June 8, 2018
WILLISTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
NEWS & UPDATES

Dear Williston Wire Readers,
 
The City of Williston will host two public meetings next week; on June 12 Roger Brooks will discuss some exciting ideas for downtown development and on June 13 there will be a meeting to discuss plans to allow mobile food vendors in town. More details are located in the stories below. 

 Shawn, Ann, Barb, Brenda and Anika 

Williston Public Works celebrates Groundbreaking on New Facility
The new public works facility will be 96,000 square feet. It will be located east of the current site. Williston Economic Development
Williston Herald - "The Best City In North Dakota." That's how Mayor Howard Klug described Williston on Thursday afternoon at the groundbreaking of the new Public Works facility, located east of the current building. The project has been in the works for several years, and Klug touted the work of the city's planners, engineers and leaders for bringing it to fruition. "This project here is going to serve Williston for the next 40 or 50 years." Klug said. "It's a dream of the people that have worked so hard over the last six years." Read More
City of Williston helps Senior Center remain Open with $50,000 Loan
The Williston Senior Center is located on Main Street in Downtown Williston. Williston Economic Development
Williston Herald - The Williston City Commission voted in a special meeting on Wednesday, June 6, to provide a loan to the financially struggling Williston Senior Center to prevent it from closing. Citing a change in management and inability to secure grant funding as reason for financial difficulty, Mayor Howard Klug requested that a line of credit be extended by the city to keep it operational. Klug requested that a $50,000 "Band-Aid" be granted to the senior center, but with the caveat that all money will be paid back. Read More
Miss America returns to Williston; Teen Finals June 8, Miss North Dakota Finals June 9
Miss North Dakota Lizzie Jensen and Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen Sydney HelgesonTessie Jones Photography, the Official Photographer of the Miss North Dakota Organization.
KUMV-TV - Young ladies are taking center stage in hopes of becoming the next Miss North Dakota this week in Williston. "It's just a really great way to bring people into town and to let these girls have this opportunity to shine and do what makes them feel confident," said Stephanie Johnson, Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen director. The Friday night teen finals and Saturday night finals will be held at the Bakken Elementary Auditorium at 7 p.m.  Read More
Roger Brooks Presentation rescheduled to June 12
Learn about downtown development with Roger Brooks on June 12 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at 206 East Broadway in Downtown Williston.
News Release/Williston Economic Development - A keynote speaker  on travel, tourism, downtowns, community branding and destination marketing will speak in Williston on Tuesday, June 12. The free public meeting featuring Roger Brooks will be  held from 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at the Williams County Administration Building in the Commission Room (lower level). The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. with coffee and pastries followed by a two-hour presentation from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Learn about programmed plazas for downtown development and much more! Call 701-577-8110 for more information.
Public invited to Mobile Food Truck Meeting June 13
The public is invited to a meeting on June 13 at 6 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall to discuss a new ordinance for mobile food trucks.
News Release/City of Williston - The City of Williston is announcing a public comment period regarding a new ordinance to allow mobile food trucks within the city. The  City of Williston has heard requests for mobile food trucks and after having thoroughly researched the concept will be presenting proposed regulations. A public input meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on June 13 in the Commission Room at City Hall.  Any comments can be sent to comments@ci.williston.nd.us.    Read More
Connecting Communities BBQ June 20 in Alexander
News Release - The first Connecting Communities BBQ of the summer will be held June 20 in Alexander. The free BBQ is free and open to the public. It will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at City Park. The event allows Williston to thank Alexander residents for shopping, dining, utilizing health care facilities, attending college and simply visiting Williston.
TrainND Northwest names New Director
Pam Rasmussen has been named the Regional Director for Technical Programs and Training at TrainND starting July 1.
KEYZ Radio - TrainND has a new director as the job retention program with WSC moves into some new territory; developing a fast track curriculum for natural gas work, including pipeline and refining skills. Pam Rassmussen understand what the industry needs, and when. "Oil and gas needs education to react quickly, so one of our main areas of focus will be how we deliver short term training and how we find the niche areas in that training that are definately meeting focused needs in oil and gas," says Rasmussen. Read More     Williston Herald: Piesik stepping down from TrainND Post
WSC Student named to ND Board of Higher Education
News Release - Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed Devils Lake attorney Daniel Traynor, New Rockford-Sheyenne Superintendent Jill Louters and Williston State College student Ashley Thornton to the North Dakota Board of Higher Education. "We're deeply grateful to these and all of the other qualified candidates who expressed their intense passion for higher education in North Dakota," Burgum said. Read More
North Dakota issues Survey on Workforce Issues
Gov. Doug Burgum announces new survey for North Dakota employers. Prairie Public Broadcasting photo
News Release - Gov. Doug Burgum and Labor Commissioner and Job Service North Dakota Executive Director Michelle Kommer today announced a new survey asking North Dakota's employers to identify their most pressing workforce issues. Survey results will provide valuable input for workforce development recommendations to the governor. A link to the survey is now live at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NDWF2018Survey. For the next two weeks, North Dakota's employers are encouraged to give their input on the challenges they face. Read More
Tioga's Neset Consulting Service launches New Name, Logo
Kathy Neset is re-branding her company with a new name and logo. Tioga Tribune
Tioga Tribune - The official name of a Tioga business is changing to one people all over the oil industry will be able to recognize more clearly in the future. Neset, as most people already refer to Neset Consulting Service, has a new logo and an important new designation as a certified woman-owned business. To read the full story, sign into our online edition.
Western North Dakota seeks Retailers
Buxton is helping Williston and Watford City attract more retailers to western North Dakota. McKenzie County Farmer
McKenzie County Farmer - As Watford City's population has mushroomed to over 8,000 since 2012, the question on the minds of the majority of the city's new residents is, "When are we going to see more retail stores?" For many of these new residents, they are used to having the convenience of having a big box store to shop at. Or having a multitude of different sit-down dining opportunities available.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer     Roundup: Stenberg calls on Residents to update Addresses on Financial Statements
Williston Yard of the Week
Williston Herald - The Williston Herald - City of Williston Yard of the Week (4) is located at 408 14th Ave. W. The home belongs to Cheryl Martin of Williston. The Williston Police Department selects the winner of the contest weekly.  
Upcoming Williston Events
06/12------June Primary Election
The polls will be open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. Bring ID.

06/12------Public Meeting with Roger Brooks
The public is invited to attend the free meeting at 206 E. Broadway from 8:30-10:30 a.m. There will be coffee and networking available from 8-8:30 a.m.

06/12------Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

06/13------Ribbon Cutting at Deja Brew Coffee
The ribbon cutting & grand opening ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. at 512 Main St, in front of Elite Health & Fitness.

06/13------Public Input Meeting on Mobile Food Trucks
The public is invited to attend the free meeting at City Hall in the Commission Room beginning at 6 p.m. to discuss new ordinance for mobile food trucks.

06/14------Chamber Business After Hours
The networking event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at ACME Tools.

06/16------Chamber Lemonade Day

06/18------Williston Planning & Zoning Commission
The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

06/26------Chamber Network Before Nine

07/01------Shop First Sunday
Select Williston stores will be open on Sunday, July 1 from 12-5 p.m.

07/06-07------Crazy Days in Downtown Williston
The Chamber and Downtowners Association are partnering to bring Crazy Days Williston-Wide. Support small businesses and shop local in Williston.
 
08/01------1 Million Cups Williston
Learn how to help new businesses thrive in Williston by attending the free meeting at Williston State College from 8:30-9:30 a.m..
Upcoming Energy Events
The Summer 2018 event will be held at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City. 

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

10/03-04 ------ Bakken Oil Product & Service Show
The 8th annual trade show and seminars will be held at the Raymond Family Community Center. Bakken Oil Show website
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