Watford City is located on U.S. Highway 85 on the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway, part of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance. Great story about the role of community leadership needed for successful economic development. The impact of these leaders is certainly present in their community but it extends beyond their community.
The last paragraph of the article sums up the message… no matter how impossible a situation may seem, leaders address today’s problems with a view to the future. The leadership today in Watford City was not reliant on an oil boom for success… they lead the way they led before the oil boom started… with creativity… with vision and with a love for their community!
“For an oil and gas industry looking to plant firmer roots and a state unsure about funding for oil-impacted regions, all the team cares about is that you consider the real story of Watford City. The one that involves Franzen’s son or Veeder’s youngest daughter moving to town for a lifelong career; a leadership team capable of collaborating on projects and making them happen in a financially-impossible situation, and a town that has proven, if given the chance, it can turn modern-day homesteaders into first-generation Watford City residents capable of serving the Bakken for generations to come.”
The Bakken Magazine
October 22, 2014
Watford City leadership is succeeding in an impossible situation. Through collaboration and innovation with the community and the oil and gas companies that call it home, the city is helping the development of the Williston Basin continue.
A white top tent set up in the parking lot of Whiting Petroleum Corp.’s Watford City headquarters is ready for a busload of visitors coming from every part of North Dakota. For many on that bus, this will be their first time in the heart of the Bakken shale play. Beneath the tent are round tables with place cards and information packets. A refreshment bar is situated near the edge of the lot in a way that forces any patron of the bar to view the landscape below surrounding the city to the south. The view is unforgettable… Continue Reading