June 30, 2017 

Dear Readers -
 
Williston Economic Development will be closed July 3 and 4 for Independence Day. If you are seeking a fireworks display; the annual  TNT Fireworks show
 will be held after the races on Monday, July 3 at the Williston Basin Speedway. Other fireworks shows will also be happening July 3 and 4 across the region.
 
We wish you all a Happy and Safe 4th of July!
 
Shawn, Ann, Barb, Brenda & Micah
Williston Economic Development
Lenders gather in Williston; review Loan, Grant Funds
Williston Economic Development
 
About 24 lenders met in Williston this week to learn about new and current financial programs offered by the Williston STAR Fund, Bank of North Dakota and North Dakota Opportunity Fund. Williston Economic Development
Lenders from the Williston area met with leaders from Williston Economic Development, the Bank of North Dakota, Opportunity Fund,  Tri-County Regional Development and Small Business Development Center in Williston this week. The annual meeting is organized by WED to share information about new programs, projects and developments in the Williston area. "It's something we try to do out of this office, once or twice a year," said Shawn Wenko, Williston Economic Development executive director. "The goal is to get everyone on the same page; we share information about the STAR Fund, get updates from their offices and learn about new programs that are available for business development."

Mini-Match Program approaches Allocation Cap; Williston Economy continues to improve
Williston Economic Development
by Micah Spanner

QuickDraw Art Studio prepares to open in  Renaissance on Main in Downtown Williston. The project received a Mini-Match grant to help fund startup expenses. Melissa Krause
The results are in, and it looks to be an early successful finish for the Williston STAR Fund Mini-Match program for 2017!
The Mini-Match program offers a dollar for dollar match reimbursement of up to $5,000 towards expenses incurred by businesses who meet the criteria in three categories: New Business Start Up, New or upgraded signage, and new Child Care Start-ups. Applications in 2017 have more than tripled those in 2016, causing the Mini-Match program to close in on its annual budget of $100,000. So far this year, 16 Mini-Match applications have been approved totaling $80,000; leaving just $20,000 for the remainder of the year. "We sensed we were rebounding from the economic slowdown in early 2017," said Shawn Wenko, Williston Economic Development executive director. "The overwhelming demand of businesses applying for the match program reinforces that belief." Read More


1Q Taxable Sales and Purchases mirror 2016 in Williston, Williams County
News Release
 
Taxable sales and purchases in Williston and Williams County were down less than 2 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. Williston Economic Development
Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger today released the 2017 first quarter taxable sales and purchases report.  Taxable sales and purchases were $3.685 billion for January, February and March of 2017, a drop of 5 percent over those months in 2016.
"For the past two years, taxable sales and purchases have seen quarterly declines in the double-digits," Rauschenberger stated. "Having a drop of just 5 percent brings us much closer to the new normal we've been anticipating." In Williams County, taxable sales and purchases were $ 286,308,183 in 2016 compared to $282,308,433 in 2017, a decrease of 1.40 percent. In Williston, taxable sales and purchases were $275,196,408 in 2016 compared to $269,945,032 in 2017, a decrease of 1.91 percent.   Read More

Miller named WSC President
Williston Herald
 
Dr. John Miller has been named president of WSC.
John Miller, who has been serving as acting president of Williston State College, has been named president of the school by a unanimous vote of the State Board of Higher Education, according to a news release from the college.
Miller has served as acting president since the former president, Raymond Nadolny, stepped down in June 2016. The SBHE chair, Kathleen Neset, had high praise for Miller, who previously worked as WSC's Academic Vice President. "Williston State College is a better place for having [Miller] there," Neset said at the state board meeting on June 27.  Read More

Watford City's Veeder named to ND Economic Development Foundation
AP
US News & World Report

North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler has named five new members to the board of the state Economic Development Foundation. They are Perry Miller of Wahpeton, Tommy Kenville of Grand Forks, Gene Veeder of Watford City, and Jared Melville and Barry Batcheller of Fargo. The foundation is a private group established by the Legislature in 2001 to promote private sector growth and oversee the state's economic development efforts. The board meets quarterly to monitor progress toward economic development goals and discuss major business issues. Each member of the board serves a two-year term. North Dakota Economic Development Strategic Plan 2010-2020

New Owners acquire The Meadows Subdivision
Williston Herald
 
The retail landscape has been evolving, and with it the viewpoint of developers. Among these are the Williston Crossing principals, who have recently announced a brand-new project that will focus on custom, single-family homes in an upscale neighborhood. Stropiq principals Ellen Weyrauch and Terry Olin have shelved the 219-acre mixed-use development they had been pursuing in 2015, and have recently announced the acquisition of The Meadows. "We don't believe that new arrivals to Williston, especially those who have decided to stay on indefinitely, came here to live in a third-floor walkup," Olin said. "Once people have decided they are not temporary, the natural progression is to become a homeowner." Read More

Summer Nights on Main kicks off in Williston
Williston Herald

Mango on a Stick was a popular treat at Summer Nights on Main June 29 in Downtown Williston. Williston Herald
They were going a little crazy for rocks at Williston's annual Crazy Days event, this year kicking off the city's weekly Thursday night party, Summer Nights on Main.   A Georgia mom who came to Williston about six years ago and now calls the Oil Patch home started what's called Williston Rocks a few days ago, with a Facebook page that encourages people to paint colorful rocks and hide them. Today she saw her project taking on a life of its own, in ways she could never have anticipated, right on Main Street in downtown Williston. "They were doing this in Georgia and my mom brought it to my attention," Natalie Williams said. Read More

New Post Office opens in Tioga
Tioga Journal
 
The new Post Office in Tioga has two retail counters, 2,050 PO Boxes and will house two delivery routes.
It was a long weekend for postal workers in Tioga. After nearly two years of planning, the post office moved across the street to its new home at the former Hegstad Furniture building."It's going to be great for our city," said Betty Pepple as she picked up her mail last Friday. She said she's seen the post office grow with the city since she moved to Tioga in 1952.
Renaissance Program revitalizes Downtown Dickinson
MyNDNOW

Photo of Downtown Dickinson courtesy of Dickinson Downtown Association.
The Downtown Dickinson area has come a long way thanks to Renaissance Projects. It's a way to give business owners incentives to renovating their shops. In recent years the downtown has been the place to go in the summer. "Alot of my friends go here. Its a great place to stop after work for a quick drink, " said a resident of Dickinson. However,  that wasn't always the case. Read More

New Hospital opens in Bowman
Dickinson Press
 
Southwest Healthcare Services celebrated its grand opening June 28 in Bowman. Dickinson Press
Bowman residents finally got the chance to check out their new medical center on Wednesday night with the grand opening of the Southwest Healthcare Services. The new hospital wraps around Southwest Healthcare's existing long-term care facility, placing everything under one roof. The approximately $28.5 million hospital, which has 23 beds, was a longtime dream for the staff and the city of Bowman, with $2 million donated by the county and $500,000 donated by the city through a city sales tax that has been in place since the 1990s. Read More

New Terminal opens at Watford City Airport
Roundup
  
Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford helped celebrate the grand opening of the new James L. Taylor Terminal in Watford City. Photo credit Kathy Taylor
The Grand Opening of the new terminal and fly in at the Watford City Municipal Airport was well attended. Those who attended were treated to a tour of the Sanford Medical jet, displays of two WWII War Planes from the Dakota Territory Air Museum, free lunch and over 100 kids enjoyed $10 airplane rides. Read More

Arnegard Fireworks Show July 3
News Release
Roundup

The Arnegard fireworks show will be held ad dusk on July 3.
Starting at 6 p.m. on July 3rd there will be games for all ages including Kickball, Volleyball, potato sack races, bounce houses and much more! Food will be sold, featuring Oh Burgers! At 11:30 p.m. when the sun has set the Firework Show will begin. The Parade will be on July 4th at 11 a.m. followed by a goodwill donation BBQ, beef donated by Jerome and Sherry Lervick. Join us for the Tractor pull, Veteran's Ceremony and games for all. Arnegard First responders will be staged on 3rd St to show guests their gear and trucks.  Roundup: 4th of July Happenings in the Region

Tioga prepares for Freedom Fest, Fireworks Show July 4
Tioga Tribune
by Marcus White

The Freedom Fest fireworks show will be held at dusk on July 4. Tioga Tribune
Fireworks or no fireworks, Tioga will be coming out to celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend during the annual Freedom Fest. If the fire danger pushes any higher, Williams County will automatically issue a burn ban and that could preclude the show planned by Tioga firemen on Tuesday, July 4. To read the full story, sign in to our online edition.  Freedom Fest flier

Upcoming Williston Events
07/03                    TNT Fireworks Show
The annual TNT Fireworks Show will be held at dusk following the races at the Williston Basin Speedway.

07/04                    WSC City Band Concert 
The free concert is held Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Harmon Park.  WSC City Band Concert schedule                  

07/06                    Summer Nights on Main
There will be live music, food vendors, activities for kids and shopping in Downtown Williston.
 
07/07-08              Rockin' Ribfest
The Chamber and Patriot Productions are teaming up to bring the popular ribfest, live music from Slamabama, Monster Truck Show, kids activities, and much more! The activities will be held at Black Magic Harley Davidson in Williston. Ribfest flier

07/11                   Connecting Communities BBQ
The second summer BBQ will be held in Glasgow from 11:30-1 p.m. MT.

07/11                  Williston City Commission
The Williston City Commission will meet at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

07/11                   Concerts in the Park
The Williston State College/Williston City Band will perform Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Harmon Park. Bring a  chair or a blanket and grab a burger while you are there.

07/12                   1 Million Cups Williston
The next meeting will feature David Allen, Elite Energy Services in Williston. Come for the free Smiling Moose coffee and stay for the meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College!

07/13                  Williams County Soil Conservation District Building Dedication
Please join us for the Ribbon Cutting of the new Williams County SCD Tree & Equipment Outlet at 11:30 a.m. Lunch to follow. Ribbon Cutting Invitation

07/13-14             2017 Williston REC Field Days
The Williston Research Extension Center Field Days will be held July 13 and 14. The dryland tour will be held Thursday while the irrigated tour be take place on Friday. The agenda for the two-day event will be released soon. Field Days flier

07/15                   CHI St. Alexius Williston Auxiliary 24th annual Garden Tour
Get your tickets for the tour at First Lutheran Church beginning at 9 a.m. The tours will run from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Proceeds will help purchase hospital equipment. Garden Tour News Release

07/15                  Williston Fly-In
The community is invited to the Williston Fly-In from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Sloulin Field International Airport. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, aircraft rides, laser tag and much more! Williston Fly-In flier
 
08/02                   1 Million Cups Williston
The next meeting will feature David Allen, Elite Energy Services in Williston. Come for the free Smiling Moose coffee and stay for the meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College!

08/30-31             Williston Economic Summit & Trade Show
The WEST event will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. The show will feature the WED/SBDC awards and appreciation dinner Aug. 31.

Energy Events
06/27                     Hazardous Materials Disaster Preparedness Symposium
The symposium will be held in the TrainND Workforce Training Centre. Registration is required. Symposium flier
 
07/13-14               Williston API Golf Tournament 
The 37th Annual API Golf Tournament Fundraiser will be held at the Eagle Ridge and the Links Golf Courses.
 
07/17-19               The Bakken Conference & Expo
The Bakken Magazine will put on the conference that focuses on Bakken Play technologies and efficiencies. Registration

08/04                     Dakota Energy Fest
The third annual Williston event will feature the Lewis & Clark Walleye Classic, Job Fair Workforce Expo and Concert featuring Scott Stapp (Creed).

08/16-17               Summer NAPE
The annual Summer NAPE expo in Houston is a networking event that brings together all the players necessary to forge, facilitate and close deals. The event will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

09/26-28              NDPC Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon
The conference will be held in Grand Forks. The event brings together the Bakken's leading experts and decision-makers. NDPC members receive discounted rates for our Annual Meeting. Nomination Form for NDPC Industry Achievement Awards
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