August 25, 2017 

Dear Readers -
There's still time to register for the Williston Economic Summit and the WED/SBDC Awards Banquet. The two events will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. Register today at!

Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda
Williston Economic Development
Williston's Greater, Greener Wastewater Treatment Plant to celebrate Ribbon Cutting Aug. 31
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson
Pictured is an aerial photo of the new Water Resource Recovery Facility. The facility is located at 7 12th Ave. E. in Williston.
The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Williston Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony will mark the official grand opening of the $105 million facility.The expansive plant was built to replace the former lagoon system that struggled to keep up with newer demands. Since 2009, the city has experienced unprecedented population growth due to the ongoing development of the Bakken Shale Oil and Gas Play. Williston's population increased dramatically from 2010-2015, rising from14,716 in 2010 to 27,763 in 2015. The 2017 population is estimated at 30,000 people. Read More

Federal Funds allocated to XWA Project
Construction Dive

Construction at the Williston Basin International Airport continues to stay on track.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced this week that it plans to award $282.6 million in Airport Improvement Grants (AIGs) to 67 airports in 29 states. Connecticut's Waterbury-Oxford Airport ($28.9 million), Louisiana's Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport ($26.1 million) and North Dakota's Williston Airport ($21.3 million) received the largest individual discretionary grants. Read More
KUMV-TV: XWA Construction Update

City of Williston All Stars, Police Department to compete in Bakken X Trek
Williston Economic Development
Members of the City of Williston All Stars challenge the Williston Police Department at the Bakken X Trek Sept. 9!
The Williston All Stars have issued a challenge to the Williston Police Department to compete in the third annual Bakken X Trek. The All Stars are lead by city administrator David Tuan. The police department accepted the challenge and agreed to pass the challenge along to another city department. The Bakken X Trek will be held Sept. 9 at Spring Lake Park. The race will include some standard obstacles and some unique to the venue. The event is open to all levels and ages. Register today!  Bakken X Trek 9-9-17

Cardon Global donates $25,000 to Opportunity Foundation
Williston Economic Development
Cardon Development Group presented a check to the Opportunity Foundation during Summer Nights on Main Aug. 17 in Downtown Williston.
Cardon Development Group (CDG) has donated $25,000 to the Opportunity Foundation in Williston. The funds will be utilized to start a new commercial kitchen project in Williston. The donation was presented during the Summer Nights on Main concert on  Aug. 17 in Downtown Williston. CDG sponsored the evening's live entertainment, the Dueling Pianos.

Williston Public School District sets New

Enrollment Record at 4,201 

Williston Economic Development
The Williston Public School District #1 has released the final first day of school enrollment. A total of 4,201 students started the 2017-18 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 22. The total is the highest on record. Last year there were  3,922 students and 2,467 in 2010.   Williston Herald: Kindergarten Enrollment rises
Best of the Bakken Winners recognized
Williston Herald

The Best of the Bakken awards ceremony was held at Black Magic Harley Davidson. The dinner was provided by Cugini Italian Bistro. Williston Herald
The Williston Herald hosted its first-ever Best of the Bakken event Thursday night. The event celebrated the winners from the Best of the Bakken competition. This was the first year the competition was entirely online, and there were 1,100 nominations and more than 16,000 votes. Shawn Wenko, executive director of Williston Economic Development, was the keynote speaker at the event. Wenko talked about the state of Williston's economy. Read More

WCCU celebrates Ribbon Cutting at Downtown Location
Williston Economic Development

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at WCCU in Downtown Williston Aug. 21.
The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to help Western Cooperative Credit Union celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of their newly expanded Downtown Branch at 215 Washington Ave. Pictured is President and CEO Melanie Stillwell and Branch Manager Pam Ferrell along with WCCU board members, staff and Chamber ambassadors.

Sidney Clothing Store to Expand

Sidney's Julie Smelser shows off the new space she will have for J'z Fashions soon in Sidney. Roundup
In the most exciting news for the Sidney retail community in a long time, J'z Fashions has announced its expansion into the former Saddle Up building next door. Customer concerns and requests have fueled the move, with people wanting to shop in Sidney. Read More

Watford City seeks Retail Recruitment support from Buxton Analytics

McKenzie County Farmer
If you ask most people living in Watford City what they would most like to see, the answer is most likely more retail shopping and dining opportunities. The Watford City City Council has agreed to spend $165,000 over the next three years from the city's Roughrider Fund to conduct a retail study. The retail assessment will conducted by Buxton, a Ft. Worth, Texas, firm that also serves Williston.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer

Upcoming Williston Events
08/25-26              Erase your E-Waste
North Dakota Recycling Services will collect electronics on Friday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday Aug. 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 409 1st Street West in Williston. Some restrictions apply. Please review the flier for more details.  Recycle Electronics Flier 

08/30                   Williston Area Builders Association Golf Tournament
Williston Economic Development invites golfers to tee up for the tournament at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course. The Williston Economic Summit welcome reception will follow at the Cyndy Aafedt residence. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided to ticket holders.   WABA website
08/30-31             Williston Economic Summit
The WEST event will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. The show will feature the WED/SBDC awards and appreciation dinner Aug. 31.

08/31                   Ribbon Cutting for Water Resource Recovery Facility
The public is invited to the celebration at 8:30 a.m. at 7 12th Ave. E. in Williston. There will be a short program, refreshments, virtual tours and condensed site tours.

09/5-7                  CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Discount Bedding Fair
The annual event will be held in the Liston Room from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday. There will be s uper soft sheets, baby blankets, mink blankets, Sherpa throws and much more .

09/06                   1 Million Cups
The monthly event will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Williston State College. The public is welcome to attend. There will be two presentations and free java from the Smiling Moose Deli.

09/09                   Opportunity Foundation Golf Tournament
The Twelfth Annual Darrell Schmidt Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the  Eagle Ridge Golf Course. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the clubhouse and the tournament will start at 9 a.m. News Release
09/13-15             College for Seniors
Bethel Lutheran Foundation's annual event will feature the theme "Celebrate Life." The programs and classes will focus on ways to enrich and celebrate life through  attitudes, hobbies and maintaining a healthy mind, body and soul. College for Seniors News Release

09/15                   Eggs & Issues
Chamber members are invited to learn about the Homes for Heros program from North Dakota State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger. The meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. at TrainND Northwest.  

09/16                  Military Affairs Golf Tournament
The golf scramble will be held at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course. The cost is $100 per person.  Golf Tournament Flier 

09/23                  Stylin' Against Breast Cancer Fashion Show
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical will sponsor a fashion show at the Williston ARC from 5-6 p.m.

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.

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
09/26-28              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

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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