Williston Economic Development
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Williston Economic Development

Shawn Wenko, Executive Director

Directs economic development initiatives to achieve the goals and directives as outlined by the economic development plan.  Oversee business relations, policy development and overall operation/direction of the office.


Ann Kvande, Events Coordinator

Coordination and implementation of economic development events.  I.E. Stakeholders, WED Summit, ManLog, Job Fair, Holiday Open House, Energy Alliance, Legislative tours/visits, etc.  Oversee website development and content management.  Management of "Partners System" website content.


Barb Peterson, Communications Coordinator

Produces a weekly e-newsletter called the Williston Wire which includes original stories about the people, industry and economy of Williston, important community events and Williston-related news from other organizations.  Manages public relations and advertising for Williston Economic Development.  Coordinates press conferences and produces press releases for the City of Williston.  Collaborates with news media seeking information about Williston and the Bakken Shale Play.

Brenda Schmidt, Administrative Assistant

Performs office administrative and office support.  Oversees all aspects of STAR Fund and WREDC.  Social media content management.  Contact database management.  Representation of "Positively Williston" campaign.