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STAR Fund Supports 14 Community Enhancement / Marketing Projects

STAR Fund – City of Williston
News Release

Williston City Commission gave the approval of $50,000 in STAR Fund Community Enhancement/Marketing Funds to be distributed to fourteen projects on Tuesday February 11, 2014.“Williston and the communities in our trade area have a wonderful opportunity at this time to bring new people seeking jobs into our communities. Like housing availability and good schools, quality of life is becoming a bigger and bigger part of the overall package needed to convince prospective employees to move into the region. While we are always looking at job creation, the Community Enhancement/Marketing portion of the STAR Fund is intended to enhance the quality of life in our trade region and to make our communities more enjoyable to live in,” says Mayor Ward Koeser.

“We spent a full day reviewing 14 prospective projects; we ranked them and award funds to all 14 of the projects.  Projects funded were in Crosby, Sidney and Williston,” says Rob Osborn, Presidentof the Williston STAR Fund Board.

“Projects that have raised a lot of their own funds tend to rank highly.  Our $50,000 will be matched by $275,202 of additional money that these civic minded groups have raised to bring these 14 projects to fruition,” says Mayor Ward Koeser.

The Williston STAR Fund was created in 1991 after the one-cent city sales tax was voted into existence.  In 1995, the voters earmarked $50,000 to be dedicated for community enhancement projects that would improve the quality of life in our trade region.  In 1999, the Marketing & Community Enhancement funds were combined; improving a community’s future is also tied into their marketing efforts to bring in businesses, create jobs & enhance the quality of life for their citizens.

There will be $50,000 available in 2015 for Community Enhancement funds.  The deadline for applying will be December 15, 2014.  Any parties interested in receiving application forms should contact the Williston Economic Development office at City Hall, call 701-577-8110 or e-mail mailto:megl@ci.williston.nd.us..

2014 Star Fund
Community Enhancement Projects by City

WILLISTON
Opportunity Foundation, Inc. Opportunity Foundation, Inc. is requesting funds for capital improvement projects of the Wise Penny thrift store. The Star Fund portion is $3,500. The total cost is $10,000. The local contact is LuAnn Casler at 701-774-8593.

Dakota Family Solutions. Dakota Family Solutions is requesting funds for the purchase of books, resource materials for their outreach program for Single and Teen Moms and the staff to run these programs. The Star Fund portion is $2,500. The total cost is $5,000. The local contact is Valerie Goldade at 701-570-4646.

Williston Basin Indian Club.  The Williston Basin Indian Club is requesting funds to help with various aspects of putting on the annual Pow-wow. The Star Fund portion is $3,500. The total cost is $26,000. The local contact is Joe McGillis at 701-571-4375.

James Memorial Preservation Society.  The James Memorial Preservation Society is requesting funds to bring the HVAC and electrical wiring in the building up to code. The Star Fund portion is $5,000. The total cost is $6,525. The local contact is Dana Novak at 701-774-3601.

Market Place for Kids.  Marketplace for Kids is requesting funds to offset the cost of the education day held at Williston State College. The Star Fund portion is $5,000. The total cost is $31,602. The local contact is Marilyn Kipp at 701-663-0150.

Boy Scout Troop 316. A group of individuals currently involved with Boy Scouts in Williston is requesting funds for camping equipment and updates to the troop’s trailer. The Star Fund portion is $3,500. The total cost is $7,000. Local contact is Leland Tong at 701-580-2021.

Williston Band Day Committee.  The Williston Band Committee is requesting funds to bring a featured guest band to this year’s band day. The Star Fund Portion is $5,000. The total cost $66,500. The local contact is Sabrina Ramey at 701-774-9041.

North Dakota Chokecherry Committee.  The North Dakota Chokecherry Committee is requesting funds to bring unique entertainment acts to the festival and to help market the event in northeast Montana and northwest North Dakota.  The Star Fund Portion is $5,000. The total cost $39,300. The local contact is Sabrina Ramey at 701-774-9041.

Williston State College – Business and Computer Club.  Williston State College – Business Computer Club is requesting funds to purchase equipment and software to enhance the upcoming Tech-Fest (May 3, 2014) and the summer 2014 Camp for Kids. The Star Fund Portion is $3,500. The total cost $13,000. The local contact is Ken Quamme at 701-774-4207.

Fort Buford 6th Infantry Regimental Association.  The Fort Buford 6th Infantry Regimental Association is requesting funds to purchase a shipping container for storage of historical materials used to promote Fort Buford. The Star Fund Portion is $2,000. The total cost $5,000. The local contact is Mike Schwitzer at 701-226-6676.

CROSBY
Divide County Fair Association.  The Divide County Fair Association is purchasing a portable covered stage.  The Star Fund portion is $3,500.  The total cost of the project is $28,800.  Local contact is KayCee Lindsey at 701-965-6006.

Divide County Historical Society.  The Divide County Historical Society is purchasing 15 commercial waste containers, 10 resin tables and 200 folding chairs for the Pioneer Village.  The Star Fund portion is $2,500.  The total cost of the project is $6,475.  Local contact is Doreen Schilke at 701-371-2755.

Crosby Country Club.  The Crosby County Club is purchasing a fairway mower, driving range golf ball picker and clubhouse coolers. The Star Fund Portion is $3,500. The total cost of the project is $30,000. Local Contact is Grant Haugland at 701-965-8499.

SIDNEY
MonDak Historical Society.  The MonDak Historical Society is requesting funds for the 2014 Music At the MonDak series. The Star Fund Portion is $2,000. The total cost of the project is $9,000. Local Contact is Benjamin Clark at 406-433-3500.

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