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Awards, Honors and Recognition

The City of Fargo has been recognized for a variety of notable accomplishments ranging from green initiatives to Website design and accessibility. Below you will find more information on a few of these honors.

October 2013: announces Fargo as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live!

September 2013: ESPN's College GameDay selected the NDSU Bison vs. Delaware State game as its game of the day. The program was staged and broadcast live from downtown Fargo! Yes - Corso put on the Bison mascot head.

June 2012: Who says you need to move south to enjoy retirement? Forbes Magazine selected Fargo as one of the "Top 25 places to Retire in 2012".

March 2012: Fargo was voted as the week three winner of the Reader's Digests' "Most Interesting Town" competition. The City also received a mention in the Reader's Digest magazine.

September 7, 2011: Fargo was selected as one of 151 "2011 Playful City USA" communities. The Dakota Medical Foundation applied for the nomination, noting "playful" activities that take place within the metro including Streets Alive, GoFar events and many others .

August, 2011: Fargo's Renaissance Zone named one of "America's Most Transformed Neighborhoods" by Forbes Magazine. Fargo was selected for exceptional improvements in the downtown area.

July 12, 2011: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) selected the City of Fargo to receive an Our Town grant, one of only 51 grants awarded nationwide. The $100,000 grant will be used to implement a collaborative art project in Fargo neighborhoods. This is a 1:1 match with a total project budget of $260,000.

April, 2011: Named one of the Best Places to Live by Men's Journal magazine for, among other things, low taxes, low unemployment rates, clean air and quality of life.

August, 2010: The City of Fargo Website is recognized by for excellence in web design and content with the North Dakota "Top City Government Website Award".

July, 2010: Money Magazine ranks Fargo among top "100 Best Places to Live".

2009: The American Planning Association names downtown Fargo a "Great Places in America".

The Earth Day Network ranks Fargo as the number one urban environment in its evaluation of 72 cities across the country. The evaluation was based on seven factors, including air quality, toxics and waste, and drinking and surface water.

Playful city 2012