- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - Watford City groups have slated a meeting to discuss oil policies affecting North Dakota.

The Williston Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1kTqAro ) that the Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce and the City Economic Development Corp. would host the meeting on Wednesday.

Chamber president Darick Franzen said counties were dealing with oil-related issues such as housing, traffic and infrastructure.

“People need to stand up and start participating in the process,” Franzen said. “It is as important as ever because of the growing needs and struggles in western North Dakota.”

Mark Haggerty from Headwater Economics, a Montana-based firm, is scheduled to be the featured speaker, comparing the fiscal policies of various oil-producing states.

The comparison points to reform and raises issues that deserve more attention as oil production in the region continues, Franzen said. The topic is crucial to upcoming elections and the legislative session.

Western North Dakota has “the hottest economy in the United States but that brings challenges,” Franzen said.


Information from: Williston Herald, https://www.willistonherald.com

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