of oil. If you do that it's easier."

Devils Lake collected more than three million dollars in sales tax revenue for the first time last year.

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