WILLISTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
NEWS & UPDATES
December 11, 2020
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

The City of Williston is trying to add more affordable housing to Williston. The City Commission has approved up to $50,000 for the Affordable Housing Incentive program. Home builders with qualifying projects can receive up to $5,000 per project. Read more in this week's Williston Wire.

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Williston City Commission approves up to $163,400 in STAR Fund Incentives

Williston Economic Development - The Williston City Commission has awarded up to $163,400 in STAR Fund grants to six programs and projects at its meeting December 8. The projects included House of Gainz, Bud’s Recreation and Relaxation, F & F Sprinklers & Spas, Pit 105, the Childcare Assistance Grant program and the new Affordable Housing Incentive program. The Affordable Housing Incentive program was created to spur affordable housing construction in Williston. Read More
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City of Williston creates New
Housing Incentive Fund

KXNet.com - The Williston City Commission approved up to $50,000 from the STAR Fund to fund the new Affordable Housing Incentive program Tuesday. “What we’re trying to do is keep the price of the housing down and this might incentivize them if say a contractor can’t keep it to that level then maybe they’ll use this $5,000 to give off on the sale of the house,” said City of Williston Director of Development Services Mark Schneider. Read More
Community Enhancement Applications
due December 18

Williston Economic Development - Each year, the Williston City Commission and STAR Fund Advisory board allocate up to $50,000 for nonprofit groups and organizations to fund activities and projects that improve the quality of life in the Williston area. Grant recipients in the past include: Leadership Williston, Maah Daah Hey Trail, Williston Downtowners Association, Entertainment Inc! and many others. Application
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Voters approve School District Reorganization

Williston Herald - Voters in the two school districts that serve Williston voted overwhelmingly Tuesday, Dec. 8, in favor of a plan to create a larger unified school district. Unofficial totals showed Williston Public School District No. 1, saw 2,527, or 86.6%, vote yes, while 391, or 13.4%, voted no. In Williams County Public School District No 8., 541, or 59.6% voted yes, while 367, or 40.4%, voted no. Read More
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New Auto Repair Shop opens in Williston

KXNet.com - A new mechanic shop has opened in Williston. Borderline Performance and Repair offers normal auto repair services on most vehicles, but it also specializes in engine building, turbocharging and in-house Mustang chassis dyno for measuring horsepower. “We’re doing anything from Subarus to semis and everything in between, performance engines, and everybody here has the full passion behind that,” Landon Eskew said. Read More
JLG, JE Dunn to help build Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in Medora

Dickinson Press - The group behind the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum has hired North Dakota-based architecture and construction firms to assist with the project planned for Medora. The library foundation announced Tuesday, Dec. 8, it has selected JLG Architects to be the project's architect of record and JE Dunn to serve as construction manager. Read More
Evergreen Roadshow Raffle replaces
Festival of Trees Fundraiser

Williston Community Builders - Due to COVID-19, the Williston Community Builders annual Festival of Trees has been replaced with the Evergreen Roadshow Raffle! Local businesses have decorated trees and wreaths to be raffled. The drawing will be held December 16 at 7 p.m. To purchase raffle tickets follow the instructions on the flyer and either scan the QR Code or send a text.
Williston Chamber to hold Virtual
Awards Ceremony February 12

The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Ceremony will be held virtually on February 12, 2021 on the Chamber's website and Facebook page. The Chamber will also hold its Annual Auction Online February 5-12. For more information call 701-577-6000 or email wchamber@willistonchamber.com. Nomination Form
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McKenzie County waives Building Fees
for New Homes

McKenzie County Farmer - It is going to be a little cheaper for residents to build a new home in McKenzie County following a decision by the planning and zoning department to waive its $1,400 building fee. “It was a pretty controversial issue,” said Curt Huus, McKenzie County Planning and Zoning director. Huus said the building fee will be discontinued for one and two-family dwelling units in most areas of the county. Read More
New Embroidery Shop opens in Watford City

KXNet.com - What started out as side hustle has exploded into a full-time business. FN High Quality is a screen printing and embroidery shop in Watford City. “We started getting more noticed around town and we ended up getting a big machine and it burns up production quite a bit, so now we can do a lot of big orders fast and get it out the door fast to the customers,” Josh Peay said. Read More
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