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Top 10 for the week of June 1st

1) Hosted a large industrial prospect that has shortlisted Great Falls for a major expansion.
2) Started construction bidding for the sewer line that will serve the first lots in the Great Falls AgriTech Park.
3) Another industrial prospect selected land to purchase.
4) TD&H Engineering is moving this weekend into its new office building on River Drive North. We helped finance the project with an SBA 504 loan in partnership with Stockman Bank.
5) Lincoln Properties sold two more residential condos and is starting redevelopment of the next floor of the historic downtown Montana Building.
6) Demeter Bioresources, one of our biofuels prospects that has proposed a major facility in the Great Falls AgriTech Park, won a Big Sky Trust Fund grant from the MT Dept. of Commerce to assist with feasibility work. Pizazz also won a grant to help with plans for expansion in downtown Great Falls.
7) Our team worked with 4 different individuals on developing their business start-up concepts, a developer considering a federal project in Great Falls, a business considering expansion, a business seeking financing and a company interested in a brownfield loan to help finance a redevelopment project. Underwrote our first MicroBusiness loan for a local woman-owned business.
8) Issued an RFP for audit and tax return work for the next 3 years for GFDA and High Plains Financial.
9) Continued work on developing a brand strategy for Great Falls to attract more business investment, skilled workers and visitors.
10) Moody's issued a report showing personal income in the Great Falls metro area grew 3.3% in 2011. Cost of living held at 86% of the national average and cost of doing business at 85% of the national average.
Congratulations to GFDA Board Chair John Koppelman on his retirement from Wells Fargo! Congratulations to GFDA Director Shannon Hoiland on being named the new Wells Fargo business manager for northern Montana!
Congratulations to past GFDA Director Bill Weber for his promotion to President of First Interstate Bank's new Great Falls Region!
Congratulations to Robin Fleek of Ruby House and Sapphire House on being named Employer of the Year by NeighborWorks Great Falls!


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