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Top 10 for the week of Feb 17th

1) GFDA was awarded accreditation by the International Economic Development Council, becoming the first economic development organization in Montana and the entire Rocky Mountain West to be accredited. Of over 10,000 economic development groups in North America, we are only the 30th to earn this prestigious recognition. Accreditation involved a 9 month peer review process that looked at every aspect of our organization, including financial management, community support, governance, marketing, lending, business strategy, strategic planing, policies and procedures, professional team and results.
2) We are pleased to announce The Fire Within 2012 award winners! Congratulations to Sandra Johnson-Thares of the O'Haire Motor Inn, the Inspire awardee, and Kari Lane Johnson of My Viola, the Aspire awardee. Thank you to all who nominated fabulous women business owners!
3) Construction is underway for the Austin Town House Pub and the Front Brewing Company that will both be located in the West Bank One development.
4) Northwestern Energy's $86 million Spion Kop wind farm was approved by the Montana Public Service Commission.
5) GFDA's Executive Committee approved going out to bid for sewer service for the Great Falls AgriTech Park and adjoining Montana Advanced Biofuels site.
6) The Great Falls International Airport terminal expansion was approved by the City's Design Review Board.
7) We started work with several local businesses considering commercial real estate projects, helped a business with CCR and Dun & Bradstreet so it could bid on a federal contract, and assisted a business with learning how compete for a multi-year Defense contract.
8) I was named to the MSU Great Falls President and CEO search committee, along with Dr. Gwen Joseph, Interim Dean, Laura Goldhaln of Benefis Hospitals and Brad Talcott of Talcott Construction.
9) Rebecca Engum, our VP of Business Strategy, participated in IEDC's Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies course.
10) Gave a presentation about GFDA's agri-processing industry efforts to Leadership Montana.


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