APRIL 13, 2018

Dear Williston Wire Readers,
Williston Economic Development invites you to an open house on Monday, May 7 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Center for Development located at 113 4th St. E. We will be celebrating Economic Development Week and Tourism Week! Take a tour of our office space, enjoy light refreshments and pick up  one of our new magnets with Williston's summer event and festival schedule. For more information click  here!

 Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda 

Job Openings in Divide, Williams and McKenzie Counties hit 3-year High
There is a huge shortage of qualified CDL drivers in the Bakken. A Job Fair is being held April 25 at the Raymond Family Community Center. Stock Image
Bismarck Tribune - Meanwhile in March, job openings in Divide, McKenzie and Williams counties cracked their highest since July 2015, according to Job Service North Dakota. Cindy Sanford, of the Williston Job Service North Dakota office, said the oilfield needs more people, preferably with experience and driving records free of moving violations. Read More
Williston Job Fair April 25, Watford City Job Fair April 26
The 2 Days, 2 Job Fairs will be held April 25 in Williston and April 26 in Watford City. Williston Economic Development
Williston Economic Development - Job seekers are invited to two job fairs on two separate days in less than two weeks. The 2 Days, 2 Multi-Employer Job Fairs has returned! The Williston Job Fair will be held April 25 from 3-7 p.m. at the Raymond Family Community Center. The Watford City Job Fair will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Rough Rider Center. Bring your resume and be prepared for on the spot interviews and job offers!
New Rural Fire Station opens in Williston
The new Williston Rural Fire Station is now open at 317 11th St. W. in Williston. 
KUMV-TV - Its been a long time coming for the Williston Rural Fire Department. Funding for the new station adds up to $6.6 million, an investment paid for through public safety sales taxes. "This is the first building the rural fire department has ever had, so up until now we always rented space from the city of Williston and also the county," said Rural Fire Chief David Benth. Twenty-two volunteer firefighters have been working nonstop since the station in late March. Read More
Williston JCPenney Store earns Top Honor
Williston JCPenney general manager Jessica Burgess was recently presented the store's highest honor, the Founder's Award. Stock Image
News Release - J. C. Penney Company, Inc. recently honored its top performing stores with its Founder's Award at a special ceremony in Grapevine, Texas. General manager Jessica Burgess was one of over 90 store leaders recognized for outstanding performance in 2017. "I'm proud of our dedicated associates at JCPenney in Williston who received this special recognition," said Tony Hurst, senior vice president of stores. Read More
Single-Family Homes in High Demand in Williston
Williston is in the midst of a single-family housing shortage. Williston Economic Development
Bismarck Tribune - Williston Realtors sold more homes in the first quarter of the year than in any other previously - even outselling 2012 and 2014 boom levels, according to numbers published Friday, April 6. Homes that changed hands in the quarter numbered 110 - about 30 a month - said Williston's Development Services Director Mark Schneider. The city is in the midst of a single-family housing shortage that promises only to get worse as oil and gas activity picks up for the season.  Read More
Districts 1 and 8 attract 20 Candidates for 5 School Board Openings
The June 12 Primary Election will be crowded with candidates running for 3 openings on the District 1 School Board and 2 on the District 8 School Board. Stock Image
Williston Herald - The slate of candidates for the June 12 election is set after Monday's filing deadline. In addition to statewide races, voters in Williams County will choose legislators, county commissioners, municipal officials and school board members. The June election is the primary for statewide, legislative and county offices. Relatively few of those will be contested then. Read More
Lt. Gov. Sanford to headline Watford City Chamber/EDC Annual Meeting April 13
Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford to detail North Dakota's Main Street Initiative at annual Chamber/EDC meeting April 13.
McKenzie County Farmer - If you want to find out what is happening in Watford City and McKenzie County in the way of economic development, then you will want to attend this year's annual meeting of the Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Watford City Economic Development Corporation. "Lt. Governor Brent Sanford will be at this year's meeting talking about the state's Main Street Initiative," states Gumke.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Watford City seeks to remove $25 Cap on City Sales Tax June 12
Watford City voters will determine future of $25 cap on city's sales tax June 12. Stock Image
McKenzie County Farmer - Watford City voters will decide whether to remove the $25 cap on the city's 1½ percent sales tax in the Primary Election June 12.  During their meeting on, April 2, the Watford City City Council approved final language for the ballot issue. "Removing the cap will help the city budget our revenue stream better," said Justin Voll, Watford City mayor. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer 
Parshall Residents seek Quality of Life Improvements
Parshall  is one of two sites selected for a pilot project that seeks to improve the town's qualify of life . Stock Image
Mountrail County Record - About 70 people crowded into the American Legion Hall in Parshall to discuss what is good about Parshall and how to make it better. Parshall has been selected to one of two communities in North Dakota to participate in the second round of pilot projects for the North Dakota Livable Cities Program organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development office. Read More
PSC approves Permit for Bear Creek Gas Plant Expansion near Killdeer
Onoek's Bear Creek Gas Plant has received permission to move forward with expansion. Oneok Image
News Release - The North Dakota Public Service Commission has approved a siting permit for the expansion of the Bear Creek Gas Plant in Dunn County. The permit was approved during the Commission's April 11 meeting. "Bear Creek is one of several gas processing projects under development in the state," said Commission Chairman Randy Christmann. "These projects will reduce flaring, take trucks off the roads, and create a lot of good jobs. This investment is clearly good news for the citizens of North Dakota."  Read More
Williston Home and Garden Show opens at Raymond Family Community Center
The Williston Home & Garden Show opens at 2 p.m. today at the Raymond Family Community Center. Williston Economic Development
Williston Economic Development - The Williston Area Builders Association is gearing up for its annual Home & Garden Show. The show opens from 2-7 today and 9-6 tomorrow at the Raymond Family Community Center. Learn about the latest innovations in remodeling  and landscaping and meet with area experts.
Upcoming Williston Events
04/13-14 ------ Williston Home & Garden Show
The Williston Area Builders Association will host its annual event at the Raymond Family Community Center. 

04/14-15 ------ Military Show Swap and Sale
The public is invited to attend the event on Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Upper Missouri Valley Fairgrounds. Proceeds to benefit Fort Buford 6th Infantry and Fort Buford Historic Site.
04/16 ------ Ribbon Cutting at Ideal Option
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for Ideal Option at 12:30 p.m. at 316 2nd Ave W, Suite 1. Ideal Option is an addiction medicine practice.

04/24 ------ Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall at 22 East Broadway.

04/25 ------ Williston Job Fair
More than 80 employers will be accepting resumes and interviewing applicants from 3-7 p.m. at the Raymond Family Community Center. Veterans preference 3-3:30 p.m.

04/28 ------ Clean Up Williston Day
Volunteers are invited to pick up trash Saturday morning. Supplies will be available at Davidson Park. A free lunch for volunteers will begin at 11 a.m.

05/02 ------ 1 Million Cups Williston
Learn how to help new businesses thrive in Williston by attending the free meeting at Williston State College from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

05/08 ------ Sloulin Redevelopment Project - Williston Meeting
The public is invited to learn about the Master Plan for the project. The meeting will feature keynote Gov. Doug Burgum, City of Williston leaders and representatives from the project's key partnerships. The free program will run from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.

05/09 ------ Retail Summit
Potential and current retailers are invited to the free summit from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. Click here to register.

05/09 ------ State of the City Address
Williston Mayor Howard Klug will deliver his State of the City Address at 12 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. A light lunch will be served from 11-11:45 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Click  here to register.

05/09 ------ WED/SBDC Awards Banquet
Williston Economic Development and the Small Business Development Center will celebrate the accomplishments of its 2018 award winners. The social hour will be begin at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. Click  here for reservations. 
07/10-12 ------ ND Water Resource Districts Association's Summer Meeting
The 2018 North Dakota Water Resource Districts Association's annual summer meeting will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.
Upcoming Energy Events
05/22-24 ------ Williston Basin Petroleum Conference
The 26th annual event will be held in Bismarck, ND. Early bird general attendee registration is open until April 12, 2018. Conference Website
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

The Summer 2018 event will be held at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City. 

09/24-26 ------ NDPC Annual Meeting
The meeting will be held at the Ramada in Fargo, ND.

10/03-04 ------ Bakken Oil Product & Service Show
The 8th annual trade show and seminars will be held at the Raymond Family Community Center. Bakken Oil Show website
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