HUD secretary visit

I spent about seven hours in a meeting yesterday, so got behind in blogging. Related to all of the Running with Oil stories you’re seeing this week, the HUD secretary is visiting the state next week.

From Sen. Kent Conrad’s office:

Senator Kent Conrad announced today that United States Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan has accepted his invitation to visit Williston later this month to get a firsthand look at western North Dakota’s critical housing challenges.

“We’re facing a very unique challenge in the oil patch. We have plenty of jobs, but not enough housing for the people who hold them.  This challenge, if left unchecked, could stifle future growth in the region,” Conrad said.   

Conrad, Donovan and Congressman Earl Pomeroy will meet with leaders from Williston and surrounding communities on Monday, August 23. The secretary will be given a tour of the community by Williston leaders followed by a meeting with officials from other communities in the oil patch.  Gov. John Hoeven has also been invited.