May 11, 2018

Dear Williston Wire Readers,
Williston celebrated Economic Development Week with one event after the other! The activities centered around current and upcoming projects such as the Sloulin Field Redevelopment, continued retail and restaurant development, new attractions for Millennials and much more! Check out our Facebook page and website for all of the photos, videos and stories from the week-long celebration!

 Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda 

Williston Entrepreneurs, Businesses and Organizations earn Awards
Cindy Sanford was named the 2018 Ambassador of the Year on May 9 at the Grand Williston Hotel. The Creative Treatment
Williston Economic Development - Williston celebrated Economic Development Week by recognizing the achievements of seven individuals, businesses and organizations at the annual Small Business Development Center / Williston Economic Development Awards Banquet. The celebration was held on Wednesday, May 9 at the Grand Williston Hotel. The winner of the 2018 Ambassador of the Year Award received a standing ovation from the more than 250 attendees. Cindy Sanford, Customer Service Manager for Job Service in Williston, was brought to tears by the honor (despite her claim that she wasn't a "crier"). Read More
State of the City Address remembers Past, prepares for Future
KEYZ Radio provided a live coverage of the State of the City Address May 9 in Williston.
KEYZ Radio - Williston Mayor Howard Klug walked his audience both at the Grand Williston Hotel and over the radio waves down memory lane May 9 during his State of the City address, augmented by visual slides of "before and after" shots of the city, now and back in 2008. "As we keep moving forward it's going to work, we are committed to downtown," said the Mayor. "It's not only livable, but practical with shops, medical practices and living areas all within walking distance," he says. Read More
Gov. Burgum helps launch Sloulin Field Redevelopment Master Plan
Gov. Doug Burgum spoke to more than 200 people about the virtues of the Main Street Initiative and Sloulin Field Redevelopment project. Williston Economic Development 
News Release - City of Williston leaders presented the first look at the master plan for the Sloulin Field Redevelopment tonight, along with in-person support from North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum. The plan unveiled how City of Williston leaders, staff and Cardon Global integrated public opinion from previous meeting into future phases of the 800+ project. Read More
Price of Oil nears $70 per Barrel
Bloomberg - With breakthroughs in drilling technology reducing costs and crude oil prices near $70 a barrel, wells in North Dakota are turning into cash cows. The cost of getting oil and gas to the surface in North Dakota's Bakken field has fallen, recently hitting $41 to $50 a barrel for the top-quartile wells in the region, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance reportRead More
ND Leaders visit Williston State College, TrainND
About 80 WSC students gathered in the Teton Lounge to meet with Gov. Doug Burgum, Dr. Jerry Miller and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford May 8. Williston Herald
KUMV-TV - North Dakota leaders made a visit to Williston State College to listen to students and staff and get their ideas on his Main Street Initiative. "It's important for the governor to not only hear our story and to find out what the needs are, but also to see the community and the college and the sort of things we do and what we're about," said John Miller, Williston State College president/VP of academic affairs. Read More     Williston Herald: ND's top Leaders Tour WSC Campus
High School Students share Main Street Initiative Ideas
Williston Mayor Howard Klug, Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, Gov. Doug Burgum and city and state staff tour Downtown Williston on their way to the Main Street Initiative discussion at Renaissance on Main. Williston Economic Development
Williston Herald - Hayden Kemp and his fellow student colleagues had a few things to say to Gov. Doug Burgum while he was in town for the Main Street roundtable talk. Kemp is a Williston High School student who was invited to participate in the high level discussion, which also featured many community and business leaders and five other students from WHS and Trinity Christian School.   Read More
Shopping, Dining Trends discussed at Retail Summit
Williston Economic Development executive director Shawn Wenko welcomed about 50 people to the Retail Summit on May 9. Williston Economic Development
Williston Herald - Retail is not dead, it's just changing. That was the sentiment prevalent at the Williston Retail Summit May 9 at the Grand Williston Hotel. With the explosion of new growth the need for more retail grows as well. A panel of city leaders and local business people convened to discuss the challenges of bringing new businesses in, and the options available to overcome such hurdles. One obstacle in particular was mentioned repeatedly throughout the summit: cost. Read More
WPRD named Finalist for Gold Medal Award
Six Grand Plaque recipients will be announced live at the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sept. 25-27.
News Release - The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association , is pleased to announce Williston Park & Recreation District as a finalist for the 2018 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Read More
Anytime Fitness to open in Sidney's Former JCPenney Store
The owner of the Anytime Fitness in Williston is working to lease space for a fitness center in Sidney.
Sidney Herald - The building where JC Penney made its home in Sidney will not be empty much longer. Roger Byer, owner of the building, said he is in negotiations with Anytime Fitness to lease the property. The lease agreement was mailed on Friday. Byer believes other nearby businesses will benefit having Anytime Fitness open. Read More
New Oxygen Spa opens in Sidney
Heather Keenan has opened a new oxygen spa located in downtown Sidney. 
Roundup - Serenity Oxygen Spa is now open in the lower level of  Yellowstone  Marketplace in downtown Sidney. Owner Heather Keenan is excited about offering oxygen along with aromatherapy to help a myriad of different conditions. "I developed Serenity Oxygen Spa because I am committed to listening to the needs of our community and to providing a wellness spa to meet both the physical and mental wellness of my clients." Read More
CornerPost to celebrate Grand Opening May 12 in Watford City
McKenzie County Farmer - The CornerPost opened March 19, 2018, near the intersection of 4th Ave. NE, N.D. Highway 1806 and the U.S. Highway 85 bypass. Since that day, the store has been bustling with activity. To celebrate both the opening of the CornerPost, and the customers that keep it going, the store will host a Grand Opening Celebration this coming Saturday, May 12.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Upcoming Williston Events
05/11------Downtowners Member Meeting
The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. in the Downtowner's Office located at 119 E. Broadway.

05/11------Williston State College Commencement Ceremony
WSC's commencement ceremony will held at 10 a.m. in the Well with Representative Gary Sukut speaking to over 150 graduates. News Release

05/11------Destiny Med Spa Grand Opening
A ribbon cutting will kick off the grand opening at 4 p.m. at 1415 W. Dakota Parkway, Suite 3B. The grand opening will continue until 8 p.m. with giveaways, demonstrations, entertainment and refreshments.  

05/12 ------Band Day Parade & Festival
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center and end at Harmon Park. There will be fun activities going on throughout the day and night. More Information

06/06 ------ 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.
07/10-12 ------ ND Water Resource Districts Association's Summer Meeting
The 2018 North Dakota Water Resource Districts Association's annual summer meeting will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.
Upcoming Energy Events
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

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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