Weyburn Regional Economic Development and Williston Economic Development share more than a similar acronym, they are driven by the same key industries - being agriculture, oil and gas and light manufacturing. Both communities mirror the same historic past as well as current cultural diversity. Being that they are only 200 km apart, they also share the same geographical elements such as climate and recreational opportunities. They are also both located within the Central North American Trade Corridor, separated by an international border.
In part, due to these similarities, the cities of Weyburn Saskatchewan and Williston North Dakota have entered an informal “Sister City” relationship to promote economic development, tourism, educational, cultural and friendship exchanges between cities. This relationship will provide both communities with a better understanding of their own community and will facilitate the freedom of exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences.
On August 31, representatives from Weyburn Regional Economic Development, City of Weyburn and Southeast College will be attending the 2017 Williston Economic Summit. Representatives from the City of Weyburn look forward to the valuable networking and learning opportunities associated with this important event.
Looking into the future, both cities are planning for continued opportunities to learn from each other and well as opportunities to develop strategic partnerships. Growth and prosperity is a common goal for both communities and collaborating in this unique way will be a key component to success in reaching this goal.
Submitted by: Twila Walkeden, Executive Director, Weyburn Regional Economic Development Inc.