Monthly Archives: December 2016

Still Growing

Still growing…

While 2016 was a slower year for some, for others, it has been just as busy as in the past few years.  2016 has seen more single family home sales YTD than in 2015, for example, and new residential and new commercial permits are up slightly over 2015.  This community continues to grow and therefore continues to need good infrastructure and planning around it.   Williams County and the city of Williston have been busy working on an updated Regional Plan.   The population has tripled since the existing plans (put in place in 2010) and even their not so optimistic projections still puts the population at ~42,000 in 2040 (within city limits).   There is also a transportation plan to address future travel demand complete with a list of improvement projects needed – short and long term.  In November, there was an open house on these plans which had been refined after public input.

In much the same way, there will be a chance for you to give your input on the way the Sloulin Airport Field will eventually be redeveloped.  This unique opportunity may seem years away since the new airport isn’t set to open until 2019, but in terms of planning, it’s the right time to collect data from the public which will be included in the concept proposed to the city.  You have a chance to weigh in on what your community will look like!  Make sure to get out your 2017 calendars and mark the dates for public input – February 22nd, June 7th, and September 20th (location and times TBD).   The opportunity for an available 850 acres in the middle of a city is an extremely rare one and is one the city is considering carefully.  It warrants community input for realistic yet innovative planning.  You take out what you need to add the infrastructure you still have about 650 acres which is vital to plan for:  something iconic or historic, something driven by the market, economically diverse and complementary to existing businesses, yet financially viable.

The buzz around town before the blizzard slowed us all down was one of excitement – the energetic feeling was almost palpable.  As 2016 comes to a close, I hope all of you have had a great year – in one way shape or form!  Looking forward to 2017, I wish you and your business all the best.  Keep checking back with your chamber to stay informed and engaged.  Our online calendar will have all the up to date information on meetings and events.   This is a great growing community and I’m grateful you are a part of it!


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

It may also be the busiest time of the year!  With Christmas only 5 days away, you have just enough time to shop for those last minute gifts at our local businesses.  Chamber members value your support of their stores and aim to give you a deal.  Check out our website for the new Chamber Coupon Corner.  If you’re like me, you love a good deal.  But shopping local is much more than just getting a good deal, it’s about supporting your community.   By shopping at local businesses, you may be supporting you or your neighbor’s employer.  These businesses in town they most likely donated goods to your club or your kid’s sports team.  They ultimately collect sales tax which goes back to the community for everything we may take for granted on our daily grinds.  Like the road we take to work, the park we stop by on a nice day, the police and firefighters who keep us safe, (even more recent) the plows who clear the streets for us.

I have said it before in my blogs, but I’ll say it again:  When Williston area retail and businesses are strong, we are all strong.  The natural result of spending money where you live is having a stronger community and thriving businesses.  When you shop local you support our area.  You can help others while helping yourself:  finish off your Christmas list AND do it locally!

So check back often as more Chamber members post their specials on our site – find out what they can offer you.  Not only will you get a deal, but you will be supporting the businesses that support the community as well.  That’s something you can get behind and will indeed make this a wonderful time of year for us all!


#willistonwide #shopwillistonwide



Chamber Business Academy

The Chamber is always working for our members and constantly seeking to improve upon the benefits we provide.  I am excited to announce to you our newest benefit – the Chamber Business Academy – through an innovative workforce development partnership with Train ND Northwest.

This collaboration will support our members’ business, professional, and personal development by providing training courses at a discounted cost to Chamber members!  Through this partnership, Chamber member employees can upgrade their skills and improve professionally – creating a highly-trained workforce which will undoubtedly benefit our businesses and our area.   The Chamber understands the value skilled employees offer to their employers and has seen the growth of TrainND Northwest’s instructor-led and online training programs.  To me, it seemed natural for our members to take advantage of these courses, but taking it a step further, we wanted to make it even more advantageous.

Beginning in the new year, take advantage of classes TrainND provides such as professional development, leadership success, and computer software training.   Become more competitive this first session and stay tuned to find out more about the program.

Check the 2017 TrainND catalog for courses and visit the Chamber website  or call 701-577-6000 for more information.  Discount applies only to Chamber members in good standing.  Chamber members must mention their code when registering.

Now more than ever is the right time to invest in your business by investing in yourself and your employees.  The Chamber is proud to be able to offer a way to upgrade your skills more affordably – through the power of partnerships!



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