I just read a quote from Tom Rolfstad, Executive Director of Williston Economic Development, in today’s Fargo Forum. The article shared Rolfstad’s view of the changes brought about by Western North Dakota’s oil boom and what can be done now to improve the region’s future. Specifically:
“When this (boom) is all over, we want to be a better town.”
I’m born and raised in North Dakota and consider the fact that I get to spend so much of my time on this earth in North Dakota one of my greatest blessings. I’ve felt my stomach turn as I read about and hear stories of the cataclysmic changes happening on the Western end of the state.
The leadership Rolfstad and his colleagues show in this interview is like a lifeline and I had to share it.
Thank you, Mr. Rolfstad, for keeping your eye on the big picture and for using your position to do what’s right for your community.
I have to go as far as to say Rolfstad has bolstered my belief that our leaders are first and foremost North Dakota men and women, not oil men and women. If people like this are watching out for our best interests, we’ll be ok.
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