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GFDA Top 10 For The Week

Here's the GFDA top 10 for this week:
1) Awarded the water line contract for the Great Falls AgriTech Park and submitted detailed rail construction plans to BNSF.
2) Received confirmation from agri-processing prospect that it intends to move forward with a new pulse processing plant. Submitted Growth Through Agriculture support letter to MT Dept. of Agriculture for the project.
3) NeighborWorks Great falls joined the Great Falls rand Alliance with a $1,000 investment toward developing the branding action plan. Presented the Great Falls Brand Print to the Great falls Museum Consortium.
4) Northwest Energy plans to invests $6.3 million this year in its Great Falls district.
5) Started work with two entrepreneurs, one who had questions about starting up a new business and one wants to buy an existing Great Falls business.
6) Underwrote an SBA 504 loan for a Great Falls business looking to expand into a new location and renovate the building.
7) Hosted North Industrial Task Force meeting to discuss next steps in transportation improvements to open up land near MaltEurop for industrial development.
8) At the Economic Outlook in Great Falls this week, UM's Bureau of Economic and Business Research projected 1.8% growth in NonFarm Labor Income for the Great Falls metro area (Cascade County) in 2012. This is higher than actual results for the last 4 years: 0.4% in 2008; 1.0% in 2009; 1.4% in 2010; and, 0.2% in 2011. Projections for future years are 2.0% in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The complete Outlook program can be found on the BBER web site.
9) Association of Defense Communities has asked GFDA to present a session titled "Leveraging Missions to Spark Economic Development" at its winter meeting in February.

10) The Tax Foundation ranked Montana as having the 8th best business tax climate in the country.


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