- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference will be held again in Bismarck in 2018, despite interest from Fargo.

The annual conference brings together thousands of oil industry officials and experts to talk about technology, regulations and other issues. It alternates between sites in North Dakota and Canada, and was held in Bismarck this year.

“We have the facilities that work for them. We’re tried, we’re true, we’re tested,” Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Sheri Grossman said.

The Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau had a booth at this year’s conference to promote North Dakota’s largest city and express interest in hosting the annual event, The Bismarck Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/28J5CfZ ).

“We’d just like to get it in the rotation,” bureau CEO Charley Johnson said. “It would be interesting to have them come (to Fargo), but first we have to get them here.”

North Dakota Petroleum Council Vice President Kari Cutting said conference attendees like Bismarck and that “there are some perks to staying in the same place with our small staff.” Bismarck was “an easy-to-make decision” for 2018, she said.

When informed of the choice, Johnson congratulated the capital city and said “they do a great job with (the conference).”

The 2017 conference - the 25th annual - will be in Regina, Saskatchewan, next May.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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