Dear Williston Wire Readers,

Two reports released this week show positive economic activity in Williston. The City's taxable sales and purchases for the third quarter of 2017 had a strong increase compared to 2016 and the number of births in 2017 remained steady at 790 compared to 843 one year ago. Those are welcome signs as Williston kicks off the new year!
 
Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda
Tioga, Williston, New Town lead 3Q Increases in Taxable Sales and Purchases
News Release

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger announced Thursday, Jan. 4, that North Dakota's taxable sales and purchases for the third quarter of 2017 had a slight increase. Taxable sales and purchases for July, August and September of 2017 were nearly $4.731 billion, a 2.3 percent increase over those months in 2016. "Although the retail trade sector was down during the third quarter, we see a large increase in some of the industries related to oil activity," Rauschenberger said. "If energy prices continue to rise, we could feel the impact in other areas as well." Rauschenberger went on to explain that as energy production continues to accelerate in North Dakota, most of the other industry sectors see a coinciding boost. Of the 50 largest cities in North Dakota, the highest percent increases for the third quarter of 2017 (compared to the third quarter of 2016) were as follows:
  • Tioga - Increase of 31.51 percent
  • Williston - Increase of 29.55 percent
  • New Town - Increase of 27.25 percent
  • Casselton - Increase of 24.53 percent
  • Langdon - Increase of 23.91 percent
Williston welcomes First Baby; CHI St. Alexius Health reports 790 Births in 2017
Williston Herald

Brayella is the first baby of the year for St. Alexius, but if the trend of the past few years holds, she'll have plenty of company by Dec. 31. The hospital estimates 790 births in 2017, a number that's going to be verified in the coming weeks. That's down a little bit from the last several years, but not much. In 2016 there were 843 births, there were 882 in 2015 and 804 in 2014. Read More
Record Number of Projects seek Community Enhancement Grants
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson
 
One of the projects under consideration is the completion of the pavilion/picnic area at Davidson Park. The STAR Fund advisory board is set to meet Jan. 18, 2018.
The City of Williston has received a record number of applications for the 2018 Community Enhancement Grants. Nearly 40 nonprofit organizations have applied for funds for projects in the Williston Trade Region. Not only is this the largest group of applicants, it is also the most diverse. "We have received applications for projects from the cradle-to-grave," said Williston Mayor Howard Klug. The Community Enhancement Program is funded by the Williston STAR Fund. This year, the Williston City Commission allocated up to $50,000 for innovative projects that enrich the region. The STAR Fund Advisory Board will review and score the requests, interview applicants and submit its recommendation to the Williston City Commission during the next few weeks. 
Red Rock Ford to open in Watford City
McKenzie County Farmer

Red Rock Ford is opening a new location in Watford City. McKenzie County Farmer
At one time in the early 2000s, Watford City was the home to three new car dealerships. But changes in the requirements for dealers to maintain their new car franchises made it more and more difficult for small town owners to make the investments. But with the city's population growing to more than 7,500 in the past four years, one of the biggest questions area residents as well as economic development groups were asking was, "when will a new car dealership open again in Watford City?" That question was finally answered when the owners of Red Rock Ford in Williston, Dickinson and Fergus Falls, Minn., announced plans to open a new dealership in Watford City.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer.
New Town Police prepare to move into New Headquarters
New Town News
The New Town Police Department is close to moving into its new, permanent home. Chief Tyler Rintamaki updated the New Town City Council on the progress of remodeling the interior of the New Town City Hall to make it suitable to house the department. The final installation of new locks and other details are all that remain before Rintamaki and his five officers relocate. When the City of New Town reestablished the police department in 2012, it was housed in an older manufactured building east of the Civic Center. That building deteriorated over the next few winters and the force relocated to the old Vocational Education building. Read More

Lund's Landing remembers Past, prepares for Future
Tioga Tribune
Part 2

The Lund family once owned a tract of land along the Missouri River south of the Nesson Valley. During the Pick-Sloan project, the land would become unusable from the flooding caused by the Garrison Dam. The Torgerson's have never forgotten the history, and now thirty year's on, Lund's Landing is a popular destination for people nationwide - and it all started as a marina without water. To read the full story, sign in to our online edition. Click here to subscribe for a day, a week, a month or a year.    Lund's Landing Part 1
Modern Apartments available in Watford City
Bakken.com

The Madison Heights apartments in Watford City have high-end modern finishes.
Orange Property Management, a North Dakota management company, now manages the luxury Madison Heights apartments on North Main Street in Watford City. The company recently merged with longtime Watford management company Homestead Management. Madison Heights consists of four buildings that contains one, two, and three bedroom apartments with high-end modern finishes. Read More
Recap of Governor's Year-End Address to Energy Industry

This is installment one of a five-part series investigating North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum's year-end address to the energy industry. 
Reporter Jason Spiess interviews Governor Doug Burgum recently.
Tis' the season for annual meetings and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum caught many people's attention with his public speech that was making the rounds. Burgum took full advantage of his invitation to address industry leaders on what direction he would like to see the Bakken go.  He laid out four basic challenges.
 - Produce 2-million-barrels-day
- Create an industry standard of zero spills
- Develop an innovative collaboration with coal
- Take the Bakken to the next big step in natural gas gathering
As Burgum spoke, many people in the audience dropped their jaw, taken back by the ambitious goals proclaimed by the entrepreneurial rooted governor. Read More
Main Street Initiative Summit Feb. 12-13 in Bismarck
News Release
 
The 2018 Main Street Initiative Summit will be held in Bismarck in February. Photo credit The Creative Treatment
Gov. Doug Burgum has announced the 2018 Main Street Initiative Summit will be held Feb. 12-13 in Bismarck, bringing together local and national community development experts and advocates to share best practices and engage community leaders, entrepreneurs, students and interested citizens in envisioning North Dakota's future. This interactive summit is open to the public and will provide information on the community planning principles behind the three pillars of Burgum's Main Street Initiative. Read More   Main Street ND
Upcoming Williston Events
01/09               Williston City Commission
The Williston City Commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 6 p.m. in City Hall.
 
01/12               Williston Downtowners Members Meeting
The Downtowners meet the second Friday of every month at 8 a.m. at the Downtowners Assocation office.

01/19               Chamber Awards Banquet
The annual awards banquet will be held at McCody Concrete. Call the Chamber at 701.577.6000 for reservations.
 
02/06                1 Million Cups
1 Million Cups meets the first Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College. Engage with entrepreneurs for one hour in the Teton Lounge.
Upcoming Williston Events
02/03                  API Chili Cook-Off
The 37th annual fundraising event will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel. Chili Cook-Off webpage
 
03/21                  NDPC Denver Social
The meeting will be held at the Denver Petroleum Club in Denver, CO.

05/22-24             Williston Basin Petroleum Conference
The 26th annual event will be held in Bismarck, ND. Early bird general attendee registration is open until April 12, 2018. Conference Website

05/22-23             Energy Exposition
The 2018 Energy Exposition will be celebrating 19 years as the Rocky Mountain's longest running energy trade exhibition. The event will take place at The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colorado. Reserve booth space today.  Energy Exposition

07/16-18             Bakken Conference and Expo
The Summer 2018 event will be held at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City.  Registration Information

09/24-26             NDPC Annual Meeting
The meeting will be held at the Ramada in Fargo, ND.
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