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Williston Economic Development
January 6, 2017

WRED renews Mission, Goals for 2017; starts Membership Drive

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

A Williston organization is looking to play a larger role in diversifying northwestern North Dakota's economy. Williston Regional Economic Development (WRED) has released its revised objectives for 2017. WRED recently completed a comprehensive strategic planning process to streamline its mission and goals. The last time WRED analyzed its vision and objectives was four years ago. WRED president Justin Maddison said it made sense to undergo an evaluation again. "Things were different in Williston and the region in 2012 and we thought we should revisit it in light of where the economy in the region is now," said Maddison. Read More

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WRED to sponsor Legislative Workshop Jan. 11

Williston Economic Development
 
Williston Regional Economic Development (WRED) is sponsoring a class called "Tracking Legislation in North Dakota." The webinar will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 1:30-3 p.m. at City Hall. The workshop is free and open to the public. Brent Bogar of Jadestone Consulting will present the information. "Participants will learn about the ND Legislature and the legislative process," said Bogar. "They will also learn how to find legislative bills of interest and track their progress and how to testify and contact legislators regarding legislation." To set up a site to view the webinar or to RSVP to WRED's location, contact Ann Kvande at 701-577-8110 or annk@ci.williston.nd.us. Kvande . 65th Legislative Assembly

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Williston Delegation attends Governor's Inauguration Party

Bismarck Tribune
 

Photos from Gov. Doug Burgum's inauguration party Jan. 4: Burgum is pictured in the photo on the left; pictured in the right photo are David Tuan, City of Williston Administrator, Brad Bekkedahl, City of Williston Commissioner and District 1 Senator; Charlie Vein, President of AE2S; and Melanie Klug, wife of Williston Mayor Howard Klug. Photos by Williston Mayor Howard Klug.

 

Well over 1,500 Republican faithful were rife with optimism for their party and the state's future Wednesday night as they danced, drank and rallied behind Gov. Doug Burgum at his public inauguration party. "It's simple: Come hang out with a bunch of great North Dakotans," Burgum said of the free event prior to the proceedings. The bitter cold blanketing North Dakota was offset inside the arena by warm greetings and revelry with a crowd of GOP faithful, lawmakers, state officials and members of the public. Read More

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ND Mayors meet with Governor

Bismarck Tribune

Gov. Doug Burgum met with mayors from North Dakota in late December. Williston Mayor Howard Klug participated in the meeting. Bismarck Tribune photo
Gov. Doug Burgum pitched his ideas for fostering economic development and entrepreneurship at a grass roots level to more than a dozen mayors across the state Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. The meeting, put on by the North Dakota League of Cities, was held at the North Dakota Heritage Center, where Burgum shared his vision about his "Main Street Initiative." Burgum proposes to build economic success with a skilled workforce, efficient infrastructure and vibrant communities, according to his web page. Read More

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Burgum delivers State of State Address

News Release

Gov. Doug Burgum delivered his firs State of the State address Jan. 3 in Bismarck.  Bismarck Tribune photo
In his first State of the State address, Gov. Doug Burgum on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, said the state's revenue challenge presents an opportunity to reinvent state government and embrace technology to hold down costs and build an economy and workforce for the 21st century. "These powerful technological forces are fueling an underlying change in our economy and will challenge all of our existing approaches, systems and institutions," Burgum said. "Harnessing these forces can lead to lower costs and better outcomes in health care, education and infrastructure. And these areas are some of the biggest cost drivers of our state budget." Read More

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Cheryl Nelson becomes ARC's 1,000,000th Visitor

Williston Herald

Cheryl Nelson was the ARC's 1,000,000th visitor. The Bring A Friend to the ARC for Free program will continue through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017.
The Williston Area Recreation Center welcomed its 1,000,000th visitor on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Cheryl Nelson received a free yearly pass to the ARC for her accomplishment. When the ARC opened on Sunday it was closing in on the milestone and less than three hours later, Cheryl Nelson walked through the door. Read More

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Rural Community Grant Fund gives $165,000 to Western ND Programs

News Release
 
Farm Credit organizations in western North Dakota concluded 2016 by announcing nearly $165,000 in grants to programs that will improve lives in local communities through the Rural Community Grant Fund. Grants support critical community needs such as healthcare, safety, access to housing, education and economic development. Read More  Rural Community Grant Fund Applications Due April 30, 2017

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North Star Caviar suspends Grant Program for 2017

News Release

The North Star Caviar grant program has been suspended due to declining caviar sales. The program expects to return when sales rebound.
North Star Caviar has announced it will be unable to provide grants in 2017. North Star Caviar is known for its paddlefish caviar harvested from the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers. The program support non-profit groups that provide historical, cultural, and recreational projects in the region. 
Based on recent reports from the Board of North Star Caviar, caviar sales have drastically decreased, causing North Star Caviar to suspend the grant program in 2017.    Read More
  
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Ribbon Cutting for New Mountrail County Justice Center Jan. 13 in Stanley

Mountrail County Reporter

The public is invited to the ribbon cutting and open house of the new Mountrail County Justice Center on Jan. 13 at 2 p.m.
Mountrail County will hold an official Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Mountrail County Justice Center on Friday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. The dedication will give county residents a chance to tour the new facility which includes a new 40-bed jail space, dispatch center and law enforcement center on the main floor. The upstairs includes a new courtroom, judge's chambers and jury room. Read More
 

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Jilek named New Stark Development Corporation Executive Vice President

News Release

Stark Development Corporation has selected Dickinson native Ryan Jilek as its Executive Vice President. Jilek will replace Gaylon Baker who is leaving the position after 21 years of service. Jilek started his new job Jan. 3, 2017. Jilek attended Dickinson Catholic Schools, Dickinson State University, and graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electric Engineering. He has more than 22 years of experience as a small business owner and employer in Dickinson. Read More
 

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New Owners buy Historic Creamery in Crosby

Crosby Journal

With a new owner set to take the business in new directions, Crosby's Power family is looking back on an 87-year history running the local creamery. Through three generations of Powers at the helm, the business changed with the times. Power sons Kim, Kevin and Chuck, along with their sister, Gay (Krebsbach), feel pride for the business their grandfather, Newman, originally nurtured. As well, they're looking forward to seeing where the business goes from here. Read More
 

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Upcoming Williston Events

01/10             Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday's of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

01/11              Legislative 101 Webinar
Williston Regional Economic Development will sponsor a webinar to track legislative bills during the 2017 Legislative Assembly. The webinar will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. at City Hall. For more information contact Ann Kvande at 701-577-8110 or annk@ci.Williston.nd.us.

 

01/12                Annie's Project

Farm and ranch women are encouraged to sign up for the six-week workshop beginning Jan. 12 in Williston.


01/14              Williston Bridal Expo
Local area experts from the wedding industry will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.

01/17              Williston Planning and Zoning Commission
The commission meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

01/20             Williston Chamber Annual Banquet
Journey to "Paris" and enjoy an evening of entertainment, awards and networking.  The dinner and program will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. Call the Chamber to reserve dinner tickets at 701-577-6000.

01/24             Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday's of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
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