How North America's oil town could give information to Carlsbad's survival

Adrian Hedden, Carlsbad Current-Argus

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?

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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?


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