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Top 10 for the week of Aug 17th

Here's the GFDA Top 10 for last week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward. 
1) Met with City staff to go through a new annexation agreement draft for the Great Falls AgriTech Park. Met with County Commissioners to seek their support for a grant application to the state so we can move ahead with planning for Phase 2 of the Park.
2) Worked with several prospects considering Great Falls. Prepped for an upcoming prospect visit.
3) Worked with an existing Great Falls business to get ready for applying for a bank loan, an entrepreneur looking to start a new business, a company having difficulty with the federal government''s new SAM (Systems Award Management) payment process, and a business that has started to use our 5-Point Dashboard to speed growth.
4) GFDA's Executive Committee approved a one year renewal of our Procurement Technical Assistance Center to assist companies in the Great Falls region with government contracting. We will use about $23,000 in local GFDA investor funds to match $23,000 a federal service contract in order to continue to provide this popular service.
5) Participated in the Native American Development Corporation's economic development conference in Billings. Assisted in training Native business service providers.
6) Accepted a speaking engagement to represent Great Falls at the annual International Economic Development Council conference.
7) Our independent auditors were in the office all week conducting their annual field work.
8) We learned from the National Association of Development Organizations that the two Innovation Awards we won are the only awards this year in the Rocky Mountain West (including Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming).
9) Construction is well underway on Pacific Steel & Recycling's new corporate headquarters in downtown Great Falls.
10) Registration opened for the Montana Downtown Conference that will be held in downtown Great Falls on October 24-25. Register at the Downtown BID's web site
Congratulations to the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce for kicking off another class of Leadership Great Falls!
Congratulations to CTA for being shortlisted for an Engineering Award by World Architecture News for its downtown Great Falls office!


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