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October 12, 2016

Cold, Blustery Day doesn't dampen spirits at XWA Groundbreaking Ceremony

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson
The first few shovels of dirt were turned during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Williston Basin International Airport. About 200 people attended the event on a cold and blustery fall day.
A cold and blustery fall day didn't deter people from attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Williston airport. The XWA project has been in the works since 2011, so the community was more than ready to see some action!  The Williston Airport manager said the new terminal will be a game changer for Williston fliers. "It will allow businesses to fly larger aircraft in on a regular basis which will allow for easier access to the Williston region," said Steven Kjergaard. "For commercial flyers you will see a dramatic change. This new airport will allow for more airlines with more destinations." The projects that may get underway yet this year geared to preparing the site for major construction next year. Some of the 2017 projects include building a facility to house aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, building a site to store and maintain snow and ice control equipment, grading the site, building the sanitary sewer system and extending and rerouting some utilities. The entire project is expected to be completed sometime during the third quarter of 2019.

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Dalrymple praises Williston Airport Project

Oil Patch Dispatch
by Amy Dalrymple

Governor Jack Dalrymple and Williston City Commissioner Deanette Piesik listen to a presenter at the XWA groundbreaking ceremony. Williston Economic Development
Williston leaders said they're building for the future as they broke ground Oct. 10 on a new regional airport. Construction will begin this week on the $240 million Williston Basin International Airport, projected to be complete by the third quarter of 2019, said Airport Director Steven Kjergaard. "This is going to be an amazing addition to your community for decades to come," said Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who attended a groundbreaking ceremony along with North Dakota's congressional delegation. Read More
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Hoeven helps secure Federal Funding for XWA

News Release

US Senator John Hoeven was instrumental in securing federal funding for the Williston airport expansion. Williston Economic Development
Senator John Hoeven helped break ground on the Williston Basin International Airport (XWA), a new $231 million facility. The senator worked to secure $54.6 million in federal funding, as well as language in the Department of Transportation appropriations bill to relocate and expand the airport. Funding sources for the project are as follows: FAA: $112 million; City of Williston: $62.5 million from the sale of current airport site & airport generated revenues; State of ND: $56.7 million from the N.D. Energy Impact Fund. Read More

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Heitkamp plays Key Role in Airport Expansion

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US Senator Heidi Heitkamp prepares for an interview with KX News reporter Brooke Williams prior to the XWA groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 10. Williston Economic Development
Senator Heidi Heitkamp has been a steadfast partner and advocate for the construction of a new airport in Williston that can meet the needs of an expanding region of North Dakota. In April 2014, Heitkamp brought Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta to western North Dakota to see firsthand the impact the energy boom has had on the state.  Read More
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Cramer applauds FAA's support of New Airport

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Congressman Kevin Cramer praised the partnership of the FAA in its support of airport projects across North Dakota. Williston Economic Development
Congressman Kevin Cramer praised the city of Williston for its five years of effort to bring more modern air services to northwestern North Dakota. "Today illustrates how big projects like this airport do not happen on their own," said Cramer. "It takes a team, and everybody here has had a part in bringing this airport to the point of reaching today's groundbreaking." Construction will begin in 2017 with a targeted completion date of 2018 on the airport, located northwest of Williston on County Road 7. Read More
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FAA celebrates XWA Milestone

After six years of planning, the Williston Basin International Airport broke ground Oct. 10. A ceremony was held at the site of the future airport Monday afternoon. "I'm happy to be here and celebrate with the community. A lot of hard work has been taken to get them here. This is for the future of the community and for the aviation demands in the area," says Sue Mowery-Schalk, Great Lakes Director, FAA. Read More




Sue Mowery-Schalk, right, kept her comments brief during the Williston Basin International Groundbreaking ceremony. Mowery-Schalk is the Great Lakes Director for the Federal Aviation Administration. She was the final program speaker during a blustery fall day. Williston Economic Development


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Leaders thank Property Owners for Supporting Airport Project

Williston Herald
About 200 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Williston airport. Seated in the front row are Melanie Klug, wife of Williston Mayor Howard Klug; Don Cardon, CEO of Cardon Global; and Steve Kjergaard, Williston Airport manager. Williston Economic Development
Williston's airport relocation project moved into its next phase Monday afternoon, when a full slate of officials broke ground at the future site of the Williston Basin International Airport. For Beth Christmann, the experience was slightly surreal, as she stood on land that had been in the family since the early 1900s. The fields now belong to the city, and will eventually be the location of the new airport's terminal. "It's hard, but we're proud. I think Dad would be very happy," she said of her late father, who had often said he thought one day there would be an airport near his land. Although the land was valued at about $2,000 per acre by a federal appraiser, the city paid about $9,000 per acre to property owners, Williston Mayor Howard Klug said. Read More
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Upcoming Williston Events

10/13           Women in Leadership Expo
Women in Leadership (WiL) will return to the Williston State College campus for its third annual Expo. Tickets are $59. News Release

10/14            Candidate Forum
The public is invited to the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce's candidate forum from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. The candidates running for the lone seat on the Williams County Commission will be featured.

10/22            Fort Buford Cemetery Walk          

Celebrate the season with a spooky visit to the Fort Buford Cemetery from 7-9 p.m. CT for spine-tingling tales from the deceased, light refreshments and much more!

10/31            Trail of Treats
The Williston Downtowners Association will sponsor its annual Trail of Treats on Halloween. The event allows children to trick or treat in a safe and supervised environment. Businesses interested in participating can call 701-580-9343.
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