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GFDA Top 11 For The Week

Here is the GFDA Top 11 for this week:
1) North Star Destination Strategies, the city brand specialists retained by the Great Falls Brand Alliance to develop a branding strategy for our great city, completed the Brand Print for Great Falls. Over 1,000 Great Falls community members, as well as hundreds of residents from across Montana and Southern Alberta, participated in the research. The findings will be released at our Annual Investor Lunch next Thursday. The report is honest, insightful, brutal and inspirational.
2) We secured a $255,000 Primary Worker Training Grant from the MT Dept. of Commerce to train 51 new employees of an advanced manufacturer that is working towards opening a manufacturing plant in Great Falls.
3) Montana Refining announced plans to buy the Westgate Mall for future expansion.
4) Sent an incentive package to an industrial company considering Great Falls for expansion.
5) Completed the Preliminary Engineering Report for the Great Falls AgriTech Park, a formal step required to apply to the Economic Development Administration for infrastructure funds.
6) Developed a draft survey to assess interest in a shared commercial kitchen facility and/or equipment in the Great Falls area. Montana Farmers Union is funding this work with support from the National Farmers Union.
7) Held the first monthly meeting with City and GFDA key staff to discuss how we can work together to support Great Falls businesses and developers.
8) Produced a new agri-processing marketing flyer.
9) Scheduled a meeting with the SBA Region 8 Administrator this coming Tuesday to discuss business financing and technical assistance needs, and to recognize Napa Auto and Contract Flooring for expanding in Great Falls.
10) Two of our team members travelled to Atlanta for SBA 504 loan training.
11) According to Moody Analytics, Great Falls Gross Metro Product grew throughout the recession and continues to grow in 2011 (2006 = 1.6%, 2007 = 1.7%, 2008 = 0.4%, 2009 = 3.6%, 2010 = 3.8% and 2011 projected to grow 2.7%).
We celebrated Veterans Day by thanking the many Veterans and Active Service members we know and by interviewing a local Veteran for a position opening at the Development Authority. Thank you to all who have served and to all who have served on the homefront!


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