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County Profile

Located in extreme western North Dakota, McKenzie County is unique in its economy, landscape and attitude. Once known as the "Island Empire", the county is bordered by the Yellowstone River, Lake Sakakawea and the Missouri River and the Little Missouri River.  The natural resource based economy is dependent on farming and ranching and energy development with landscapes ranging from rich farmland to heavy badlands. The county is home to over 500,000 acres of Little Missouri National Grasslands, an area rich in oil  reserves and grassland resources. 

Annual Average Temperature: 41° F           Annual Average Rainfall: 14"
Monthly Average High Temperature:           Annual Average Snowfall: 39"
          January: 18°  F
          July: 84°  F
Prevailing Winds:
          Northwesterly (Winter & Fall)
          Southeasterly (Spring & Summer) 

Labor Analysis
Radius of Labor Drawing Area: 60 miles
Est. Available:    3,231 males    3,152 females
Annual Number of High School Graduates: 65
Work Stoppages in Last 5 Years: None
Manufacturing Workers in Unions: 5%
Unemployment Rate: 2.4 %
Right-to-Work-Law: Yes
Wage and/or Labor Survey Available: Yes

Distance in miles from:

Bismarck, ND................................ 190
Minot, ND...................................... 125
Williston, ND................................. 46
Dickinson, ND................................ 85
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN............... 575
Winnipeg, Manitoba........................ 420
Denver, CO.................................... 600
Seattle, WA................................... 1,200
Regina, Saskatchewan................... 245

E ducation

Number of Schools Number of Teachers Grades Enrolled
Elementary 3 34 K-6 452
High School 1 33 7-12 351

Nearest Vo-Tech:  
          Williston State College - 2 year (46 miles)

Nearest University:
          Minot State University (125 miles)
          Dickinson State University (86 miles)

Libraries: 2
          Total Volumes: 30,000 

Community Facilities
Churches:                                              Number of Motels: 3
          Protestant: 6                                Total Rooms: 85
          Catholic: 1                                   Meeting Rooms: 4
          Other: 2                                       Department Stores: 2

Civic Center
          Multipurpose Arena, Meeting Rooms

McKenzie County Multipurpose Arena
          Indoor Skating, Event Center
          Indoor All Seasons Arena

Veterans Memorial Building
          Conference Center
          Athletic Center

McKenzie County Library
          Meeting Rooms

Hospitals: 1(28 Beds)                  Nursing Homes: 1 (49 Beds)
Clinics: 1                                    Doctors: 2
Ambulance: 2                              Dentists: 1
Optometrists: 1                           Chiropractors: 1 
Assisted Living: 16 Apartments

Recreational Facilities (Public)

 Children's Play Park Swimming Pools: 1
Outdoor Basketball Courts: 1 Tennis Courts: 2
Indoor Basketball Courts: 3 Golf Course: 1
Campgrounds: 2        (9-hole, grass greens)
Skating Rinks: 3 Indoor Skating Rinks: 1
Wellness Center (Health Club)  Racquetball Courts: 1
Ball Fields: 5  Number of Parks: 6

Other Recreational Facilities:

County Fair Grounds- Rodeo Arena Pioneer Village
Theodore Roosevelt National Park (15 miles) National Grasslands
Lake Sakakawea (25 miles) Band Shelter
Childrens Play Park Wild West Water Park

Newspaper:  The Roundup & McKenzie County Farmer
                      (both are weekly)
Local Radio Stations: None- Williston (46 miles)
Local Television Stations: None- Williston (46 miles)
Cable Television: Channels: 35
Post Office: 1st Class- Category G
Local Telephone Company:
    Digital: Yes             Fiber Optic Cable: Yes            Cellular: Yes
          Reservation Telephone Cooperative
          Contact:  Jim Riley                     Contact:
          701-862-3115                           1-800-822-3311

Financial Institutions
First International Bank & Trust                 McKenzie County Bank
Dakota West Credit Union                        BNC Bank 
Loan Pool or Financial Assistance Available: Yes
Type of Government: Mayor/ City Council
Police Department Personnel: 3 Full Time
Fire Department: 23 Volunteers
            Equipment: 4 Vehicles
            Fire Insurance Rating: Class 7
            Rural Fire Department: Yes
Planning Commission: Yes
Zoning Regulation: Yes
City Engineer: Yes

Utilities and Services
Natural Gas
     Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU)
     Box 508
     Watford City, ND 58854
     (701) 842-3431

Electricity (Incentive Rates Available)
MDU (City)                                     McKenzie Electric Cooperative (Rural)
Montana Dakota Utilities Co.            McKenzie Electric Cooperative
Box 508                                         Box 649
Watford City, ND 58854                  Watford City, ND 58854
      (701) 842-3431                               (701) 842-2311 

Other Fuels
Fuel Oil Distributors                           Propane Gas Distributors:
     Cenex, Rolfson Oil, Lund Oil               Cenex, Ferrel Fuels
Coal Source:
      In State Sources (within 100 miles)

Name of Suppliers: Watford City
Source: Aquifer/5 Wells
Maximum Daily Capacity: 1,200,000 GPD
Peak Load: 800,000 GPD
Storage Capacity: Overhead 2,000,000 Gallons

Storm Sewers: Not needed (surface drainage)
Sanitary Sewer: Yes
     Coverage: 100%
Treatment Plant:
     Lagoon:  6 cells
     Capacity: 1,200,000 GPD
     Present Load: 25% Capacity
Solid Waste Disposal: Landfill
     Twice Weekly Pickup

Nearest Interstate Highway: I-94 (68 miles)
Nearest U.S. Highway: Crossroads of US 85/200 and US 23

Motor Freight Carriers
Lewis Truck Lines, Inc.                         Midwest Motor Express, Inc.
Terminal Facilities: Williston                 Terminal Facilities: Williston

Nearest Airport: Watford City 
Runway Length: 4,400 feet (Lighted)
Surface: Asphalt

Nearest Airport Served by a Major Airline:   Williston: 46 miles

Parcel Service
United Parcel Service (UPS)
Federal Express
Express Mail- Post Office

Business Groups, Service & Social Organizations
Lions                                  Masonic Lodge
Jaycees                              VFW
Rotary International              Sons of Norway
American Legion                  Knights of Columbus
Watford City Community Benefit Association
Watford City Economic Development Corporation
Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce

Real Property
Taxable Value for 2008 (Watford City)
   Real Property
         True and Full Value: $35,818,206
         Taxable Value:         $ 1,721,571

2008 Tax Rate (Mills)
City                      148.83
School District       156.38
County/State           37.85
Other                       0
         Total            343.06
Bonded Indebtedness: None

Tax Example
Assuming that a new building has been erected for industrial purposes within the City of Watford City, which costs $200,000 to build and is placed on land costing $20,000, the real estate would be commuted as follows:
    $200,000=Cost of Building
      +20,000=Cost of Land
    $220,000 =True & Full Value
     $110,000 =Assessed Value
      $ 11,000 =Taxable Value
           x.34306 =2008 Mill Levy
     $    3,773.66 =Tax

State Taxes
Corporate Income:
     3-10.5% of North Dakota Taxable Income
     (Federal Tax Exempt From State Taxation)
Retail Sales: 5%
Individual Income:
     Minimum Rate: 14% of Federal Income Tax Liability 
          before Credits (Short Form)
Gasoline ($/Gal.): $0.17 

Local or State Incentives
Local Industrial Bond Capabilities: Yes
Local Development fund Available: Yes
Low Interest Financing and Interest Buy Down
     Programs are Available. 

Other incentives: available based upon project requirements 

Available Industrial Properties and Buildings
Industrial sites and buildings are available ( 3,000  to 10,000 sq. ft.)
County and city land available for business development


For Additional Economic Development
Information Contact
Gene Veeder, Executive Director
McKenzie County Job Development Authority
Box 699
Watford City, ND 58854
(701) 444-2804

McKenzie County

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