January 3, 2020
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

This week's Williston Wire features the Top 10 economic development stories from 2019. Enjoy!

Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda
#1 - First Flight lands at XWA; Thousands attend Grand Opening Events
Williston Economic Development (WED) helped organize events for the new Williston Basin International Airport's grand opening. The first flight landed on October 10, 2019. The Delta Airlines plane was piloted by a Williston native. The festivities included a live remote radio broadcast with Joel Heitkamp and city leaders and elected officials gave passengers commemorative "First Flight" coins. Prior to opening, WED helped organize Community and VIP Days at XWA.
#2 - WED earns Bronze Award from International Economic Development Council
WED received the Bronze Award for "Economic Development Week" project in the Innovation in Economic Development Week category from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  "It's always an honor when you are recognized by an organization such as IEDC. They are the gold standard in the economic development world," said Shawn Wenko.   News Release
#3 - Sloulin Redevelopment moves Forward; Copeland secures 40 Acres
As crews began to dismantle the former airport site, the city started to entertain offers for the sale of portions of Sloulin Field for redevelopment. The city received two bid for approximately 40 acres; one from Copeland Development and Construction Co, Inc. and another from Darwin Lindahl Architects with developer David Billion, owner of Williston Motors. Read More
#4 - Wenko named President of EDND Board 
WED Executive Director Shawn Wenko was named President of the Economic Development Association of North Dakota Board of Directors in 2019. The board includes four officers, three at-large members and two nonvoting associate members. Each member serves a two year term. EDND promotes the creation of new wealth across the state to develop more vibrant communities and improve quality of life.
#5 - Williston leads North Dakota in Flex PACE Incentives
The City of Williston awarded nearly $1.2 million in
STAR Fund incentives to 43 projects in 2019. These efforts leveraged almost $1.7 million in Bank of North Dakota (BND) matching dollars and $11.3 million in private investment.  "STAR Fund activity in 2019 indicates that economic interest in the region remains high," said Shawn Wenko, Williston Economic Development executive director.  Read More
#6 - Busted Knuckle, Hops and Berry, Cold Stone Creamery to open in Williston
The Williston City Commission approved STAR Fund financial incentives for several new restaurants and lounges including Busted Knuckle Brewery (pictured above), Hops & Berry, Slater's and Cold Stone Creamery in 2019. Hops & Berry, LLC is a new self-service beer and wine taproom in Downtown Williston featuring up to 46 craft beer selections, eight wines and limited food. News Release
#7 - WED launches Digital Community Guide
WED announced the launch of its new digital community guide. The purpose of the guide is to attract job seekers to Williston. The city has over 1,000 job openings listed at Job Service North Dakota. It also serves as a great resource for newcomers. The publication is located online at  http://community.willistonnd.com Businesses are encouraged to share the link on their websites. 
#8 - Wenko earns Chamber's Western Star Award
The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet on Friday, Jan. 18, recognizing individuals and businesses for their outstanding commitment to making the community a better place. Hundreds of guests filled the McCody Concrete building for the night's event. The Western Star Award was presented to WED Executive Director Shawn Wenko (pictured above). Annual Chamber Banquet
#9 - Williston Works Podcast celebrates Second Season
Williston Works Podcast Season 2 - Episode 11 - Flowcore Systems
Williston Works Podcast Season 2 - Episode 11 - Flowcore Systems
WED partnered with The Creative Treatment for the second year in a row to produce 12 Williston Works podcasts. The tapings were held July 9 and 10 at the Center for Development in Williston. Selected entrepreneurs were interviewed by WED Executive Director Shawn Wenko. Pictured above is Chuck Black from FlowCore Systems. 
#10 - WED employs Gonzaga Summer Interns
WED hired two summer interns from Gonzaga University (GU) in 2019. Rayce Vergets and Sarah Dobbler (pictured above with Shawn Wenko) spent their internships working on individual projects. The GU - Williston Summer Internship Program celebrated its 7th anniversary in 2019. The program has served more than 90 students from the Spokane-based university since it started in 2012.
Upcoming Williston Events
01/06 ------ Elwood Staffing Job Fair
Elwood Staffing hiring for Wire Harness Assembly Technicians. Apply at elwoodjobs.com . The job fair will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

01/09 ------ Williston Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
The meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. RSVP to rochelle@willistonchamber.com .

01/17 ------ Williston Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet
Chamber members will gather for an evening of fun, food, and networking at McCody Concrete.   Information

02/05 ------ 1 Million Cups
Support local entrepreneurs by attending the one-hour meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge. The presentations will feature Power Play Project and Innovate ND Project. Complimentary coffee will be provided by Roughneck Coffee. 

03/04 ------ 1 Million Cups
Support local entrepreneurs by attending the one-hour meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge. The presentations will feature Glow Tanning Spa & Salon and Dakota Business Lending. Complimentary coffee will be provided by Roughneck Coffee. 

04/01 ------ 1 Million Cups
Support local entrepreneurs by attending the one-hour meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge. The presentations will feature Cooks on Main and US Census. Complimentary coffee will be provided by Cooks on Main. 

05/04--08 ------ Economic Development Week
Join us as we celebrate the achievements of entrepreneurs at our awards banquet on Friday.
Upcoming Energy Events
01/07 ------ 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.  January Monthly Meeting

02/03-07 ------ NAPE Summit Week
NAPE is the oil and gas industry's marketplace for the buying, selling and trading of prospects and producing propertiesin Houston, Texas.  Information

02/08 ------ API Chili Cook-off
More details to be released soon. Click  here  for more information.

02/11-12 ------ Blockchain in Oil & Gas Canada Conference
The Canadian technological landscape is evolving at an exponential rate. Blockchain technology in particular is having an unprecedented impact, scross the oil and gas sector. The conference will be held in Calgary, Alberta.  Registration

02/18-19 ------ DUG Bakken and Rockies
An insightful examination into the technical advancements and logistical challenges affecting producers and operators across Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming. The conference and exhibition will be held in Denver, Colorado.  Registration

02/19-21 ------ 4C Conference
The Mission of the 4C Conference is to promote the latest Emissions Reduction Technology and Best Management practices in order to drive better Environmental Outcomes. The conference will be held in Austin, Texas. More Information

02/20-21 ------ North American Artificial Lift 2020
The exhibition and conference provides an opportunity for artificial lift systems providers and service companies to meet with shale operators in Houston, Texas. More Information

02/25-27 ------ International Petroleum Week 2020
Defining the industry's role, delivering a low carbon future. Transformation through innovation, technology and talent. To be held in London.   Registration

04/06-08 ------ DUG Permian Basin
The conference and exhibition will be held in Fort Worth, Texas.  Registration

05/19-21 ------ Williston Basin Petroleum Conference
The conference will feature speakers and a trade show in Bismarck, North Dakota. Click here for more information.
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