Skills Initiative Launches

An initiative of the McKenzie County Job Development Authority, the McKenzie County Skills Initiative brings together the University of Mary, Williston State College, TrainND Northwest and the North Dakota Small Business Development Center at the Rough Rider Center to provide more workforce development and training opportunities for community members.

Read more about the initiative at this Associated Press article that was picked up by dozens of news outlets:  Initiative aims for more stable workforce in oil patch
Wall Street Journal Profiles Watford City

WSJ reporter Erin Ailworth spent the better part of a week in the Bakken, including a day in Watford City for a story assignment. In addition to touring the city, seeing the oil industry first hand, she got a chance to meet many Bakken workers that were attending the free lunch at Home of Economy's Gator Party.

Read her Wall Street Journal article here: Bakken Shale Gets Past the Bust
  Watford City Job Fair
On June 14, fifty employers met with eager job seekers at the first ever Watford City Job Service North Dakota Job Fair at the Rough Rider Center. Oilfield, hospitality, finance, and government jobs were all being showcased. The fair was declared a success.

See Williston Herald article: Bakken oil is back, hungrier than ever

Economy at a Glance Updated

The Economy at a Glance has been updated for June.  Click the image to  view this monthly report.
Showcasing western hospitality

Folks from throughout the region got to experience McKenzie County hospitality over the past month. Some of those visitors include the 2017 ND County Auditors & Treasurers Association Convention; North Dakota Cattlewomen State Convention and the North Dakota Stockman's Association District Spring Roundup. The Rough Rider Center and our many hotel and restaurant options are continuing to help us welcome folks from near and far!

Check out the upcoming events listed on our community calendar like the McKenzie County Fair on July 5-7.