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Williston named Fastest Growing Micropolitan for 4th Year in a Row

Forum News Service / Dickinson Press

by Patrick Springer


Construction continues to boom in Williston as the housing supply seeks to keep up with demand. Williston Economic Development

Once again, Williston and Dickinson are the fastest growing micropolitan areas in the country, and other cities in North Dakota are following suit. The Williston micropolitan area population grew last year by 8.7 percent, or 2,567 people, to 32,130, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Dickinson area was close behind, growing 7 percent, or 1,995, to 30,372. Williston, the hub of the booming Bakken Formation, was the fastest- growing micropolitan area, a classification for urbanized areas with a population falling between 10,000 and 50,000. Read More



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ManLog brings Manufacturing Prospects to Williston

Reuters / Dickinson Press

by Ernest Scheyder


A panel of experts discusses manufacturing needs in the Bakken Shale Oil and Gas Play during the ManLog Conference in Williston. Williston Economic Development

Business and community leaders in North Dakota's western Oil Patch have launched an aggressive campaign to convince more manufacturers to set up shop locally, part of a push to expand the area's economy beyond crude production and slash costs. The effort was launched Wednesday at a conference in Williston. We're just asking for a quality product at a reasonable price," Dave Ruffie, a production foreman with Continental Resources Inc., said at the conference, dubbed "ManLog" by organizers for its focus on manufacturing and logistics. Read More


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