September 25, 2020
WILLISTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
NEWS & UPDATES

Dear Williston Wire Readers

The Main Street ND Summit will be held virtually October 6-7. Our office will be participating in this annual event. The summit's goal is to improve quality of life for all, and to help North Dakota compete in a 21st century economy. For more information click here.

Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda

City of Williston releases Health Care Survey results
Wiliston Herald - Most Williston residents say they can’t get the health care they need in the area, according to a survey. The City of Williston shared the results of the Community health care Needs assessment survey, conducted in January of this year. The survey was conducted between Jan. 6 and Jan. 17, with 1,233 people participating in the online survey. The results show a large number of residents seemingly dissatisfied with the level of care available at the time, with only 25.4 percent of participants saying they did not seek health care services outside Williston in the past three years. Read More
Governor addresses COVID-19 Risk Levels in North Dakota
City of Williston News Release - On September 23, Governor Doug Burgum made additional announcements related to COVID-19 risk levels in some of North Dakota’s counties. Currently, Williams County remains in the yellow range, alongside five additional counties. However, with a high positivity rate, Williams County is rapidly approaching the High Risk (orange) level. Read More
Chamber reacts to Burgum's COVID-19 Announcements
Williston Area Chamber of Commerce - There has been much conversation over the last couple of days about the possibility of more business closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As I see it, we have been given one opportunity to keep Governor Burgum from declaring Williams County as High Risk and forcing our doors closed - Masking Up and making a major effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Read More
CVB cancels Big 10 Walleye Tournament
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Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau - The Williston Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) regrets to announce the cancelation of the Lewis & Clark Big 10 Showdown, a walleye tournament scheduled for Oct 3-4 out of Lewis & Clark State Park. In the wake of rising COVID-19 infection numbers in Williams County, the county and city of Williston have taken a strong steps to reduce community spread. Special event permits and event alcohol permits have been rescinded, and other steps are being considered. Read More
Economic Resiliency Grants help North Dakota Businesses
KXNet.com - A government grant to help businesses pay for new safety measures because of COVID-19 is having big impacts on local restaurants. Bruno’s Pizza in Bismarck is one of many that received the Economic Resiliency Grant, which is distributed by the state’s Commerce Department. Read More
Minot's Prairie Sky Breads deals with COVID-19
Dakota Business Lending - Prairie Sky Breads is a bakery and coffee shop founded by Travis Gerjets as he worked to preserve the legacy and traditions of his Nana’s delicious breads, rolls, and sweets. Growing up, Travis’ Nana taught him the methods and recipes of her breads. Read More
Frontier Tires and Glass opens in Sidney
Roundup - Frontier Tires and Glass, Sidney, is now open for business. The new owners are Bryce Dinkelman, Brandon Batty and Joseph Knapp. The shop is located south of Sidney on HWY 16, 2650 South Central Ave. Their hours of business are Monday-Friday, 7 am-6 pm, Saturday from 7 am-2 pm. Read More
Main Street Summit announces Featured Speakers
Grand Forks Herald/Prairie Business - A number of speakers are planned for the 2020 Main Street ND Summit. The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced the featured speakers on Wednesday, Sept. 23, who will address audiences virtually on Oct. 6-7. The Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Economic Development Association of North Dakota, the North Dakota Council on the Arts and Prairie Business Association, will host this year’s summit with a focus on building resilient communities. Read More
WSC Enrollment drops
Williston State College - Williston State College fall 2020 enrollment reflects a decrease of 16% in head count from the fall of 2019. 959 students are registered for classes in the fall 2020 semester according to census totals released Tuesday, September 22. This is a decrease from the census total of 1132 students in the fall of 2019. Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
09/26 ------ Main Street Market
The Williston Downtowners' Main Street Market will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Hedderich’s Lot. The market will feature a variety of homemade and/or homegrown goods and food.

10/03 ------ Main Street Market
The Williston Downtowners' Main Street Market will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Hedderich’s Lot. The market will feature a variety of homemade and/or homegrown goods and food.

10/06 ------ Williston STAR Fund Board
The meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Williston Center for Development.

10/13 ------ Williston City Commission
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at City Hall in the John Kautzman Chamber Room.

10/16 ------ Virtual Centennial Celebration
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation invites the public to a virtual celebration featuring entertainment and an auction from the safety and comfort of your own home! More information

11/19-20 ------ Women in Leadership Expo
The virtual experience will feature keynote speaker Kodee Furst, Co-Founder of Annie Capital, Program Manager at the Nice Center. Email caitlyn@willistonchamber.com for more information.
Upcoming Energy Events
10/06 ------ API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton Williston. More information

10/07 ------ WDEA Annual Virtual Meeting
The Western Dakota Energy Association will hold a virtual meeting via Zoom from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Central Time. Registration

10/28 ------ NDPC Annual Meeting
The time, location and format has yet to be determined.

11/20 ------ Williston Basin Petroleum Banquet
The annual awards ceremony will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. at The Well at Williston State College.

12/01 ------ API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton Williston. More information
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