March 8, 2019
WILLISTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
NEWS & UPDATES
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

It's beginning to feel like spring and that means it's show-time; sport and rec and farm shows to be more specific. The annual National Hard Spring Wheat Show and the Williston Sport and Rec Show are happening next week at the Raymond Family Community Center. We hope you have time to take in a meeting, a trade show or entertainment at the two shows! 
 
Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda
Crazy Cravings, Boot Barn open in Williston
Crazy Cravings opened recently in Williston in the former Wildcat Pizzeria building. Crazy Cravings photo

Boot Barn officially opened its doors on Wednesday, March 6 in the former Sears building. Williston. CVB photo
KUMV-TV - Business owners in Williston say that people are always hungry for new things to do. This became apparent to the owners of the new Mexican restaurant in town, Crazy Cravings. When the co-owners bought two weeks worth of stock and completely ran out within the first two days. "The line was curving outside. The entire lobby was full. We were doing about 70 orders an hour; it was crazy," said Jesus Torres, co-owner of Crazy Cravings. Read More

Wenko speaks at Vision West ND Conference

Williston Economic Development's Shawn Wenko was at the Vision West conference in Stanley March 7. Wenko shared the Economic Development Administration of North Dakota's legislative agenda. Wenko is the vice president of the EDND. Check out the latest EDND Legislative Update.

Klug: Communities need Strong Leaders

Williston City Attorney Jordon Evert and Williston Airport Director Anthony Dudas were named 20 Under 40 Winners March 1. 
On March 1, Williston celebrated the 2019 Citizen of the Year and this year's 20 under 40 honorees. This is the second-year young leaders in our community have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Williston community and their overall impact on western North Dakota. The range of professions and roles of those being honored - physicians, teachers, entrepreneurs, lawyers, people who work in the oil and gas industry, and more - is a testament to the diverse talents of the people here. Read More

Williston Downtowners seeks Pianos

A young boy plays the piano in Downtown Missoula.
News Release - The Williston Downtowners Association is seeking to place a few pianos in downtown this spring. The intent is to pair each donated piano with a local artist. The artist would bring the piano back to life through paint or other forms of art. The pianos would be available community members to play at their leisure. This project would provide public art and music. It's a fun way to keep downtown unique. If you have a piano to donate contact the WDA. Check  out a similar project in Montana called the 
Missoula Piano Project
Governor declares March Aviation Month, Williston Mayor declares March General Aviation Appreciation Month
Aviation officials gathered at the State Capitol on March 6.
In addition to March being Aviation Month in North Dakota, Mayor Howard Klug proclaimed March as General Aviation Appreciation month in the City of Williston. Enplanements continue to climb at Sloulin Field International Airport. Year-to-date, total passengers through the facility is up 12.8% from 2018.
Energy Industry brings Big Economic Benefits to North Dakota
Dean Bangsund, a research scientist at the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics for North Dakota State University, talks on Tuesday about the economic benefits the oil and gas industries have on the state during Energy Day at the state Capitol in Bismarck. Mike McCleary, Tribune photo
Bismarck Tribune - A new economic impact study shows North Dakota's oil industry is maturing, with more long-term jobs to maintain production and fewer temporary workers.  The oil industry had a $32.6 billion impact on the state's economy in 2017, according to the study by North Dakota State University researchers.  Dean Bangsund, research scientist with NDSU's Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, highlighted some of his most recent findings at the state Capitol on Tuesday.   Read More
Administrative Professionals Day April 24; Order Monster Cookies, Roses from Rotary
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News Release - Administrative Professionals Day is April 24. Rotary Club of Williston invites you to recognize the vital role Administrative Professionals play in your organization with a dozen beautiful roses or a dozen amazingly delicious, locally made monster cookies. Orders will be taken through April 8, 2019. Cookie quantities are limited, so place your orders early. Orders can be placed online and paid by credit card at www.willistonrotaryclub.org or in person with a Rotarian and paid with a check.  Read More

McKenzie County Commission Meetings now Live Streamed

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McKenzie County Commission meetings can now be watched online either live or for approximately 30 days after the meeting.
McKenzie County Farmer - The bi-monthly McKenzie County Commission meetings are now being live streamed. "We have been discussing the topic of live streaming for years," said Tom McCabe, McKenzie County Board of County Commission chairman. "It will now allow more members of the county to not only listen to the meetings, but be involved in the community."  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Upcoming Williston Events
03/12 ------ City Commission
The Williston City Commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

03/14 ------ Taste of Williston
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce's annual tasting event. Local restaurants, bars and caters will provide samples from 6-10 p.m. at the National Guard Armory.

03/15-17 ------ Williston Sports and Recreation Show
The 34th annual show will feature campers, boats, ATVs, hunting and fishing guides, outdoor equipment, cooking equipment and a Kid Zone at the Raymond Family Community Center.

04/03 ------ 1 Million Cups
The community is invited to 1MC at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College Teton Lounge. The event and coffee are free!

04/12 ----- Marketplace for Kids
Elementary students will showcase their startups and learn about running businesses from area business leaders.

04/27 ------ Clean Up Williston
Volunteers are encouraged to sign up to clean a specific zone or attend the clean up on Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Davidson Park.
Upcoming Energy Events
04/02 ------ Williston Basin Chapter API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel with the social beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m.  Williston API

06/05-06 ------ 3rd International Safety Culture Summit
The American Petroleum Institute, Saint Mary's University and CN will bring together industry operators, contractors, service/supply companies, academia and regulators together to facilitate collaboration and drive continual improvement. The summit will be held in Chicago.  Registration

07/16-17 ------ Bakken Conference & Expo
The expo is billed as a premier North Dakota Oil Shale event. The two-day show will be held in Bismarck, ND.  Registration Information

10/15-16 ------ The Permian Conference & Expo
The two-day show will be held in Midland, TX. The show is sponsored by the North American Shale magazine.  Registration Information

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