Published 8:00 a.m. MT August 20, 2019
What Carlsbad can learn from how a small town in North Dakota manages a boom and bust cycle of the oil and gas industry.
Adrian C Hedden, Carlsbad Current-Argus
Carlsbad has struggled in recent years to meet the demands of oil and gas boom in the Permian Basin.
It is not possible to meet the current housing needs that are infringing a magical population, addressing roads and diversifying infrastructure and diversifying its economy, the small town to the south-east of New Mexico is working through the most challenging challenges. greater in its long history.
Williston City, North Dakota saw many of the same challenges when oil began to flourish then about a decade ago.
Today, the city, the diverse economy and the growing and growing medieval population of the city.
The Current-Argus sat down with Shawn Wenko, director of economic development in City of Williston, to discuss what his home did to benefit from the boom and to survive the sudden growth.
How did Williston's relationship with the oil and gas industry change?
Shawn Wenko, executive director of City of Williston Development Development in Williston, North Dakota, is interviewed on Thursday, 15 August 2019. (Photo: Nathan J Fish / Sun-News)
Agriculture, oil and gas and tourism are the major economies that Williston enters into. Agriculture has dominated agriculture over the last 10 years. we had three different cases up and down, boom cases and bullocks.
"I was born and raised here. And I did what many people did back in the day when I graduated in the early 90s and moved away because there were not many opportunities here to go around."
"Until around the early 2000s, there were concerns in this community that you were looking at a lot of professional services, the baby boomers wanted to retire and who was to become a dentist as solicitors back to this area. "
How did the city flourish?
"Proceed to the oil and gas play when the Bakken shale was discovered and how to remove that oil from the shale, which truly happened. We managed to triple the size of the city. We passed through until we saw a delay in 2014.
"The average age has fallen to about 30 years of age, so we're one of the best places for thousands of years old. These are job opportunities here. This world is in line with this area, who thought a sushi restaurant would have been successful 20 years ago?
How was the city prepared for the boom?
“I wouldn't say we were unhappy. When we have a community like Williston, we went through a lot of things. I don't think anyone understood the upcoming tsunami.
"We started behind the game right away. We spent a lot of time trying to come up. When things got worse in 2014, you will hear many of the community officials who said that this was not a bad thing because we gave the opportunity for everyone to catch their breath. We delayed for a few years and then we picked up where we were. "
What did the City do to adapt to growth?
"Trying to address some of the infrastructural issues, there were many challenges here. There were so many people coming to this area. Housing was a challenge. The infrastructure itself was not able to cope with the people who faced it. But you look at what went into Williston and west North Dakota, and we are talking billions of dollars in infrastructure to help handle the increase in activity.
Today, we will see that we have a great focus on the development of life. We work with restaurants and retailing. We have a huge number of jobs in this area. But we can have all the jobs we want but if we have a community no one wants to live there, we are still meeting those challenges.
How did Williston diversify his economy during the boom?
The longevity of the oil and gas industry varies. That's your main industry. If you help keep that up, diversification is coming. We are looking very much at entrepreneurs.
They are coming through the doors and may have an idea that they are working with oil and gas to reduce costs and increase efficiencies. We are saying that this product may have some other applications in the municipality sector, in the agriculture sector, something like that. That is where we are looking at our diversification.
What is the City doing to handle its continued growth?
Oil was discovered in Williston for the first time in 1951. Years later, oil and gas became one of the major economies for the small town of North Dakota.
Nathan J. Fish, Las Cruces Sun-News
The city is working to promote greater economic growth. He is taking things with the means to handle. You see a new $ 100 million wastewater treatment facility that we have put in place to handle growth, a $ 260 million airport that we are implementing to handle growth. They took these things for the future. They will be taken once. We didn't want to build something and two years later it's not big enough.
What you want to watch with this community is that you want to make hay when the sun is separating. Is there a challenge that the bottom may fall out? Sure. I think we are preparing for long-term economic growth. The industry continues to improve with technology. This reduces its break-even point.
What will Williston's future look like?
We raised 50 years of development in five years. It was nice to get that thing in the hand. Now with the investors and the equity that comes into the area, they look at a more reasonable reimbursement than they were 10 years ago. It was very fast, make good money and give money out.
Today, we have more long-term investments. I believe this thing has good legs.
Adrian Hedden can be reached at 575-628-5516, email@example.com or @AdrianHedden on Twitter.
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