Posted on: November 9, 2017

Minot to host legislators to discuss hub city funding formula

Members of the North Dakota Legislature’s Energy Development and Transmission Committee will visit Minot in late November as part of the committee’s tour of North Dakota cities to discuss “HUB City” funding, oil-impacted development and infrastructure needs.

Minot will make its presentation to the legislative committee on Nov. 29-30. The two-day presentation will include tours of various energy sector businesses throughout the city, as well as public infrastructure locations.

Minot City Manager Tom Barry said the city’s plan is to demonstrate to the committee that Minot continues to be a HUB City directly affected by oil and gas production and distribution. Barry and other City department heads will be providing sound data and examples of Minot’s growth. Through the boom, Minot has become a gateway to activity in the Bakken formation and home to many energy industry companies and support companies.

Minot, Williston, and Dickinson have been identified as HUB Cities, and have been awarded money from the state to help offset infrastructure investments and other costs incurred during the rapid growth brought on by the oil boom.

The committee is chaired by Sen. Rich Wardner. Other members include Sen. Brad Bekkedahl, Sen. Jim Dotzenrod, Sen. Merrill Piepkorn, Sen. David Rust, Sen. Jessica Unruh, Rep. Tracy Boe, Rep. Mike Brandenburg, Rep. Ben Koppelman, Rep. Corey Mock, Rep. Todd Porter, and Rep. Gary Sukut.

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