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GFDA Top 12 For The Week

1) Tonbridge shareholders overwhelmingly approved sale to Enbridge, clearing the way for construction to resume on the MATL transmission line.
2) Western Electricity Coordinating Council approved Northwestern Energy's proposed Mountain State Transmission Intertie (MSTI) to carry 1,500 MW of power from Montana south.
3) MT State Funds reported to Montana Legislative Finance Committee that worker compensation rates have dropped 20%. Thank you again to the Great Falls Area Chamber, State Chamber, legislators, Governor and many business organizations for supporting the legislation that made this possible!
4) GTF announced Allegiant Airline will add 40 flights between February and April, an increase of 6,000 seats.
5) Opponents of the eminent domain compromise we supported in the 2011 Montana Legislative session were not able to gather enough signatures to attempt to overturn the legislation.
6) One of our business strategy clients we helped to learn how to compete for government contracts won a $790,000 DOD award.
7) Construction of the water line that will serve the Great Falls AgriTech Park and Montana Advanced Biofuels went out to bid.
8) Finalized the community survey for the Great Falls Brand Development project. We'll publicize the survey next week.
9) Cascade County announced meetings next week for the draft Malmstrom AFB Joint Land Use Study. Meeting times are: Technical Committee, Tuesday, 10/4, 9:00 AM; Public, Wednesday, 10/5, 6:00 PM; Policy Committee, Thursday, 10/6, 9:00 AM. All meetings at the Cascade County Commission chambers.
10) GFDA Board and staff held a second strategic planning session to develop draft priorities for the next two years.
11) High Plains Financial FY 2011 audit was completed.
12) Sent the FY 2011 annual report to the printer.
Congratulations to the University of Great Falls for its continued enrollment growth, up 12% again this year to 1,074 students!
Congratulations on opening hockey night to our newest sports team, the Great Falls Americans!


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