Williston City Commission Allocates $370,200 in Williston STAR Fund Grants To 13 Projects

Williston, ND – The Williston STAR Fund is helping a Downtown Williston business reopen. Two Williston businesswomen are revitalizing Cattails. The Williston City Commission approved up to $43,000 to refurbish the interior and exterior of the local bar. Keith Olson, Williston Small Business Development Center director, said the project will help rejuvenate the business that has been closed for about one year.

"They've got some plans for upgrading and changing the look." said Olson. "I think it's good somebody wants to come in and buy something on Main Street and breathe new life into it."

Esther Ward and Leann Esterby, two Williston entrepreneurs, are purchasing and renovating the longtime Williston business.

A total of five Flex PACE projects were approved at the Feb. 13 commission meeting. The projects will receive funds from Bank of North Dakota and STAR Fund at a 2:1 ratio.

The Williston STAR Fund is generated by a voter-approved one cent city sales tax. Seventy-five present of the sales tax helps off-set city infrastructure costs while the remaining 25% assists with jobs creation, business development, and retention.

In addition to the Flex PACE project, eight ventures and organizations received funding from the Community Build program, including the Spring Lake Nature Center. Lee Lusht, founder/president of the organization said they are seeking $10 million to build a center that will educate and inspire people to be responsible for the environment.

"We are extremely grateful to be awarded this money by the city and super excited for the next phase of fundraising. Our facility will offer people of all ages a place to come and learn about, enjoy, and appreciate all the natural resources in this part of the state."


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