Friday, September 28, 2012

PBS Series on "Boomtown" Williston

In case some readers don't read the comments, this is a comment that was sent in earlier today:
For a great “up close and personal” look at day to day living in “Boomtown” Williston, N.D., your readers should check out PBS News Hour’s American Graduate’s series video on September 27, 2012. 
JUDY WOODRUFF: Now to our American Graduate series on the high school dropout problem.Tonight, we explore the pressures on a public school system in a city that's unexpectedly benefiting from economic good times. Ray Suarez has our story from North Dakota. 
RAY SUAREZ: There is no better economic view in the U.S. than the one seen from above Williston, North Dakota. A rapidly expanding oil boom has taken root below, bringing with it widespread prosperity and an unemployment rate that sits at just 1 percent. This city's fortunes are in stark contrast to most of the nation. Real estate is profitable. Blue-collar jobs are abundant. And much of the globe, including Asia, the Middle East and Europe, is investing in the local economy. But as opportunities and new residents pour in, it is clear that Williston, home to 12,000 people just a few years ago, is dramatically changing. 
Also See PBS REPORT - AIR DATE: Aug. 7, 2012 North Dakota Boomtown Suffers Growing Pains Trying to Keep Up with Demand 
SUMMARY - As domestic oil production increases, towns like Williston, ND, struggle to meet demand for workers, housing and improved infrastructure. For some communities experiencing the benefits of an energy boom, rapid expansion comes with serious trade-offs. 
Ray Suarez reports See 
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September 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM EDT - In Rural Williston, ND, Bus Drivers Act as School's Eyes and Ears. By April Brown.
I always enjoyed Ray Saurez. I knew I would be viewing a good segment when he came on.

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