Businesses Find Success with Stutsman County Infrastructure

19 Mar 2020

Strong, reliable infrastructure is one of the most important parameters defining a successful business. By definition, the broad segment of infrastructure includes the basic physical and organizational attributes needed to operate a business, such as the physical properties and buildings, available utilities, and accessible transportation options. The dependable infrastructure of Stutsman County exists to help your business achieve success!

Stutsman County is located in Central North Dakota, bisected by US Interstate 94 and U.S. Highway 281. The county has a population just under 22,000 with over 9,000 households. The county seat of Jamestown sits at the approximate east-center portion of the county at the intersection of those two highways. With approximately 70% of the county population and households, Jamestown is the largest city in the county. Bismarck and Fargo are about a 90-minute drive from Jamestown to the west and east, respectively. 

Affordable Utilities

North Dakota is one of the best states in the country in overall infrastructure, per the U.S. News and World Report  2019 ‘Overall Best State Rankings.’ The report listed North Dakota as the fifth-best state for infrastructure. Subtopic rankings include a #3 ranking for PowerGrid Reliability, #5 for Energy, #9 for Renewable Energy Use and #11 for Internet Access. Stutsman County reflects that lofty status, with the 2019 Sperling Best Places Cost of Living Index average utility rating for a typical Jamestown residence at 88.6, compared to the U.S. average of 100. Providers in the county leading to this excellent rating include Montana-Dakota Utilities Company for natural gas, Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Otter Tail Power Company for electricity and the City of Jamestown and Stutsman Rural Water for water. Stutsman County has strong existing internet infrastructure capable of meeting a wide range of customer needs. Fast internet is critical for most Americans to complete daily tasks and for businesses to compete globally. 


Continuing with the theme of excellence in Stutsman County, North Dakota was ranked #13 for transportation in the U.S. News report. The ranking takes into account commute time, road quality, bridge quality, and public transit usage. Ready access to ground transportation, rail, and air gives Stutsman County businesses a competitive advantage. Highway access to Canada and throughout the U.S. exists throughout the county with I-94 and U.S. Highway 281. United Airlines provides many round-trip passenger flights weekly, as well as frequent air freight service to and from the Denver International Airport, opening up national and global markets quickly. Charter air and freight service is also available elsewhere in the region. For larger shipping requirements, rail service is provided by both Northern Pacific Railroad and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Company.

Available Buildings and Sites

Stutsman County is filled with existing buildings, property sites, and Opportunity Zones ready to meet every business’ needs. A current search on the Jamestown/Stutsman County Development Corporation website delivers Opportunity Zone boundaries and maps. Additionally, three business parks exist with available sites. The Jamestown Regional Airport Business Park is minutes from downtown Jamestown and has lots from 8.5 to 46 acres. The Bloom Business Park is 2.5 miles east of Jamestown and has one 10.85 acre lot available. The Spiritwood Energy Park is located 10 miles east of Jamestown, just outside of Spiritwood. It has over 500 acres of prime industrial development land. Each park has ample access to rail and utilities. 

These exceptional utilities, transportation, and business sites place Jamestown and Stutsman County in the perfect position for successful businesses. Please contact the Jamestown/Stutsman County Development Corporation to find out what they have in store for your business!