March 22, 2019
WILLISTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
NEWS & UPDATES
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

The City of Williston was abuzz this week with consultants from a Kansas City firm that were here to examine Williston's current housing crisis. The three experts interviewed approximately 60 residents for up to one hour each and held a public input session. The results and recommendations of the study will be presented later this year.
 
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Housing Consultants gather Information in Williston
The Newmark Knight Frank firm held a public input meeting on Tuesday to learn about Williston's housing crisis. Williston Herald photo

Williston Herald - Dozens of people gathered in the county commission room in Williston to discuss a topic of vital importance to the residents - and future residents - of the city: housing. Development Services Director for the city, Mark Schneider, welcomed the gathered crowd to the meeting, held Tuesday, March 19. Schneider was joined by representatives from Newmark Knight Frank, a real estate advisory firm the city hired to provide consultation in regards to the city's housing needs. Schneider explained that housing has been an issue in Williston for a number of years, but that a study done by the NDSU research center in 2016 highlighted how drastic the housing issue could become if not addressed. Read More

Williston Downtowners names New Director

Pictured above are Jonna and Daved Lundeen. Daved has been named the new director of the WDA. 
News Release - Daved Ludeen will start at the Williston Downtowners Association on Monday, March 25. The board is excited to announce that his first week will be spent attending the Main Street America conference in Seattle, Washington! "Daved shows a lot of interest in Downtowns across the state and has kept up with the organization over the past year," said WDA President, Tanner Parizek. 

STAR Fund supports New, Existing Licensed Child Care Providers

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Call or e-mail Williston Economic Development at 701-577-8110 or econ@ci.williston.nd.us to learn more about the STAR Fund programs. Stock photo
Williston Herald - The availability of child care has not kept up with Williston's population growth, but the city's STAR Fund has several programs designed to help attract and retain more daycare providers. Two of the programs, a Mini-Match program and the larger FlexPACE program, are designed to attract new options to the city, while the third, a renewal bonus, is supposed to encourage existing providers to keep offering care. The Mini-Match program has been the most popular, Williston Economic Development Director told the Williston Herald on Thursday, March 21. About eight child care providers have used that program over the last two years. Read More

ARC to celebrate 5th Anniversary March 25-29

Admission will be $5 per person during the ARC's 5th anniversary week March 25-29, 2019. Williston Economic Developme nt phot o
Williston Herald - Since its doors opened for the first time in 2014, the Williston Area Recreation Center has given area residents a multitude of new fitness programs, children's activities and aquatic adventures. Next week, the ARC is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a week full of special events.  "So what we're doing because it's the fifth year," marketing and communications director Mackenzie Blume explained to the Williston Herald. Read More
Job Seekers invited to Job Fair March 27 in Watford City
The Job Fair will be held fro 3-7 p.m. on March 27 at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City.
McKenzie County Farmer - Justin Brown is just one of the many people that has already marked his calendar for the upcoming job fair in Watford City. "I had great luck last year," says 21-year-old Brown. "I just got back in Watford on Saturday night and I'm ready for this." Next week, Job Service of North Dakota will host its third annual Job Fair in Watford City at the Rough Rider Center on Wednesday, March 27, from 3 to 7 p.m.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Ray Residents to Vote on $11M School Bond May 14
Tioga Tribune - The Ray school district will ask voters to approve a referendum on an $11 million building addition that will not raise patrons' property taxes. Two informational sessions are planned before the vote, which will be held May 14. The informational sessions are aimed at educating the community both about the need for the space and how approval could save the district $2 million in financing costs.  Read More 

Williston API's Donations to top $1M in 2019; Celebration planned Sept. 7

Back Row L to R: Crysie Hendershott, API Secretary; Jonathan Iblings, API Vice President; Brom Lutz, API Board; Dewey Bailey, API Board. Front Row L to R: Kerri Espeland, API Treasurer and Ken Callahan, API President. Not pictured Carl Hirsch, API Board.
Williston Economic Development - The Williston Basin API has announced it will celebrate a significant achievement this year! The group will host a public celebration on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Black Magic Harley Davidson to recognize it has donated one million dollars in scholarships and grants during the past eight years. Read More
Williams County Emergency Management seeks Weather Spotters

News Release - Williams County Emergency Management will be hosting SkyWarn Weather Spotter Trainings over the next few weeks. Sessions will be held in Tioga April 3, Grenora April 4 and in Williston May 8. The training will teach participants about the different weather systems we experience, how to be prepared, and how to report severe weather to the NWS.
Upcoming Williston Events
03/26 ------ City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

04/03 ------ 1 Million Cups
The community is invited to 1MC at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College Teton Lounge. The event and coffee are free!

04/12 ----- Marketplace for Kids
Elementary students will showcase their startups and learn about running businesses from area business leaders.

04/27 ------ Clean Up Williston
Volunteers are encouraged to sign up to clean a specific zone or attend the clean up on Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Davidson Park.
Upcoming Energy Events
04/02 ------ 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.  Williston API

06/05-06 ------ 3rd International Safety Culture Summit
The American Petroleum Institute, Saint Mary's University and CN will bring together industry operators, contractors, service/supply companies, academia and regulators together to facilitate collaboration and drive continual improvement. The summit will be held in Chicago.  Registration

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.  Registration Information

10/15-16 ------ The Permian Conference & Expo
The two-day show will be held in Midland, TX. The show is sponsored by the North American Shale magazine.  Registration Information

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