Dec. 21, 2018
WILLISTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
NEWS & UPDATES
Dear Williston Wire Readers,
 
We are excited to announce Williston Economic Development has become an Accreditated Economic Development Organization! Read more about this distinction in the story below.
 
Merry Christmas!

Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda
WED earns Prestigious IEDC Accreditation
News Release - The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announces that Williston Economic Development (WED) has been recognized as one of 62 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). "Williston Economic Development displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor," said IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle. Read More
Klug, Tuan, Krueger support WPSD #1 Bond Referendum
Williston Herald - Williston Mayor Howard Klug was skeptical of the last plan to build new schools in the city, but said Monday evening he fully supports the plan that will be up for a vote Jan. 8. "This plan takes into account needs of community," Klug said Monday during a public meeting to go over the particulars of the proposed bond issue for Williston Public School District No. 1.  Read More

City of Williston stands behind Proposed Liquor Ordinance

City Administrator David Tuan said the focus of the ordinance changes have not been to make allowances for more bars and liquor stores, but to streamline, consolidate and modernize the ordinance in order to level the playing field for potential business owners, without having to create special licenses for each new business looking to expand into Williston.
Williston Herald - The city of Williston has worked for over a year on improving its current liquor ordinance, holding several public meetings and gathering feedback from community members, health professionals and current license holders. At many of the public meetings, residents and license holders spoke out against the city's proposed plan to move to a fee-based licensing system rather than a population-based one, citing concerns about what an "unlimited license" system could mean in terms of alcohol density in the Williston community. Read More
City Commission allocates Final STAR Fund Grants of 2018
The Williston STAR Fund has allocated funds to Roughneck Coffee to build a roasting, packaging and distribution site at 820 2nd St. W. Williston Herald photo
Williston Herald -  The Williston City Commission voted to approve requests to allow several businesses the opportunity to expand within the area. At Tuesday's meeting, Williston Economic Development Director Shawn Wenko presented commissioners with requests from the Flex PACE program, which is intended to make Williston a better place by helping new and existing businesses to succeed by assisting them in taking steps to build, remodel, or expand their facilities. The first application presented was for Cut Bluff Properties, whose owner Jeff Zarling requested an interest buydown in an amount not to exceed $42,000, to be used towards the purchase of additional property to expand his business. Read More
DAWA to Relocate; Office Space for Lease
News Release - DAWA has announced that they will be moving their office down the road later in 2019. As these changes progress, a rare office lease opportunity  will become available for a 6,000sf stand-alone office building located on a prime spot at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 2nd Street in Downtown Williston at 115 2nd Avenue West.   For more information, contact the leasing broker ERES.
Progess continues on 22,000 Square Foot Trampoline Park
The complex features a variety of different trampoline areas, including a four-lane obstacle course, a dodgeball area and an enclosed toddler-specific area, which Surani said he felt was important to make sure the facility was inclusive to all ages. Williston Herald photo
Williston Herald -  Residents of all ages have some high-flying fun to look forward to when Safari Trampoline Park opens in the coming weeks. Construction began on the facility back in May, and owner Jay Surani said the park is close to completion, with only a few more hurdles to overcome. The 22,000 square foot complex is about 95 percent done. The complex features a variety of different trampoline areas, including a four-lane obstacle course, a dodgeball area and an enclosed toddler-specific area, which Surani said he felt was important to make sure the facility was inclusive to all ages.  Read More
Hoeven: Creating Good Jobs Critical to Future Growth of State
News Release - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Census Bureau released estimates showing that North Dakota has reached a record-high population. As of July, North Dakota had an estimated population of 760,077 residents, an increase of nearly 5,000 over the previous year. Read More
Joshi to lead Orthopedic Department in Watford City
  In 2000 Dr. Joshi was convinced by one of his professors and a recruiter to come to North Dakota. He quickly warmed up to the idea of practicing here.
Roundup -  Ravindra Joshi, MD, will be spearheading an orthopedic surgery department in the new McKenzie County Healthcare Systems facility in Watford City. Dr. Joshi is an orthopedic surgeon who has served patients in northwestern North Dakota and northeastern Montana for several years, provided him with first hand knowledge of the needs of rural communities.  "I came to visit and I loved the place," he stated. "The people were phenomenal."
UND School of Medicine brings Surgical Services back to Tioga
The University of North Dakota School of Medicine is bringing surgical services back to critical access hospitals across the state. Tioga Tribune photo
Tioga Tribune - For the past 20 years, Tioga has been in a surgical desert. If you needed surgery you needed to pay a visit to a big city. Now, thanks to a program being spearheaded by Dr. Mary Aaland of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, surgical services have returned to Tioga Medical Center and several other critical access hospitals across the state. "Thirty-five, 40 years ago every one of them did surgery," said Aaland. "Then there was a great big shift in health care." That shift in health care centralized surgical services in larger hospitals. Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
12/24-25 ------ City of Williston Offices Closed
The City of Williston offices will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The offices will resume regular business hours on Dec. 26.

12/27 ------ Williston City Commission
Due to Christmas, the commission will meet Thursday, Dec. 27 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
 
01/08 ------ Annual Chamber Meeting
The meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at TrainND Northwest. RSVP to the Chamber by Jan. 3 at 701-577-6000.
 
01/08 ------ Williston Public School District #1 Special Election
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. Voters will be asked to answer two questions.
 
01/08 ------ Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
Upcoming Energy Events
01/08 ------ 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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