Bakken Construction Summit examines development of Williston Basin

Source: Bakken Construction Summit

The September summit examines construction and development markets and opportunities across the Williston Basin.The Bakken Construction Summit, slated for Sept. 25 and 26, 2013 at the Civic Center in Bismarck, ND, brings together the construction and real estate development industries, service providers and other stakeholders to connect and explore construction and development markets and opportunities throughout the Williston Basin.

Although the energy industry is the driving force of economic activity in the Williston Basin, it's the construction and real estate development industries that are needed to build out the housing, industrial, commercial and other infrastructure imperative to sustaining energy and economic development in the Bakken.

"It has taken a long time to prove to developers and investors that this energy development is different than the two previous oil development cycles in North Dakota," said Jeff Zarling, president, Dawa Solutions Group. "We have come a long way since the first hotel and apartment projects cracked the nut in 2008.

"Bakken development actually started in 2000 with discovery of the Elm Coulee field in Sidney, Montana and took off in earnest in 2006 in North Dakota with EOG's Parshal Discovery. With more than twelve or six years of energy development behind us, depending on which benchmark you use, the construction industry still has a long ways to catch up to the needs of the region."

Explore a Billion Dollar Construction Market
In 2012, three cities in western North Dakota logged over $1 Billion in building permit valuations. Williston, Dickinson, and Minot recorded roughly $440 million, $408 million, and $247 million, respectively. Factor in Watford City, Stanley and Tioga valuations, western North Dakota's construction activity well surpassed $1 billion in construction values.

"The summit is a great venue to gather market data; learn more about the operating areas; and connect with builders, developers, product and service providers, investors and community leaders," commented Zarling.

Summit attendees include:
- Land developers
- Architects and engineers
- Commercial contractors
- Industrial contractors
- Multi-family developers
- Hotel developers
- Home builders
- Realtors and brokers
- Commercial lenders
- Mortgage lenders
- Real estate investors
- Private equity investors
- Land owners
- City officials
- County officials
- State agencies

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