November 8, 2019
WILLISTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
NEWS & UPDATES
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

The City of Williston will be closed on Monday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda
Williston Public Works celebrates Ribbon Cutting and Open House
A ribbon cutting was held for the new $30 million, 96,000 square foot facility which now houses the City of Williston Public Works and Engineering departments.
Williston Herald - The new Williston Public Works facility had it's grand unveiling Wednesday, Nov. 6, as the city held the building's official ribbon cutting ceremony for the public. A large crowd filled the Larry Hanson Lunchroom, one of six rooms named after current and former Williston mayors, as Mayor Howard Klug and guests showed off the new facility. Read More
GNDC CEO Roundtable meets in Williston:  Oil Patch to play Key Role in Unmanned Aviation
The GNDC CEO Roundtable topic was transportation innovation. The forum included presentations on electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, traditional aviation, and the state's relatively recent Load Pass system. 
Williston Herald - North Dakota is leading the way on solutions for unmanned aviation, and the Oil Patch is going to play a key role in the effort. North Dakota has already placed its first beyond visual line of sight radar in the Red River Valley. But the second one is coming to the Oil Patch, according to Tommy Kenville, CEO of ISight RPV. Kenville was in Williston on Wednesday, Nov. 6, for the CEO Roundtable, put on by the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce. Read More
Oil Boom leads to New Airport in Williston
The Williston Basin International Airport celebrated its grand opening on October 10, 2019.
AirportImprovement.com - Booming. Surging. Growing. Like oil production in the Bakken formation, that's what is happening to communities in the northwest corner of North Dakota. In fact, a brand new $275 million airport, Williston Basin International (XWA), opened in October to keep up with the unprecedented economic expansion. The new airfield and terminal are located in Williston, a rapidly growing community 60 miles from the Canadian border and 18 miles from the Montana border. Read More
1 Million Cups features Entrepreneurs
The owners of Off the Hook and Uppercuts and VRkade presented at 1 Million Cups recently. The next meeting is December 4 at 8:30 a.m. in the Teton Lounge on the Williston State College campus. The community is invited to attend and support our local entrepreneurs.
Dickinson Firm invests in North Dakota Female Entrepreneurs
Dorothy "Dot" Henke shares her family's entrepreneurial journey at the 1 Million Cups event on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at The Stage at Island Park in Fargo. Dot and husband Randy were headed toward retirement when making some of her seasoned pretzels in 2011 led to an unexpected business adventure. Ann Arbor Miller / The Forum
Dickinson Press - Business is booming in North Dakota. A decade of high-octane oil production and the prosperity that came with it has helped position the Peace Garden State ahead of the pack in several economic categories and earned it a reputation as a haven for entrepreneurship. However, the rising tide has not floated all boats. The number of women-owned businesses in North Dakota has decreased over the last five years... The trend was troubling to Kodee Furst, so she and a few business partners started Annie Capital in 2018. The Dickinson-based firm coaches and invests in female entrepreneurs in the Dakotas. Read More
North Dakota Job Market remains Strong
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Minot Daily News - There's still plenty of jobs in oil country, and many of those jobs pay well. However, the high cost of living is a barrier to recruiting, according to Job Service North Dakota representatives who spoke at the Western Dakota Energy Association meeting in Minot Oct. 31.  Paula Hickel, manager of the Williston workforce center in the Northwest North Dakota Region, presented data from September that showed a demand for workers in Divide, Williams and McKenzie counties, particularly in transportation-related jobs. Read More
North Dakota Governor urges Maintaining Hours at Ports of Entry 
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As U.S. Customs and Border Protection is holding town hall meetings to discuss reducing its hours of operation at Antler, Carbury and Maida, Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement on Wednesday, urging the federal agency to maintain its schedule at the three North Dakota ports of entry.  "We are committed to maintaining the vital and convenient access between North Dakota and our neighbor and important economic partner, Manitoba," Burgum said. Read More
WSC releases Spring Schedules
News Release - In preparation for the upcoming spring semester, Williston State College has released its Spring and Summer 2020 course schedules today Monday, November 4. This marks the third year in a row that the spring and summer schedules have been released together. "Releasing the spring and summer schedules together was a change made to better serve our students," explained Kim Wray, Vice President for Academic Affairs. Read More 
Upcoming Williston Events
11/12 ------  City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 6 p.m. in the Williams County Commission Room located in the County Administrative Building.

11/26 ------ City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 6 p.m. in the Williams County Commission Room located in the County Administrative Building.

11/27 ------ Ribbon Cutting and Open House at Glo Tanning Spa & Salon
The ribbon cutting will be held at 1:30 p.m.at 120 26 th  Street East, Suite 300 . There will be refreshments and prizes.

11/28 ------ Thanksgiving
City of Williston offices will be closed.

11/29 ------ 25th Anniversary Holiday Lights Parade
The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce event will be held at 6 p.m. in Downtown Williston.  Parade Entry Form

11/30-12/31 ------  Spring Lake Park Holiday Lights Drive
Enjoy thousands of holiday lights in over 60 displays nightly from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

12/04 ------ 1 Million Cups
Support local entrepreneurs by attending the one-hour meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge. Complimentary coffee will be provided. 

12/05 ----- Williston Downtowners Holiday Stroll

12/06 ------ Holiday Open House
Williston Economic Development invites the community to its annual event from 5-8 p.m. at 113 4th St. E. (Williston Center for Development). Enjoy refreshments, networking and giveaways.
Upcoming Energy Events
11/13-14 ------ North Dakota Energy Conference and Expo 
The event  defines and details the trends and opportunities present in North Dakota's energy industries. To conference will be held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND.   Registration Information

11/15 ------ Williston Basin Petroleum Banquet
The Williston Basin Chapter API will host its annual awards and appreciation banquet.  Williston Basin Petroleum Banquet

11/18-19 ------ Oil States Job Fair
The hiring event will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. both days at the Job Service North Dakota Wiliston office.  Oil States Job Fair

12/03 ------  Williston Basin Chapter API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a social followed by dinner at 7 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel. December Monthly Meeting
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