Yesterday afternoon city, county, and state wide leaders all gathered around a piece of land in Williams County to commemorate the unified efforts of countless people to bring a regional airport to the Williston Area. Even though you were slightly cold (ok almost freezing) hanging outside in a field on a very crisp windy day in Northwest North Dakota, you couldn’t help but feel the warmth of all those involved.
Our current mayor, Howard Klug, thanked numerous people in seeing this project to fruition, including past mayor Ward Koeser and state officials. Governor Dalrymple, Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven, and Congressman Cramer all spoke to the importance of all entities working together for a project of this magnitude. This is a turning point in our area’s growth. Our neighbors to the south in Watford City and to the east in Tioga were there to celebrate as well. Come 2018, when the project really gets underway there is no doubt in my mind it will bring so much to our area – jobs to build it, jobs to run it. Numerous opportunities for current and future businesses and for our community.
The comradery between state, county, and city leaders was apparent. But they don’t do this in a vacuum – they want and need the community’s input. Further, these leaders are elected. What’s great about our county and our democracy is that we have the privilege to vote. Elect those locally that share your vision for the community and the region. This Friday, the Chamber will host a candidate forum for those running for the District 2 County Commission seat. Projects like the new airport will fall directly in the commission’s lap. How will they work with the city on this? How well do they partner? Come to the forum to educate yourself on which candidate you feel would best serve our area.
You may not have been able to make the ground breaking, or maybe you’re not able to make a city commission meeting regarding the sign ordinance. But guaranteed the Chamber is. We are there for you – attending and advocating on your behalf. As ‘The Champion of the Williston Area’s United Business Community’ we represent you and keep you informed on what is happening. With all the growth in our community the city and county aren’t just stopping at a new airport. Plans for the old airport are in the works. And they have a comprehensive regional plan update that is in a public draft and comment stage. See our newsroom for more information for public comment in November.
Stay informed. Stay involved. Come back to the Chamber website often – visit our newsroom section, blog, and calendar for more information not listed in our newsletter. The Chamber is proud to partner with other entities to promote prosperity in Northwest North Dakota and to provide opportunities for you and your business.