Feb. 1, 2019
WILLISTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
NEWS & UPDATES
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

The CVB is leading an effort to raise funds for indoor playground equipment and large artwork for the new airport terminal. Donors will be recognized for their contributions. Call 701-774-9041 if you are interested in supporting the cause. The playground and artwork will help welcome people to Williston!

Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda
Group seeks Funds for Indoor Playground, Artwork for New Terminal
Click here  Airport Brochure to read more about the XWA Project.
Williston Economic Development - The Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau is leading a fund drive to purchase indoor playground equipment and sizeable artwork for the new airport terminal. The group is seeking to raise $2 million by March 31, 2019. The playground and artwork will bump up the overall ambiance of the new Williston Basin International Airport (XWA Project). 
"We are utilizing local, state and federal funding to build a $250 million terminal that will be architecturally stunning," said Williston City Commissioner Deanette Piesik. "We are seeking support from private donors to ensure the inside of the airport is on par with the exterior."  Read More      Airport Brochure
Trails Open House Feb. 12 in Williston
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News Release - The Williston Parks and Recreation District is excited to announce it will host an open house on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 4-7 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center to discuss plans for an expanded trails system and to recruit volunteers to serve on the Williston Trails Committee. The committee will assist WPRD and the City of Williston with improvements and further development of the Williston Trails System. For more information contact Jeremy Ludlum at jeremy@wprd.us or 701.774.9773.
Leadership Williston Project promotes Winter Activity; Ice Skate Rentals Now Available
Williston Economic Development - A Leadership Williston program is making it easier for families to give a popular winter sport a try a try. Ashley Krasicki started an ice skating rental business this winter to attract more people to the Pete Conlin Area. "When deciding to participate in the Leadership Williston program, I knew I wanted my project to bring skate rentals to the community," said Krasicki, Recreation Director at Williston Parks and Recreation District. "Parents no longer have to purchase expensive skates in order to enjoy this activity." Read More
Williston School District lobbies in Bismarck
Joanna Baltes, school board president for Williston Public School District No. 1, testifies before the House Education Committee in Bismarck on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Photo by  Iain Woessner, Forum News Service
Williston Herald - Several weeks into the session, several bills that would change how school buildings are funded, but none have made it out of committee and to a full vote yet. Joanna Baltes, school board president for Williston Public School District No. 1, was in Bismarck on Tuesday, Jan. 29, to testify before the House Education Committee in favor of House Bill 1525, which would use money from the state's Schools Common Trust Fund to pay for property tax relief and for building new schools. Baltes acknowledged that HB 1525 is a longshot, but said the board for District 1 wants to support any bill that would provide property tax relief and help fund new schools. Read More

Williams County School District to add on to Missouri Ridge School in 2019

The Williams County Public School District No. 8 is planning to add on to the Missouri Ridge School this year to accommodate rising enrollment.
Williston Herald - The Williams County Public School District No. 8 board approved moving forward with a third and final phase at Missouri Ridge School, which opened this fall. The school was originally approved by the board in March 2017 as a middle school to replace Stony Creek Middle School, an aging facility that sat on leased land. In January 2018, the board approved a second phase of construction as a step toward accommodating elementary school students at the site, as well. That addition is set to open in fall 2019. The third phase, approved Monday with a 5-0 vote, will cost about $2.2 million and bring the school's total capacity to 450 students. Read More

Sidney Chamber seeks New Director

S usan Joy has accepted a position with the Montana Chamber of Commerce in Helena, MT. Sidney Chamber photo
Sidney Herald - The Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture is in the market for a new executive director after Susan Joy announced her decision to step down recently. February 16 will be her last day. "I feel like the Chamber is in a real strong position right now," Laura Schieber, Chamber board president, said. "2018 was a highly successful year for us. I think we can contribute a lot of it to Susan's hard work, her organizational skills and her commitment to the community." Joy has served as executive director since July of 2017. She is leaving to take a position in Helena with the Montana Chamber of Commerce. Read More

WSC Adult Learning Center expands Services

News Release -  Williston State College's Adult Learning Center (ALC) has undergone some changes for the 2018-2019 academic year, including the introduction of two new staff. The two newest staff, Renee Gerard and Paul Jacobson, bring additional passion and energy to the ALC. Gerard, hailing from Pittsburgh, and Jacobson, a Williston native and WSC alumnus, both enjoy teaching and seeing their students succeed. Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
02/06 ------ 1 Million Cups
The community is invited to learn Wild Calf Coffee and Mineral Tracker at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College Teton Lounge. The event and coffee are free!

02/09 ------ All Fur Love
The MonDak Animal Rescue will host a fundraiser featuring a live and silent auction, dinner and dance at the Grand Williston Hotel. Tickets are $50. Call 701-577-7387 for reservations.
02/12 ------ Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
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. 
Upcoming Energy Events
02/09------ API Chili Cook-Off
Get the team together for the 38th annual  API Chili Cook-Off  at the Grand Williston Hotel! Doors open at 3 p.m. Slamabama plays at 4 p.m. Must be 21 years old to attend. Admission is $10.

02/11-15 ------ NAPE Summit Week
NAPE is the oil and gas industry's marketplace for the buying, selling and trading of prospects and producing properties. The event will be held in Houston, TX.  Registration Information

03/12 ------  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.

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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