December 13, 2019
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

Just a reminder that applications for the Williston STAR Fund's Community Enhancement program are due today at 5 p.m. Contact Brenda Schmidt at 701-577-8110 for more information.

Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda
Williston Works Podcast features Little Muddy Gifts
Williston Works Podcast Season 2 - Episode 10 - Little Muddy Gifts
Williston Works Podcast Season 2 - Episode 10 - Little Muddy Gifts
Williston Economic Development - The next Williston Works Podcast features the owner of Little Muddy Gifts, Dana Johnson. Dana explains how she started and grew her business located in Downtown Williston. Listen to the podcast now!
Economic Development has Strong Year
Megan Wold recently celebrated the grand opening of her new coffee house in Williston. Wold received a STAR Fund Mini Match grant for her project. Williston Herald photo
Williston Economic Development - The City of Williston has 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. The STAR Fund is designed to promote a viable community through grants funded by the one cent City sales tax. Twenty-five percent of the sales tax proceeds benefits job creation and community development while the remainder is utilized for infrastructure debt relief. Read More
Economic Development earns Bronze Award from International Economic Development Council
Pictured is the plaque Williston Economic Development received for its Bronze Award for Economic Development Week from the IEDC. Williston Economic Development photo
Williston Economic Development - Williston Economic Development (WED) received a Bronze Award for its "Economic Development Week" project in the category of Innovation in Economic Development Week from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The project was recognized at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference this fall in Indianapolis, IN. "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 Wenko.  Read More
Williston Enplanements continue to Climb

Williston's airport boardings are up nearly 20 percent compared to last year. Through November of 2019, 80,561 passengers had flown from Williston. This was an increase of 13,190 passengers or a 19.6% increase from the same time period in 2018.  In November, there were 605 more enplanements compared to the year before, an increase of 9.54%. In 2019, there were 6,945 airport boardings compared to 6,340 in 2018. November was the very first month the new Williston Basin International Airport was open from start to finish. In October, the airport operated for 22 days. 
Bethel Lutheran Home hosts Christmas for Veterans
Williston Mayor Howard Klug helped celebrate Christmas for Veterans at Bethel Lutheran Home in Williston on Wednesday, December 11. The celebration includes a free meal and presents for those who have served in the military.
North Dakota's Economic Outlook ranks Third
Pictured is Downtown Williston. Williston Economic Development photo
FOXBusiness - Of the 50 states reviewed by the American Legislative Exchange Council-Laffer Economic Outlook, North Dakota ranked number three. The report indicates North Dakota's recent tax changes contributed to its high ranking, as well as not taxing estate or inheritance, low average workers' compensation costs, low minimum wage, debt service as a share of tax revenue and it being a right-to-work state. Read More
Dickinson State adds Welding Program
DSU may also add Commercial Driver's License training. Stock photo -  Adding a trailer to  Dickinson State University's campus has been in the works for about a year and a half  Now, it's finally made it to campus, as the soon to be home of the school's welding course, starting in January.  The Chair of Technical Studies says right now, there aren't enough welders to fill the needs of western North Dakota.  Read More
New Meat Packing Business opens in Belfield
Jayden Krivoruchka is a recent graduate of Olds College, Canada's National Meat Training Center. Krivoruchka attended a four-month program in Alberta where he learned to hone his craft. Dickinson Press photo
Dickinson Press - Mom and Dad have helped me out quite a bit," Jayden Krivoruchka said humbly of his new slaughter and meat processing plant called 701 Meats near Belfield, N.D. "We do everything from live animal to packing," Krivoruchka told The Press days after the business began operations. Read More
Library to host Brick Building Bonanza January 5; Registration begins December 20
Williston Economic Development - The Williston Community Library will sponsor its Brick Building Bonanza once again this year. The competition is for youths 12 and under. Registration begins Friday, December 20 at 9 a.m. Good luck to all participants!
Upcoming Williston Events
12/13 ----- Community Enhancement Grant Applications Due
The deadline to submit grant applications is 5 p.m. on Friday.  Application

12/17 ------ Network Before Nine
The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce's program will host the event from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. at Cooks on Main. Come for networking,  coffee and a light breakfast!

12/25 ------ Christmas Day
City of Williston offices will be closed.

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 .

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. Complimentary coffee will be provided by Caffeinated. 

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.  API Calendar 

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.  Booth registrations and conference sponsorships will open Monday, December 16, 2019.
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