The pace and level of impact from the rapidly expanding oil industry started with North Dakota’s northern counties (the Bakken Region extends west into Montana and north into Canada), and is moving south. A second wave of oil-related investment and growth is anticipated from the Three Forks and Tyler Formations. Small communities are especially struggling with the impact of this development.
The timing and focus of the planning activities, financed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Substantiality Planning Grant and the ND Energy Infrastructure and Impact Grant Fund programs, as well as in-kind contributions, has been critical for western North Dakota.
A six-initiative approach to address emerging growth challenges was developed by the Region.
- Economic Development/Diversification Strategic Plan
- Infrastructure Needs Planning
- Planning and Zoning Recommendations
- Individual Project Schematics
- Lessons Learned Webinars
- Regional Strategic Plan
Combined, this initiative:
- Addresses immediate, short-term needs of communities to meet growth management challenges
- Sets the stage for economic diversification based on the strength of the oil and agriculture industries
- Supports livability and environmental objectives
- Establishes a diversified economy in the future that looks past the current oil boom