January 31, 2020
  • WILLISTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
NEWS & UPDATES
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

Happy birthday to our very own Brenda Schmidt today!

Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda
City Commission approves $50,000 in Community Enhancement Grants
Williston Economic Development - The Williston City Commission has approved up to $50,000 from the Williston STAR Fund’s Community Enhancement Grant program for 23 projects in the Williston trade region. Each year, the commission allocates up to $50,000 for nonprofit groups and organizations to fund activities and projects that improve the quality of life in the Williston area. Read More

1 Million Cups to feature Power Play Project February 5
Williston Economic Development - A group of Williston residents is spearheading efforts to build a multi-rink hockey facility in town. The Power Play Project will present at 1 Million Cups on Wednesday, February 5 at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge on the Williston State College campus. The meeting is free and open to the public. The Power Play Project was recently featured on the Williston Works Podcast with host Shawn Wenko. Wenko is the executive director of Williston Economic Development. Josh Kringen, one of the founders of the Power Play Project, told Wenko that the group organized about one year ago to bring more sheets of ice to Williston. Read More
Gonzaga University seeks to place Interns in Williston
Williston Economic Development - Gonzaga University (GU) is preparing for its 8th Annual GU-Williston Summer Internship program. Employers interested in hiring an intern for the summer of 2020 can contact Vicki Hucke at hucke@gonzaga.edu . Pictured are 2019 Williston Economic Development interns Rayce Vergets and Sarah Dobler.

Williston Herald releases 20 Under 40; Banquet March 6
Williston Herald - The Williston Herald has announced its latest group of 20 Under 40 nominees: Ryan Agnes, Wyatt Black, Jake Germundson, Micki Hinricksen, Kristin Iverson, Chris Jundt, Audrey Kalil, Heidi Lee, Matt Lierz, Nick Lippert, Rachel Lordemann, Tanner Overland, Andrea Placher, Alan Roness, Eric Rooke, Katie Shannon, Abby Siewert, Amanda Simard, Allayna Stevens and Alex Vournas. The 20 Under 40 Banquet will be held March 6. Read More
City Commission acknowledges Comprehensive Housing Action Plan
Williston Herald - T he city took steps towards improving the housing situation in Williston with some key votes at Tuesday’s commission meeting. Development Services Director Mark Schneider brought the items forward (pictured at right), which included requests for approval for the acknowledgment of the Comprehensive Housing Action Plan, the establishment of a Housing Committee and for housing incentives. The commission voted unanimously to acknowledge the report. The report will be available via the city’s website under Development Services. Read More
New Housing Development readies in Watford City
Roundup - Watford City RE/MAX broker and developer Paul Ficara has begun developing the Stepping Stone golf course community to provide new, custom built residential homes to families in the area. The 144 acre residential subdivision is located in close proximity to the W atford City  High School and new  Watford City  Elementary School. Read More
New Town moves forward with Rec Center Plans
New Town News - New Town got a step closer to building a recreation center that will combine a 79-seat theater, eight lane bowling alley and an arcade and concessions on Main Street. The New Town City Council authorized construction manager Consolidated Construction to seek bids on the $6.5 million project. Read More
Online Boutique transitions to Store Front in Watford City
Roundup - What once started as a love for fashion soon turned into a successful business. The Badlands Boutique, located directly across from Napa Auto Parts,  Watford City , ND, sells women's apparel, purses, jewelry, coffee cups, and hats. It opened up as a storefront boutique in June 2019. Ashley Lee, owner, and operator of Badlands Boutique (pictured at right), started an online boutique three years ago, and it was a big success, so she decided to open it up as a storefront boutique in  Watford City. Read More
Bakken Shale Gas Production projected to climb 10 Percent in 2020
S&P Global Platts - North Dakota's Bakken Shale gas output increased by 20% in 2019, and the latest analysis shows it growing another 10% year over year in 2020. Due to limited downstream access, the additional production looks to take a greater share on Northern Border Pipeline. Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
01/31 ------ Williston Downtowners Association Annual Meeting
Breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. followed by the meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the James Memorial Library.

02/01 ------ All Fur Love
The fundraiser for the MonDak Humane Rescue will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel.

02/05 ------ 1 Million Cups
Support local entrepreneurs by attending the one-hour meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge. The presentations will feature Power Play Project. Complimentary coffee will be provided by Roughneck Coffee. 

02/29 ------ Hearts for Hospice
The fundraiser will be held from 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. at the New Armory in Williston. Enjoy dinner, live/silent auction and entertainment. Call 701-774-7430 for ticket information.

03/04 ------ 1 Million Cups
Support local entrepreneurs by attending the one-hour meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge. The presentation will feature Dakota Business Lending. Complimentary coffee will be provided by Roughneck Coffee. 

03/25 ------ NWND Semi-Annual Job Fair
The 2020 Spring Job Fair will be held at the Raymond Family Community Center.

04/01 ------ 1 Million Cups
Support local entrepreneurs by attending the one-hour meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge. The presentations will feature Cooks on Main and US Census. Complimentary coffee will be provided by Cooks on Main. 

04/23 ------ Art & Wine Walk
The event will be held from 5-8 p.m. in Downtown Williston. Sponsored by the Williston Downtowners Association.

05/04-08 ------ Economic Development Week
Join us as we celebrate the achievements of entrepreneurs.

05/07 ------ State of the City Address
The public is invited to the meeting and free luncheon from 12-1 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel.
Upcoming Energy Events
02/03-07 ------ NAPE Summit Week
NAPE is the oil and gas industry's marketplace for the buying, selling and trading of prospects and producing propertiesin Houston, Texas.  Information

02/08 ------ API Chili Cook-off
More details to be released soon. Click  here   for more information.

02/11-12 ------ Blockchain in Oil & Gas Canada Conference
The Canadian technological landscape is evolving at an exponential rate. Blockchain technology in particular is having an unprecedented impact, scross the oil and gas sector. The conference will be held in Calgary, Alberta.   Registration

02/18-19 ------ DUG Bakken and Rockies
An insightful examination into the technical advancements and logistical challenges affecting producers and operators across Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming. The conference and exhibition will be held in Denver, Colorado.  Registration

02/19-21 ------ 4C Conference
The Mission of the 4C Conference is to promote the latest Emissions Reduction Technology and Best Management practices in order to drive better Environmental Outcomes. The conference will be held in Austin, Texas.  More Information

02/20-21 ------ North American Artificial Lift 2020
The exhibition and conference provides an opportunity for artificial lift systems providers and service companies to meet with shale operators in Houston, Texas.  More Information

02/25-27 ------ International Petroleum Week 2020
Defining the industry's role, delivering a low carbon future. Transformation through innovation, technology and talent. To be held in London.   Registration

04/06-08 ------ DUG Permian Basin
The conference and exhibition will be held in Fort Worth, Texas.  Registration

05/19-21 ------ Williston Basin Petroleum Conference
The conference will feature speakers and a trade show in Bismarck, North Dakota. Click  here  for more information.

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