Leading the state in taxable sales percentage increase

McKenzie County taxable sales and purchases increased 30.4% when comparing the recently released 2019Q2 to 2018Q2. Watford City's percentage increase over the same period came in at 35.6%--the the highest percentage increase of all cities in North Dakota.
Stimulating single family housing development

In an effort to stimulate single family housing supply, the McKenzie County Job Development Authority launched their Housing Development Subsidy program earlier this summer. The program provides up to a $50,000 subsidy for a new single family home that meets the program's specifications. Since launching, 6 houses have been accepted into the program. Funding remains for at least an additional 14 more.
Leadership training to be offered in Nov

Training for aspiring, elected and appointed leaders serving on boards, councils and committees is coming to McKenzie County. This training, facilitated by staff from NDSU Extension, is developed to help prepare folks to be better prepared to serve their community. It covers topics such as parliamentary procedure, conflict negotiation, and personality styles. For more information see flyer and informational brochure. The cost for the one-day course is $75. It will be held on Tuesday, November 12 from 9am-4pm. To register contact NDSU Extension.

Financial assistance for participants may be available for those currently serving or looking to serve on a local government/nonprofit board in McKenzie County. For more information contact Daniel Stenberg at dstenberg@co.mckenzie.nd.us or 701-444-7419.
October economy at a glance now available

The October Economy at a Glance for Watford City and McKenzie County is now available. Some data of note:
  • McKenzie County Labor Force remains the highest ever at 10,353

  • Online job openings is also the highest ever at 489
ConocoPhillips grants $100,000 to emergency management

McKenzie County is needing to transition to an updated statewide communications system to improve response capabilities for first responders in our region. ConocoPhillips has stepped up with a $100,000 grant to help aid that project. This year, ConocoPhillips has granted nearly $375,000 towards area projects.
New, expanded office and additional dentist

Legendary Smiles, a dental practice in Watford City has added an additional dentist and is now open in a new office located at 361 N Main Street, Watford City. To celebrate, they are hosting an open house on Friday, November 1 from 11am-1pm.
Evening with ND Legislators

Western Region Economic Development is hosting an event for constituents of western North Dakota (Districts 1, 2, 4, 39) to network with legislators. The event will be held on November 18, from 5:30-8:30pm at the Williston Grand Hotel. RSVP here.
Halloween in Arnegard

The Arnegard booster club will be hosting a Halloween Pary, October 27 from 3-5pm at the Arnegard Rural Fire Department located at 307 133rd Ave NW.

Prizes will be awarded for best dressed.

College Hockey coming back to Rough Rider Center

The University of Mary will be taking on Williston State College once again for a men's hockey matchup at the Rough Rider Center on Saturday, October 26 at 7pm.
Alexander Public School Foundation Night Out

Dinner, auction, live music and dancing are all being planned for the Alexander Public School Foundation's Fall Harvest Night Out. Proceeds go towards furthering the education of Alexander students. The event runs from 6:30-midnight on November 15 at the Alexander Fire Hall.
Open Mic

Musicians, poets, singers and others will be sharing their talents at the first ever Long X Arts Foundation-sponsored Open Mic Night at the Door 204 coffee shop on main street Watford City. Performances start at 6:30pm on Thursday November 7. Sign up at the Door 204 coffee shop to reserve a time slot for the evening.
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