Dear Williston Wire Readers,


Williston Economic Development hosted the Williston Area Real Estate Summit this week. Williston Mayor Howard Klug shared the latest concepts for the Sloulin Field Redevelopment project which includes a convention center with attached hotel, outdoor amphitheater, museum, school, single family housing and much more! Watch for a public input meeting to be held in 2018 as additional concepts are discussed.

Barbara Peterson
Public invited to 2017 City of Williston Christmas Tree Lighting Nov. 29
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

Williston Public Works, Borsheim Crane and Basin Trucking helped cut and move the 2017 City of Williston Christmas Tree on Thursday, Nov. 16. This is the third consecutive year that a Williston homeowner has donated a tree. The public is invited to the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of 26th St. and 2nd Ave. W. If anyone would like to donate ornaments suitable for a 45-foot tree, they can drop them off at the Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau at 113 4th St. E. or Williston Public Works at 809 5th St. E.
Williston City Commission approves $40,000 in STAR Fund Grants
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

The Farmers Market is one of the Williston Downtowners Association's annual events held each summer. The Creative Treatment
The Williston City Commission has approved STAR Fund grants totaling $40,000 for two Williston organizations. The commission allocated $15,000 to the Williston Downtowners Association (WDA) and $25,000 to Summit Counseling Services at its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14. WDA will utilize its funds for 2018 operational costs while Summit Counseling will use its grant to add more therapists and office space. Read More
Williston Real Estate Experts optimistic about Future
Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

Dr. John Miller, President of Williston State College, was a panelist at the Williston Area Real Estate Summit. Miller said they have about 3,000 students enrolled at WSC and TrainND. Looking on is Keith Olson, Small Business Development Center executive director and David Tuan, City of Williston administrator. Williston Economic Development
Last year, when Williston hosted the  Williston Area Real Estate Summit, moderator Tim Fisher asked his panel of realtors to sum up the market with one word. A downturn was in full swing, and the nation was headed into an election that was uncertain. The answer was neutral across the board. This year, however, the vote was different altogether, and it was very strongly for optimism about the future of Williston's economic development.  The panelists were Mike Elliott with Energy Real Estate Solutions, Tate Cymbaluk with GRI Basin Brokers and also a Williston City Commissioner, and Chance Lindsey with CBRE, a commercial real estate firm. Read More

Economic Development shares Marketing App with Williston-based Small Businesses
Williston Economic Development

Williston Economic Development Executive Director Shawn Wenko shows a group of small business people how to utilize the LSMx app. The marketing app helps businesses reach their new and existing customers. Williston Economic Development
About a dozen small business owners and managers gathered at Williston Economic Development (WED) Tuesday, Nov. 14, to learn about a new marketing concept called LSMx (Local Store Marketing powered by Buxton). The marketing app tells businesses exactly where their customers are located and allows them to send smart, customized messages within minutes. WED has about 10 more LSMx subscriptions to give to Williston area businesses. Call 701-577-8110 or email to reserve one today.  Video Link

Coffee with Klug: Williston seeks Collaborations with UAS Industry
KEYZ Radio

George Kirov, General Manager, Commercial UAS Solutions Harris Corporation, spoke to stakeholders at the Williston Regional Economic Development board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16. Williston Economic Development
Williston Mayor Howard Klug says the City of Williston continues to look for ways to sustain the momentum of it's oil and ag-based economies. He wants Williston via the Economic Development department to lead the way in drone applications in both ag and petrochemical development. "And we're working with an individual out of Florida to put the infrastructure in place there so that Williston will be a place those kind of things can be located," says Klug. Drones are here to stay and they help businesses in sprawling rural areas like northwest North Dakota keep on eye on their operations, be it farming, oil rigs and pipelines.  Read More

Williston Enplanements rise Slightly in October
KEYZ Radio

Enplanements for almost all North Dakota airports were down in October except for Williston and Dickinson. That's according to the latest stats from the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. Williston Airport Director Anthony Dudas tells News Radio this is in direct correlation with the upturn in Oil activity. "We are seeing strong numbers at the Williston Airport supported by our local economy here and the regional economic outlook. We're hoping to continue that moving forward and we'll be working to see if we can get additional flights in next spring, possibly if these numbers continue through the winter," says Dudas. Read More

Finalists for Williston API Achievement Awards announced; Banquet Nov. 17
News Release

The Williston API Achievement Awards celebrate the many positive contributions and accomplishments of the oil and gas industry throughout the Williston Basin. The three awards to be presented include Industry Innovation, Community Service and Outstanding Achievement. Winners will be presented with their award during the sixth Annual Williston Petroleum Banquet. Read More

City of Williston reorganizes Building Safety, Planning and Zoning
Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

Williston is creating a new position that will bring its planning and zoning, building inspections and code enforcement departments together, making it a more seamless process for developers. The concept is similar to what Williams County is already using for the services that developers often use. The position was discussed during Tuesday night's Williston City Commission meeting, although the city had actually already announced it was hiring for the new position last week. Read More

Vision West North Dakota earns Prestigious Bush Award
News Release
Bush Prize winners receive a package that includes promotional support and materials, and an unrestricted grant equal to 25 percent of the organization's prior fiscal year budget, up to $500,000.
The Bush Foundation today awarded the 2017 Bush Prize for Community Innovation to seven organizations with a track record of making great ideas happen. One of the winners is Vision West North Dakota. The consortium was launched to address growth challenges related to the region's burgeoning energy sector three years ago. VWND brings communities together to develop sustainable, community-based solutions to regional issues. Read More 

Targa Badlands donates $250,000 to New McKenzie County Medical Facilities
McKenzie County Farmer
by Neal A. Shipman

Representatives of Targa Badlands presented a $250,000 check to construct the Pre-Operative Surgical Suite at McKenzie County Healthcare Systems in Watford City.
Targa Badlands, one of the largest independent midstream companies in North Dakota, has become the latest company to help with the fundraising efforts to construct the McKenzie County Healthcare Systems Inc.'s new medical facilities. Representatives of Targa Badlands presented a $250,000 check to construct the Pre-Operative Surgical Suite, a critical area that will provide for the patient's needs prior to going into surgery. "This new facility is a significant undertaking, and on behalf of our employees and their families who will benefit from the peace of mind in knowing that such a capable facility is located close by, we want to say thank you," stated David Low, Targa area manager." For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer

Watford City may ask Voters to remove $25 Sales Tax Cap on City Purchases
McKenzie County Farmer

Watford City is considering a vote to remove a $25 sales tax cap which would allow more dollars to flow to its Rough Rider Fund.
Two years after Watford City voters overwhelming approved increasing the city sales tax to 1½ percent, the Watford City City Council could ask voters in June to make a change that would remove the $25 cap on purchases. "When the city sales tax was increased a half a cent in 2014, we decided to leave the cap in place," stated Justin Voll, city mayor. "We were naive as to what leaving that cap in place would mean to the Rough Rider Fund." According to Voll, contractors and other large purchasers have been taking advantage of that cap which has resulted in significant refunds from the Rough Rider Fund. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer

Visit Minot considers Food and Beverage Tax to counter Revenue Shortfall
Visit Minot is considering ways to offset a recent revenue shortfall, including a one percent tax on food and beverage.
Members of Visit Minot's board of directors discussed a potential one percent food and beverage tax that they plan to propose to the city council. The board is looking for ways to counter a recent revenue shortfall. The proposal is still in the making and Board President Joel Feist says it will still take a couple more months to make perfect. "Most of the organizations that you bring into the community for events and stuff, they're always looking for funding. We're trying to determine the various levels of funding we need to make that possible," said Feist. Read More

Upcoming Williston Events
11/18                Veterans Benefit Dinner
A free dinner and concert will be held from 3-6:30 p.m. at the Old Armory in Williston. Space is limited and tickets are required; veterans may pick them up at the Williams County Veteran's Service Office at 302 E. Broadway.
11/22               City of Williston Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
The annual lighting of the City of Williston Christmas tree will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of 2nd Ave. W. and 26th St. The public is invited to attend.
11/24               Holiday Lights Parade
Celebrate the start of the holiday season at the Holiday Lights Parade. The parade runs from the New Armory to Harmon Park beginning at 6 p.m. All float entries must be lighted. For more information contact the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce at 701-577-6000.

11/25               Small Business Saturday
Nov. 25 is the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Shoppers are encouraged to buy goods and services from their locally owned independent retailers.

11/25-12/31    The Spring Lake Park Holiday Lights Drive
The 2017 Holiday Lights Drive will feature about 60 lighted displays and numerous activity nights such as Photos With Santa, Craft Nights, Science Guy Nights and more. For more information contact the Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau at 701-774-9041.
12/02               Free Pictures with Santa
Santa is coming to CHI St. Alexius Health Williston! Bring the kids to have their picture taken with Mr. Clause from 1-3 p.m.

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

12/5                     Williston Basin Chapter API monthly meeting
The meeting will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel in the Lewis & Clark/Roosevelt Room beginning with the social at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.
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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