The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference will be back in Bismarck-Mandan, May 20-22, 2014.

The 2012 Conference had record attendance of 4,051 people, breaking the record set in 2010 by nearly 1,300 people. Of the 4,051 attendees, 653 were from Bismarck-Mandan.

Attendees came from 47 states, seven provinces, and nine countries. The Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau estimated delegates spent more than $1.9 million. With several new hotels the 2014 attendees should find accommodations within Bismarck-Mandan, resulting in a greater financial impact on Bismarck-Mandan.

“The 2012 conference was a huge success and we hope to bring 4,000 attendees back here, again,” North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness said in a release. “Bismarck is a great location and we received many positive comments from our attendees ... Our exhibit space sold out within 17 minutes in 2012.”

Businesses to open this summer on Main Avenue

Rick Becker said businesses are set to begin opening in his building at 510 E. Main Ave. this summer.

Becker said the Drunken Noodle, which was slated to be a part of the project, has pulled out. He said the owners of the restuarant, which has locations in Fargo and Grand Forks, decided the “timing wasn’t right” to open in Bismarck.

“A restaurant would have been nice but I can’t wait for one,” he said.

Becker said he has a retail tenant interested in the space instead. He is unable to release any other information because the lease has not yet been signed.

The building is still slated to have a mix of retail, restaurant and office space. Becker said most of the spaces are slated to be filled but there is still some room on the third and second floors.

“The third floor would make a great office,” he said.

Engineering firm adds Williston location

Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. has purchased the former Trinity Community Clinic in Williston.

The former 15,860-square- foot clinic at 1102 Main St. will be remodeled into offices for the firm’s staff and will include space for additional tenants, according to a release.

AE2S has been a consultant to the city of Williston for 15 years. Due to increasing work load in the region and an increase in the number of employees, the firm decided to locate in the city.

AE2S decided to purchase and revitalize an existing building rather than build a new one. The renovation is expected to take six to eight months, and AE2S plans to move into the new space by the end of the year.

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