May 3, 2019
WILLISTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
NEWS & UPDATES
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

Williston Economic Development and the Small Business Development Center invite the community to their annual awards and appreciation banquet on Friday, May 10 from 6-10 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel. 

The following are nominated for WED awards:
Regional Project - AE2S, AGT Foods and JE Dunn
Community Partnership  -- Bras for a Cause, Williston Chamber Leadership Williston Program and Williston Community Builders/Friendly Faces
Ambassador - Ken Callahan, Mark McGinley and Patrick and Tammy Sogard
Icon - All Seasons Sport About, McCody Concrete Products and Scenic Sports & Liquor

The following will be recognized by the SBDC: 
New Business - FlowCore Systems
Woman-Owned Business - Fresh Palate
Existing Business - Creedence Energy Services
Lender of the Year - Justin Voll, First International Bank & Trust in Watford City

Reserve your tickets today at events.willistondevelopment.com!

Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda
Williston to celebrate National Economic Development Week May 6-10
Williston Economic Development - Williston Economic Development (WED) will celebrate National Economic Development Week May 6-10. Events and activities will recognize the significance of positive economic development and explain the role of the profession in the Williston community. "IEDC Week provides us the opportunity to educate the public on who we are, what we do, and the value that this office can bring towards the growth of the community and region," said Williston Economic Development Executive Director Shawn Wenko. Read More


Williston leads State in 2018 Taxable Sales Increases
KUMV-TV interviews Williston Economic Development Executive Director Shawn Wenko about Williston's strong showing in the recent taxable sales and purchases report issued by the North Dakota Tax Department.
KUMV-TV - The state taxable sales report released on May 29 ranked Williston second to Fargo among North Dakota's 200 largest cities.  Williston sales were up 26 percent from 2017 to 2018, making it the second highest taxable sales city in the state at $1.56 billion. Those numbers don't surprise Shawn Wenko, executive director of the Economic Development Office.  "People who are looking at expanding their business, or coming to Williston, or starting a new business, that's a big indicator of the economy is like here, so they can see a lot of benefit through these numbers," said Wenko.  Wenko says Williston's economy is trending up, and he's expecting a solid summer of sales. Read More
Williston's Economy continues to Strengthen
KX News - North Dakota's economy showed strength last year based on taxable sales figures released by the state this week. Sales were up 12.5% in 2018 from the previous year. In Williston, economic development leaders are happy to see that Williams County has jumped ahead of Burleigh County for the number two spot in taxable sales in the state.  The roller coaster ride that is the oil economy appears back on the upswing in North Dakota.   Read More
Williston ranks No. 1 in North Dakota in Up and Coming Housing Markets
KUMV-TV - Williston has been named as the winner of the 2019 Insurify Best Up and Coming Housing Markets Award for North Dakota. Insurify.com names the top city in almost every state, looking at metrics such as relative increase in Home Value Index since 2009, Home Value forecasts, current year-over-year median sales price trends, and total building permits issued in 2018 as recorded by the National Association of Home Builders. Read More
Williston seeks to ease Day Care Crisis
KUMV-TV - Parents in Williston are going through a Daycare Crisis, with the city in critical need of licensed providers. There are currently only 25 in Williams County according to the area's Social Services Daycare Licenser Kathleen Molland. Owner and Director of Happy Families Daycare, Janie Cox, says they are currently booked through 2020, and will have 35 children starting this fall. Read More

WSC Students present Mock Grant Request to Williston STAR Fund Board
Williston State College students and the Williston STAR Fund board held a mock meeting recently. Williston Economic Development
Williston Economic Development - The Williston STAR Fund Board of Directors held a mock board meeting with students from Williston State College recently. The students, members of Professor Steven Grunenwald's introduction to professional writing class, presented a mock proposal for the STAR Fund's Community Enhancement Grant Program. The proposal was for three separate projects that would enhance the quality of life in Williston: a portable miniature golf course, 10-station fit trail and a frisbee golf course.
Volunteers help Clean Up Williston
Williston Economic Development - Hundreds of volunteers helped clean up Williston on Saturday, April 27. Pictured above are crews from Creedence Energy Services (left) and Bakken Baptist Church (right). The clean up event is traditionally held two weeks before Band Day/Mother's Day weekend. 
Williston Native named New Chamber President
Rachel Richter Lordemann has been named the new President of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce (WACC) has named Rachel Richter Lordemann as the organization's new President, effective April 26th. 
Richter Lordemann has served as the Member Relations & Communication Manager for the WACC since May 2017.  "I am grateful for the opportunity to grow my career with the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce," said Richter Lordemann. "I look forward to serving my hometown and will work hard to advocate for our members and continue to unite our business community."  Richter Lordemann is a Williston native, and a graduate of the University of North Dakota. She  can be reached at 701.577.6000 or rachel@willistonchamber.com .

PSC approves ONEOK's $125 Million Pipeline Project

AP - North Dakota regulators have approved a siting permit for a natural gas liquids pipeline project in McKenzie County.  The Public Service Commission says in a release that ONEOK Bakken Pipeline, LLC, will build the 77-mile long pipeline that will start at the company's natural gas processing plant in McKenzie County and connect with another pipeline in Richland County, Montana. Read More

Ground Breaking Ceremony held for New Watford City Elementary School

The community of Watford City celebrated the ground breaking ceremony for the new elementary school on Thursday, May 2. Voters passed a bond and mill levy increase to build the school for growing enrollment earlier this year. The elementary school will be capable of accommodating up to 600 students.
McKenzie County Population nears 14,000
McKenzie County Farmer - While the U.S. Census Bureau is estimating that McKenzie County's population in 2018 was 13,632 people, some local officials are saying that the estimate is too low. "I think that based on our numbers of addresses in the county, McKenzie County's population is closer to 20,000 to 25,000 people," states Daniel Stenberg, McKenzie County Job Development Authority director. "We are definitely not a normal growth community that their factors take into consideration."  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Two Sidney Businesses celebrate Partnership
Kayla Hilburn and Michaela Lofthus met each other in a group on Facebook and are now helping each other out. Roundup Photo
Roundup - April 1, 2019 two businesswomen operating two different businesses decided to help each other out and brought good, homemade baked goods and BBQ to SidneySimply Scrumptious and Hilburn's BBQ remain two separate businesses run by two different people; but their collaboration has blessed both of them. Hilburn's BBQ and Simply Scrumptious are part of the Montana Made and Taste my Place programs.  Read More
Fairview Super Valu to celebrate Remodel May 7
Laura and Tim Neu own Neu's Super Valu in Fairview. Roundup Photo
Roundup - Tim and Laura Neu purchased the Super Valu store in Fairview from Bill and Marilyn Huft four years ago and next Tuesday, May 7, they will host their 4th Anniversary Renovation open house and Fairview Showcase from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Neus have a lot to celebrate right now. The store has undergone a complete facelift and has more of a country look now that the year long renovations have been completed. Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
05/06-07 ------ Shrine Circus
The 88th Shrine Circus will be held at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Raymond Family Community Center.

05/08 ------ 1 Million Cups
The community is invited to 1MC at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College Teton Lounge. The featured businesses will be Deja Brew Coffee and Elite Designz!

05/09 ------ State of the City Address
The community is invited to Williston Mayor Howard Klug's annual address and free lunch at the Grand Williston Hotel from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

05/14 ------ City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

05/27 ----- Williston Boys Baseball Golf Tournament
A fundraiser for baseball programs in Williston. Four person scramble to be  held at Municipal Golf Course.  Read More

06/21 ------ CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Golf Tournament
The four-person scramble tournament will be held at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club. Call 701-774-7404 for more details.
Upcoming Energy Events
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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