Dear Williston Wire Readers,
Nearly 150 economic developers from across the state were in Williston this week for their annual Economic Development of North Dakota Fall Conference. The three-day event included seminars and panel discussions, an awards ceremony, hands-on oil field training and some fun entertainment! 

A few pictures from the EDND Fall Conference: Board President Ellen Huber; ND Department of Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler; and the Small Communities Roundtable.

Thanks to everyone who visited our community! We hope you enjoyed your stay!

Barbara Peterson
Economic Development Conference recognizes 2017 Award Winners
Williston Economic Development

The winners of the 2017 EDND awards were honored Oct. 19 in Williston.
Projects in Dickinson, Hazen and West Fargo were honored at the Economic Development Association of North Dakota's Fall Conference in Williston Oct. 19. The winner of the 2017 Community Development Award was ABLE, Inc/Stark Development Corporation; Energy Capital  Cooperative Child Care/Hazen Community Development, earned the Project of the Year Rural Community Award; while Wex Health/City of West Fargo received the Project of the Year Urban Community Award. The winners of the 2017 Governor's Choice Community Economic Developer of the Year were Melissa Beach of Traill County EDC (rural community) and Matt Marshall of West Fargo (urban community). Congratulations to all of the winners!

EDND Fall Conference highlights Williston Airport Project
Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

David Tuan, Williston City Administrator, addresses questions during the Logistics of Airport Development panel and discussion. Williston Economic Development
Twice a year the state's economic developers gather for learning opportunities and a chance to share the ideas that are working in their communities. This time the meeting is in Williston, for the first time in five years. It drew 115 registrants, which Williston Economic Development Director Shawn Wenko, host for the event, believes is close to a record. "It is a pretty big deal to have this in Williston," Wenko said. "Obviously, a lot has changed since we last had it here, so getting everyone out here to see the changes and see how it has transformed is pretty important to us."  Read More

Area Businesses learn about Google's Get Your Business Online Program
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

Pamela Starr, Get Your Business Online Program and Ann Kvande, Williston Economic Development, prepare for Starr's presentation on Thursday. Williston Economic Development
About 75 business people attended the Get Your Business Online training.
About 75 small business owners got a chance to learn how to grow their businesses online during a 2-hour training session in Williston recently. Pamela Starr, a trainer for Google's Get Your Business Online program, shared techniques, tips and advice for attendees. She said the key to capturing potential new customers is being there for them when they have a so-called "moment;" for example, when they break their hair dryer and need a replacement. "When they have a moment, they pull out their smart phone, and you need to make sure you are there for them," said Starr. Read More
Millennials are Common Home Buyers in Williston
by Brooke Williams

Millennials are the nation's largest living population. So it's hardly a surprise they're making their presence known in the housing market. But where are they choosing to buy? It might be closer to home than you think. Raised in Williston, Joe Kemp spent seven years in Grand Forks before returning to the area. He closed on his home just two months ago. "When I moved back here, it immediately became obvious that there are certain advantages that come with going back to your hometown. You just have connections, you've got friends, you've got family. And my level of happiness just climbed immediately," says Kemp.   Read More

Dakota Access donates $20,000 to Williams and Mountrail Counties
Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

Representatives from Mountrail and Williams Counties accept $20,000 donations from Dakota Access. Williston Herald
Williams County Emergency Management Director Mike Smith has been raising money for a disaster medical assistance trailer. Tuesday, Oct. 17 he got another $20,000, this time from Dakota Access. Hess, Oasis and Burlington Northern Santa Fe have made donations totaling $40,000, bringing the total received so far to $60,000. An additional $25,000 has been pledged by other companies, though they won't be identified until their donation has been received. Smith is shooting for $100,000 total, and was pleased with the donation.  Read More
Western Dakota Energy Association to study Distribution of Oil and Gas Production Tax
Williston Herald
by Jamie Kelly

Williams County has agreed to help fund a study by the Western Dakota Energy Counties on the distribution of the state's oil and gas production tax.  
Williams County has agreed to fund part of a study on the distribution of the state's oil and gas production tax. Williams County commissioners unanimously agreed to the $7,500 expense during their regular meeting on Oct. 17. Officials in McKenzie, Mountrail and Dunn counties will be asked to contribute the same amount, Linda Svihovec of the environmental and engineering consulting group AE2S said.  The pending study, which will take a look at counties statewide with a focus on energy-producing areas is a result of a contract between AE2S and Western Dakota Energy Association. Read More

Williston Petroleum Banquet Nov. 17; Nominations sought for API Achievement Awards
News Release

The Williston Petroleum Banquet will be held in Williston on Friday, Nov. 17.
The 2017 Williston Petroleum Banquet will be held Friday, Nov. 17 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. The program will feature guest speaker Congressman Kevin Cramer and an awards ceremony. Go online for
Reservations. Nominations are still being sought for Achievement Awards.
STAR Fund accepting Community Enhancement Applications; Deadline Dec. 15
Williston Economic Development

The Community Enhancement program has helped support nonprofit events such as the annual Band Day Parade. Williston Economic Development
The Williston City Commission has approved up to $50,000 for the 2018 Community Enhancement program. The CE Program is funded by the one cent city sales tax through the Williston STAR Fund. 
The goal of the CE Program is to promote tourism and the economy, create jobs, and improve the better quality of life. Read More
Rough Rider Center to celebrate 1st Anniversary Oct. 21
By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

The Watford City Rough Rider Center will celebrate its 1st Anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 21. "We're going to be having a fun family event to celebrate our first year of being open," said Kylee Roff, business development manager. "We will be featuring Dueling Pianos by The Fun Pianos Show." The show will begin at 8 p.m. in the center's ballroom. Ticket prices are $50 per person. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer

Bowman to host Fusion Business Conference Nov. 1-2
News Release

We sometimes overlook the need to grow ourselves personally and professionally. FUSION will implement elements of personal and professional development into a day and a half event for community members, leadership, professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs.  The idea for this event started as a way to ignite an energy in a region that isn't often easily afforded the opportunity. Come get inspired, network, learn and grow!  Fusion Business Conference
Culver's is coming to Mandan
Bismarck Tribune

Culver's will locate on the former Bonanza property in Mandan, according to a city announcement. According to a post to the city Facebook page, Sammi and Harry Wu are the franchisees. The Mandan Architectural Review Commission approved plans to construct a new building for the restaurant.  Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
10/31 Trail of Treats
The Williston Downtowners Association will sponsor the annual Trail of Treats from 2:30-5:30 p.m.
11/03              Homecoming Celebration for Miss America
The celebration will include coronation of the new Miss North Dakota and public reception for Miss America Cara Mund. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Williston Visitor's Center.

11/10               CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Charity Ball
Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Annual Charity Ball featuring a dinner, silent and live auction, dancing and the Dueling Pianos performed by Deuces Wild! Charity Ball Ticket Information

12/08               Williston Economic Development Holiday Open House
Celebrate the Christmas season at 113 4th Street East from 5-8 p.m. There will be refreshments, hors d'oevres and door prizes.
Energy Events
11/01-02              Western Dakota Energy Association annual meeting 
The meeting will be held at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson.  Registration

11/06-07              Executive Oil Conference
Businesses active in the Permian Basin will gather in Midland, Texas for the conference. Conference Agenda

11/17                    Williston Petroleum Banquet
Tickets for the banquet may be purchased and reserved online. The featured guest speaker will be Congressman Kevin Cramer.

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

07/16-18               Bakken Conference and Expo
The Summer 2018 event will be held at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City.  
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