Williston Economic Development
Facebook   Twitter   Linked In   Instagram         

Williston Economic Development
Sign Up
Enter your email address below to receive the Williston Wire in your inbox!

  Submit

Search
  Search

Wire Issues

August 25, 2015

New Airport to strengthen Williston's Role in Western North Dakota

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson
  
A new state of the art airport will put Williston on the map. The City is planning to build a $250 million airport to accommodate the growing needs of the residents in northeastern Montana and northwestern North Dakota.  The executive director of Williston Economic Development says the new Williston Basin International Airport (WBIA) will be a beacon for a mix of economic development projects.  "Transportation infrastructure has always been a key component for sound economic growth. I am willing to bet we are going to see some unique business development inquiries as a result of this," said Shawn Wenko. Read More

Share    Tweet   

Williston's Airport Relocation Project readies for Take Off

KEYZ-AM Radio
Williston Herald
  
The photo is a rendering of the proposed Williston Basin International Airport by KLJ.
It's full steam ahead for Williston's new 250 million dollar international airport about five miles northwest of the current airport, having cleared a long awaited and crucial Federal government hurdle this past week.  Mayor Howard Klug said that the City of Williston received a positive "FONSI" or Finding of no significant impact report from the FAA. The report is open for public comment until Sept. 16. Read More 
  
  

Share    Tweet   

WEST! Registration Deadline Aug. 26

Williston Economic Development
 
Sloulin Field International Airport Manager Steven Kjergaard is one of the speakers at the WEST! event. Kjergaard will discuss the latest developments on the exciting airport relocation project.
Williston Economic Development's premier event for 2015 will cater to civic leaders, business owners, investors and developers. The WEST! event will be held Sept. 1 and 2 in Williston. The two-day event has a trade show, social, seminars and dinner. The knowledgeable speakers will provide a wealth of information on the issues that are top of mind today: the real estate market, airport relocation, retail development, workforce challenges and much more! Despite the downtown in oil prices Williston is still growing; enplanements are up at the airport, enrollment is up at the schools are housing construction is in full swing. The deadline to register is August 26th. 
Click here to register for the WEST! event

Share    Tweet   

Business to Business Opportunity Oct. 6 in Williston

News Release
  
The economic development offices from Amarillo and Williston will sponsor an opportunity for businesses to network at the Business to Business Summit Oct. 6 in Williston.
The Ports-to-Plains Alliance will be holding its 18th Annual Conference in Williston on October 6-8 at the Grand Williston Hotel & Conference Center. The Alliance chose North Dakota because of the significant impacts of energy production on the transportation system along with the significant investment to improving highway infrastructure in western North Dakota by the North Dakota legislature and the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Read More   Registration   2015 Business to Business Event

Share    Tweet   

Williston utilizes Wastewater Data to gauge Population Trends

Reuters
by Ernest Scheyder
  
Tracking Williston's population movements is aided by wastewater data. Reuters file photo of Williston construction  2012.
The population of a U.S. oil boomtown is being measured by wastewater data because it's a much faster and more accurate way than alternatives such as construction permits, school enrollment, tax receipts or airport boardings. U.S. Census Bureau figures are usually too old as a full-fledged population count only happens once a decade, with sporadic updates in between. That's not going to catch any swift changes in the population of cities like Williston. "Here in Williston, the growth rate is not predictable," said David Tuan, director of the city's public works department. "Measuring wastewater flow tends to be the most-efficient way to track population." Read More

Share    Tweet   

Watford City Enrollment continues to Climb

McKenzie County Farmer
  
For the past three years, the growth in the school district's enrollment numbers has been fueled by the large number of new students in the elementary school. However this year, the number of students in every grade is beginning to level off. For the first time, we will have over 100 students in every grade with the exception of grades 11 and 12," states Holen. "But the largest classes are still in the elementary school." Read More

Share    Tweet   

Bismarck Businesses to create New Day Care Center for Employees

Bismarck Tribune
  
YMCA executive director Bill Bauman, left, high fives a group of preschool kids. In back is teacher April Hruby, who said, "We're doing a back-to-school theme today." Bismarck Tribune
In an effort to combat a shortage of child care services, Basin Electric, Sanford Health and CHI St. Alexius Health are partnering with the YMCA to create a child care facility with designated spots for their employees. The Missouri Valley YMCA announced a partnership with the three Bismarck-Mandan businesses to expand child care services to a new location at the former Rasmussen College. "We have a shared commitment to invest in the potential of the little people," said Bill Bauman, executive director and CEO of the Missouri Valley YMCA. "This will increase the kids we are giving daily care to." Read More
  
Share    Tweet   

Watford City Bypasses vie for Transportation Awards

News Release
  
The North Dakota Department of Transportation received word this week that the Watford City Southeast and Southwest Bypass project has been named one of the Top 10 projects for the America's Transportation Awards competition. As a Top 10 finalist, the Watford City Bypasses are now in the running for two prizes: Grand Prize and People's Choice Award. A panel of experts will select the Grand Prize winner and the People's Choice Award will be decided through online voting by going to:

Share    Tweet   

Remainder of US Air Force Base Buildings in Fortuna removed

Crosby Journal
  
The bulk of the former US Air Force radar base near Fortuna has been removed.
Not too long from now, drivers traveling ND 5 should note a big change on the hill where the former U. S. Air Force radar base stood, just west of Fortuna. The base is coming down. All but the largest tower, which houses modern communications equipment, and a smaller building to the southeast will be leveled and returned to grasslands. Read More

Share    Tweet   

New Housing to open in Poplar in Late 2015

Wolf Point News
  
Some of the homes at the Fort Peck Sustainable Village are projected to open later this year.
A lottery system will determine 20 lucky families from a much larger pool of applicants for the Fort Peck Tribes new family housing development in Poplar. The first phase of the Fort Peck Sustainable Village project on a 5.2-acre site at the scuttled airport north of U.S. Hwy. 2 in Poplar is partially in place and is scheduled for full occupancy before December. The first eight of 20 factory-built prefabricated houses have been moved by truck and trailer from Method Homes in Ferndale, Wash., to Poplar.  Read More

Share    Tweet   

ND Pipeline Authority releases New Oil, Natural Gas Video Presentation

News Release 
  
The North Dakota Pipeline Authority has posted a new video presentation in which Justin Kringstad takes a detailed look at oil and natural gas production and explains current and upcoming trends. The NDPA was created by the Legislature in 2007 to help diversify and expand the state's economy by facilitating the development of pipeline projects.  Read More
  
  
Justin Kringstad is the Director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority.  
  
  
  
  
  
Share    Tweet   

Actor Josh Duhamel shoots ND Tourism Commercial in Downtown Fargo

Fargo Forum
  
Actor Josh Duhamel motions to the Fargo Theatre as he stands next to the wood chipper from the thriller "Fargo," on Sunday, August 16, 2015. Rick Abbott / The Forum
Downtown Fargo and the Fargo Theatre were the backdrop recently for a film shoot featuring movie star and Minot, N.D., native Josh Duhamel. Rocking a crisp white shirt and dark suit and tie, Duhamel walked through a medley of settings showcasing what North Dakota has to offer, including fine dining, world-class sports teams and the actual wood chipper from the cult movie hit "Fargo." Read More
  
  
  
  
         
  
Share    Tweet   

Jang's Gang Golf Tournament Sept. 11 in Fargo

Williston Economic Development
  
Tyler Jangula was a standout athlete at NDSU from 2004 through 2008. He was a starter for the Bison during his final two seasons.
The first annual Jang's Gang Golf Tournament in honor of former Bison standout Tyler Jangula will held on Friday, Sept. 11th in Fargo. The four person scramble will begin at 9 a.m. at the Rose Creek Golf Course. Following the tournament there will be a goodwill concert and silent auction at Chub's at 7 p.m. The proceeds will support the Jangula family's efforts to provide scholarships for future Bison football players. For more information contact lee.vandal046@gmail.comJang's Gang Golf Tournament Flyer
  
  
  
  
Share    Tweet