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  • Dickinson Continues to Grow Despite Oil SlowdownOctober 13, 2015

    The recent slowdown in the oil industry isn’t slowing growth in Dickinson.

    “We’ve had a slowdown on the energy sector, it’s allowing those industries to expand,” said Shawn Kessel, city administrator.

    Industries like manufacturing, for instance. Recently Dickinson was named the top micropolitan area for economic strength in 2015, and Kessel says these industries have a lot to do with it.

    “It’s an endorsement of our strategy of diversification when it comes to economic development. You can’t be too heavy in one area,” Kessel said.

    At the annual Ports to Plains Conference, speaker William Fruth gave Dickinson the top spot, with Williston and Minot close behind. Economic strength is defined as an economy being able to grow consistently over time.