Nov. 9, 2018
WILLISTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
NEWS & UPDATES
Dear Williston Wire Readers,
 
The City of Williston will observe Veteran's Day on Monday, Nov. 12. We praise the American veterans who have served our country honorably during both war and peacetime. 
 
 Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda
Leadership Williston Class tours Center for Development, XWA
Mark Schneider, Director of Development Services, announced Boot Barn is moving into the former Sears location in Williston. Williston Economic Development
Williston Economic Development -  The 2018-19 Leadership Williston class discovered what happens at the Center for Development, XWA Airport and Williams County offices this week. The students toured each of the facilities and met with administrators as part of their eight-month training. Leadership Williston is sponsored by the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce. The program is designed to cultivate future leaders. Read More
Exhale Yoga, School Bond Referendum discussed at 1 Million Cups
Williston Economic Development - 1 Million Cups Williston featured Joanna Baltes, Williston Public School District School Board President, and Kari Hauge, owner of Exhale Yoga and Wellness. Also pictured is Kayla Lounsbury, yoga instructor at Exhale Yoga. Baltes detailed the $60 Million School Bond Referendum while Hauge shared how she started her hot yoga studio in Williston. The videos of their presentations will be released soon on the 1 Million Cups Williston website and social media pages. The next 1MC meeting is December 5 at 8:30 a.m. in the Teton Lounge.
EDND seeks $20 Million Scholarship Fund to attract Students for Jobs in High Demand
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The Economic Development Association of North Dakota is looking at ways to fulfill job openings in selected trade areas.
Williston Herald - Many of the state's 14,000-plus openings require a lot of skill and pay well. What they don't necessarily require is a four-year degree. That has prompted consideration of a bill proposed by the Economic Development Association of North Dakota, that would create a scholarship fund of $20 million to encourage students to seek certification programs in areas that have been identified as a critical need. Rep. Patrick Hatlestad and Sen. Brad Bekkedahl both sit on the interim taxation committee, which reviewed a draft of the proposal recently. Read More
Devils Lake unveils New Workforce Training Program
Brad Barth is Executive Director of Forward Devils Lake. Devils Lake Journal
Devils Lake Journal - Forward Devils Lake Corporation has introduced a new Skilled Workforce Recruitment and Retention Program to serve one of the most pressing needs in this community. Forward Devils Lake Corporation has introduced a new Skilled Workforce Recruitment and Retention Program to serve one of the most pressing needs in this community. Read More
Mogren's Rustic Creations opens in Downtown Plaza
A new business is open in the Downtown Plaza in Downtown Williston.
Williston Economic Development - Mogren's Rustic Creations has opened in the Downtown Plaza in Downtown Williston. The boutique specializes in handmade rustic signs, furniture and other misc. pieces. They also offer DIY paint parties to make unique home d├ęcor and bouquets.
Bride to Be and More reopens at Renaissance on Main
Bride to Be and More is under new ownership and opening in a new  location in Downtown Williston. Williston Economic Development
Williston Herald -  A new owner and a new location are giving a longtime local business a fresh start. Bride To Be and More is  preparing to open in the Renaissance on Main building. The new owners are Falon Justice and Mary Schroeder. Justice has been working for nearly a year to acquire the business. 
McKenzie County School District sets School Bond Vote Jan. 8
McKenzie County Public School District voters will go to the polls Jan. 8 to determine the fate of a new elementary school.
McKenzie County Farmer - Following last month's decision by the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 School Board to move forward with their plans to build a new elementary school in Watford City to meet its growing student numbers, the board took the next step in making the school a reality as they set Jan. 8, 2019 as the date for a special election, which will allow school district patrons an opportunity to vote on two separate ballot issues. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
EGT purchases Busch Ag Grain Elevator near Sidney
EGT has invested more than $200 million building a state-of-the-art export grain terminal in Longview, Washington-the first to be constructed in the U.S. in 25 years. EGT, LLC website photo
News Release - EGT, LLC, a joint venture between Bunge North America and ITOCHU, announced that it has purchased a grain elevator in Sidney, Montana from Busch Agricultural Resources, LLC, a division of A-B InBev, N.V. "Purchasing the Sidney elevator strengthens our origination capability in support of our export terminal in Longview, Washington," said Adam Johnson, president & CEO, EGT. "The facility is located in a key draw area for wheat, particularly spring wheat, which is experiencing increasing demand."   News Release
Women's Day Nov. 10 in Watford City
McKenzie County Farmer -  Dr. Mary Aaland, trauma surgeon and director for the North Dakota Rural Surgery Support Program, is presenting at this year's McKenzie County Healthcare Systems Women's Day on Nov.10. Aaland's presentation will focus on two things: colon cancer prevention and how to pack wounds. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
MonDak Ag Research Summit Nov. 14 in Sidney
AgWeek -  The second annual MonDak Ag Research Summit will be held Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mountain Time at the Richland County Event Center in Sidney. The event is a collaboration of North Dakota State University Williston Research Extension Center, Montana State University Eastern Agricultural Research Center, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory in Sidney.   Read More
NDDOT to discuss Improvements to ND 1804 and 7th Ave E Nov. 15 in Williston
News Release -  A Public Input Meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 at McVay Elementary School, 420 University Avenue, Williston, ND 58801. The purpose of the Public Input Meeting is to discuss proposed alternatives for intersection improvements including a potential intersection reconfiguration or installation of a roundabout at the ND-1804 intersection with 7th Avenue E in Williston. Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
11/12 ------ City of Williston Offices Closed
City of Williston offices will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day.
  
11/13 ------ Williston City Commission
The Williston City Commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall.

11/22 ------ Thanksgiving
City of Williston offices will be closed Nov. 22-23 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

11/23 ------ Williston Area Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights
The annual event will be held on Main Street beginning at 6 p.m. Contact the Chamber to register your parade entry featuring the theme 'Christmas Carols.' 

11/24 ------ Small Business Saturday
Shop small and support your local businesses.

11/29  ------ A Magical Medora Muscial
The 2018 tour is coming to Willston High School at 7:30 p.m. F
ive legendary Medora performers will be featured in the family-friendly Holiday Show.  Tickets are available at the CVB. 
12/05 ------ 1 Million Cups
The community is invited to support and learn about business startups in Williston. The free one hour meeting runs from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge on the Williston State College campus.

12/07 ------ Williston Economic Development Holiday Open House
The community is invited to join Williston Economic Development for some holiday cheer as we celebrate the past and look forward to 2019! The open house will run from 5-8 p.m. at 113 4th Street East (Williston Center for Development building).

12/07-08 ------ Holiday Stroll
T he Holiday Stroll will begin Friday evening with hot toddies, shopping, s'mores and food while Saturday will feature pictures with Santa and kids activities!    
 
Upcoming Energy Events
11/13 ------ Kinder Morgan Job Fair
The hiring event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Job Service in Williston. Kinder Morgan Flyer

11/15 ------ Halliburton Open for Walk-in Applications
Apply online. Applications will be accepted from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Halliburton Flyer
 
11/16  ------ API Awards Banquet
Williston Petroleum Banquet and Achievement Awards at Grand Williston Hotel with social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and program. Comedian Joey DeBoer to highlight event. Ticket Information

12/04 ------ Williston Basin Chapter API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel with the social beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m.

02/10 ------ API Chili Cook-Off
Get the team together for the 38th annual  API Chili Cook-Off!

07/16-17 ------ Bakken Conference & Expo
The expo is billed as a premier North Dakota Oil Shale event. The two-day show will be held in Bismarck, ND.
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