Dear Williston Wire Readers,

Williston Economic Development has received international recognition for one of its projects! This is the second time in three years that the group has earned a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award! Shawn Wenko, WED executive director, recently accepted the 2017 award for their Open for Business Media Folder. The award was presented during the International Economic Development Council Annual Conference in Toronto. WED earned its other Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award in 2015 for its partnership with TrainND Northwest.

Best Regards,
Barbara Peterson
Communications Coordinator


Williston Economic Development earns International Award
News Release

Shawn Wenko accepts the Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award at the IEDC annual conference in Toronto.
Williston Economic Development received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Open for Business Media Folder, a project in the category of Video/Multimedia Promotion from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 19, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Sept. 17 - 20, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Read More

Williston, Williams County 2Q Taxable Sales and Purchases jump 30 Percent
Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, right, talks to Ken Callahan, energy services manager at Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., after the Eggs and Issues presentation Friday at TrainND. Williston Herald
Sales taxes don't represent the total economic picture, but are a good indicator since they track the physical movement of goods and services. North Dakota figures for the second quarter show that Williston's economy has turned a corner - a scoop for the people who sat in on the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce's Eggs and Issues with State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger on Friday morning. "This is not public yet," Rauschenberger told the gathering. "We were working on a statewide report for the second quarter of 2017 and we pulled out some Williston specific data just for this presentation." The data shows a jump of $83 million in sales taxes for the second quarter year over year. Sales taxes in the second quarter 2016 were $263.7 million and $347.3 million for the same period this year. Read More  ND Tax Department News Release

Oil Patch Cities pay off Debts due to Growth
Grand Forks Herald
by Andrew Haffner

Williston City Administrator David Tuan shares his thoughts on Williston's with Grand Forks Herald reporter Andrew Haffner. Grand Forks Herald
The North Dakota oil boom turned black gold into green for public and private interests over its high-flying run. But now, leaders in Oil Patch cities that invested hundreds of millions of dollars to cope with the crush of boom activity are focused on answering questions about how to pay off the red ink of high municipal debts while anticipating future spending needs. Read More

Williston relishes Calm after Frantic Boom Pace
Grand Forks Herald
by Andrew Haffner

Startup owner Melissa Kraus is optimistic about the opportunities ahead. Grand Forks Herald
It was a quiet afternoon in a downtown Williston art store. A passerby might quickly recognize the point of the QuickDraw Art Studio by the decorative brushes with paint-dipped bristles that hang in front windows. Watercolors and acrylics might be an unexpected find in a place that gained international attention-and sometimes infamy-as an oil-fueled boomtown, but shop owner Melissa Krause was optimistic behind the till. Read More

Dr. Miller sworn in as New WSC President; Enrollment continues to increase
Williston Herald

The inauguration for the new Williston State College president, Dr. John Miller, was held recently. Williston Herald
One phrase kept popping up again and again at the inauguration of John Miller as the president of Williston State College on Friday.
It's a phrase that will be familiar to anyone who has ever taken a glance at the college's marketing material - "Where the people make the difference." Miller himself, in his inaugural speech, said it. And then he addressed how many other times the phrase had been heard. Read More     Williston Herald: WSC Enrollment continues to Climb

McKenzie County School District qualifies for Rapid Enrollment Grant
McKenzie County Farmer

studying_girl.jpg McKenzie County School District No. 1 had a record number 1,554 students on the first day of school, but Superintendent Steve Holen was most concerned with how many students were enrolled on Sept. 10 (1,547), the magic date that the North Dakota Dept. of Education uses to officially determine how many students it will be paying per pupil payment on. "We needed to see at least a four percent increase to qualify for the Rapid Enrollment Grant," states Holen. "And with a nine percent increase, we more than met the qualification numbers."  That could mean an extra $400,000 in state funds for the district. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer

Growth Management continues in Western North Dakota
Fargo Forum

Western North Dakota continues to grow; but at more manageable levels. Williston Economic Development
Imagine your city's population growing from 1,744 resident to nearly 7,500 in one year. That was reality for Watford City during the oil boom years, but the city was likely serving 10,000 to 15,000 people who lived in the area, said Brent Sanford, North Dakota's lieutenant governor and the city's oil boom-era mayor. As a frame of reference, today they are still graduating 60 to 70 kids, but there are 150 kindergarteners," he said, referring to the children who were born during the height of the boom.
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BoDo's celebrates Grand Re-opening
Williston Area Chamber of Commerce

BoDo's Appliance & Outdoor Living recently celebrated the completion of the remodel of their store located on Million Dollar Way in Williston. Williston Area Chamber of Commerce
On September 1st the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of BoDo's Appliance & Outdoor Living. BoDo's underwent a renovation, has changed their name to reflect new product offerings! The City of Williston STAR Fund provided financial support for the project. Pi
ctured from BoDo's are owner Kyle Helstad and his staff. Pictured from the Chamber are President, Janna Lutz, Debbie Richter, Brittany Brost, Crystal Purdy, Kyle Tennessen, and Krissy Trowbridge.

Hardee's opens in Watford City
Williston Economic Development

A new fast food restaurant has opened its doors in Watford City. The Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Hardee's on Thursday, Sept. 21. 

Motivational Speaker educates, entertains at LevelUp Conference
Williston Economic Development

The motivational and humorous speaker Carol Ritter entertained and educated about 75 people at the Chamber's LevelUp Conference Sept. 20. Williston Economic Development
The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce invited a motivational speaker to educate and entertain its members at its annual LevelUp Business conference Sept. 20 at TrainND Northwest. The featured speaker was Carol Ritter ( She shared her Top Ten Networking Tips; the art of Smash the Box Marketing (free advertising) and practicing Extreme Customer Service. The half-day seminar was designed to teach attendees how to improve relationships with new and potential customers and clients as well as enhance their workplace environment. In addition to Ritter, the Human Resources Director for the City of Williston, Chery Pierzina, also presented ideas on how to recruit and retain good employees.

Bank of Tioga unveils New Program for Entrepreneurs; Deadline to apply Nov. 1
News Release

The Bank of Tioga has announced an opportunity for local small business owners to compete for the chance to win up to $10,000 to improve their business. The event, called REV, was created as a result of The Bank of Tioga's mission to Ignite Prosperity┬« and reinvest back into the communities it serves.  Five applicants will be selected to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for 10 minutes.  Applications are due by Nov. 1, 2017. REV - Ignite Your Business

Entertainment, Inc! Season Tickets go on sale; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to begin Oct. 5
News Release
Entertainment, Inc! has season tickets on sale for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Season ticket holders gain access to a 5 show season ticket package and exclusive seating reservations prior to tickets becoming available to the public. Tickets may be purchased by calling Entertainment. Inc! at 701-577-3179 or by visiting the Entertainment, Inc! website. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will take the stage Oct. 5.
Upcoming Williston Events
09/23                   Military Affairs Golf Tournament
Postponed from Sept. 16 due to weather; the golf scramble will be held at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course. The cost is $100 per person. 

09/23                   Stylin' Against Breast Cancer Fashion Show
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston will sponsor a fashion show at the Williston ARC from 5-7 p.m. The show will raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. Fashion Show Agenda/Tickets

09/28                   Women in Leadership Expo 
Williston Economic Development is a sponsor for the annual event to be held at TrainND Northwest. Call 701-572-2835 to register.

09/29                   Williston Women's Network
Join us for our Power Breakfast to learn about Toxin Free Living with Sara Black. The breakfast and program will be held from 8-10 a.m. at the Williston ARC. Please RSVP to Facebook.

10/14                   Cleanup Williston
Williston Public Works will lead the citywide cleanup. Email to volunteer your business, organization or family for a specific cleanup zone in Williston.
10/18-20             EDND Fall Conference
Williston will host the Economic Development Association of North Dakota's fall conference at the Grand Williston Hotel.   EDND 

Energy Events
09/26                    Bakken 2.0
The seminar is part of the Annual Meeting of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. The free session showcases the latest technological trends and economic investments in Bakken. Shawn Wenko, executive director of Williston Economic Development will be one of the featured panelists. Bakken 2.0 Agenda

09/26-28              NDPC Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon
The conference will be held in Grand Forks. The event brings together the Bakken's leading experts and decision-makers. NDPC members receive discounted rates for our Annual Meeting. 2017 annual meeting agenda

10/04-05              Bakken Oil Product & Service Show
The 7th annual BOPSS, produced by DAWA Solutions Group, will be held at the Raymond Family Community Center in WillistonRegistration

10/10                    Williston Basin API

11/01-02              Western Dakota Energy Association annual meeting 
The meeting will be held at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson.  Registration

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

07/16-18              Bakken Conference and Expo
The Summer 2018 event will be held at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City.  
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