Since 1887, Williston has been the regional hub of northwest North Dakota. Located near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers, this area has historically been the economic center of our trade area. Williston continues to be a thriving economic area due to our agricultural heritage and our position as a hub city to the world class Bakken oil play. Shale technology has allowed the Bakken to produce over 1,000,000 barrels of oil per day. With the oil also came great opportunities for Williston and the Western Region.
Williston's population has tripled over the last 10 years. Well over 2 billion dollars of new construction has provided housing and infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing city. Williston's future is bright for our current residents and for those looking for a place to expand and improve their quality of life. As Williston's population gets younger, we are adding attractions that fit the lifestyle of young families moving to our area. We are excited that in 2019 we will open a new airport just north of the city. This will allow for improved air service for our growing economic base. As you can tell I'm proud of what we have accomplished in Williston. With your help I'm looking forward to the next 10 years.