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Top 10 for the week of Aug 31st

Here's the GFDA Top 10 for last week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward. 
1) The City Planning Board unanimously approved the final plat for the first phase of the Great Falls AgriTech Park and no one spoke in opposition. GFDA has committed to a $250/acre donation to Recreational Trails, Inc. to support long-term maintenance of the River Trail system.
2) We prepared a proposal for another manufacturer considering Great Falls for expansion, continued work with other manufacturing prospects and met with developers considering Great Falls projects.
3) Exhibited at the Montana Petroleum Association annual meeting in Billings and networked with attendees.
4) Construction of Compass Wind's 40 MW Spion Kop wind farm is about 50% complete.
5) Enbridge continues work on the Montana Alberta Tie Line and so far has paid back $151 million of the $161 million loan from the Western Area Power Administration.
6) SBA approved a $474,930 504 loan we're making to support a business purchase and expansion. This will increase our lending program to over $22 million, a four fold increase in 5 years. We expect to top $25 million this fiscal year.
7) Great Falls based Exergy Integrated Systems won a $1 million USDA grant in partnership with the Cascade Conservation District to build and deploy a prototype of its innovative Zilo wind turbine.
8) Worked with a retail start-up to help the entrepreneurs refine their business plan to secure bank financing. Presented the findings of an operations audit to an established business seeking to expand. Met with 3 existing businesses to discuss tools available to support expansion.
9) Our Black Eagle Road project reached completion! Thank you to partners Cascade County, the MT Dept. of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. Built with funds secured by the MT Congressional delegation, this $1.45 million improvement supports increased industrial development east of the MaltEurop plant.
10) If your company exports and wants to export, check out the resources available at and contact our local ExportTech at GFDA, Rebecca Engum at
Congratulations to Sletten Construction for numerous top listings in Engineering News-Recod's Intermountain Top Contractors!


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