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Top 10 for the week of Sep 14th

1) We exhibited at the Oil Sands Show in Ft. McMurray, Alberta, and brought home 4 strong industrial leads, 2 of which are close to becoming prospects ("lead" means company will consider the Great Falls region for an expansion or relocation; "prospect" means company has shortlisted Great Falls). The response was excellent! If we can raise the funds in time, we hope to exhibit at an oil sands supplier forum in Edmonton in October.
2) NaturEner held a celebration to mark energizing the first wind turbines at Rim Rock north of Cut Bank. Congratulations to everyone who has worked for so many years on the MATL line and wind development to make the first phase of this project a reality! Let's keep working together to make phase 2 possible. The first phase alone will pay $2.5 million a year in property taxes on top of $1.5 million in royalties to property owners. Full commercial operations are scheduled to begin in the 1st quarter of 2013 when MATL is to be completed.
3) Signed and returned the annexation agreement to the City for the Great Falls AgriTech Park.
4) Gave the go ahead to our brand consultants to start work on the final phase of the new Great Falls brand strategy.
5) Put together a new retail marketing flyer in preparation for the International Council of Shopping Centers' Western Division meeting next week.
6) Completed our certification for the Growth Wheel, a new tool we're using to help high growth companies plan and cope with growth.
7) Benefis broke ground on expansion of its Great Falls hospice. The expansion will add 8 rooms.
8) Gave a presentation to the Great Falls chapter of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. If your organization, company or group would like to hear about what we're doing to grow our economy, contact Jolene Bach at 771-9023.
9) Our business strategists participated in the annual Association of Small Business Development Centers training.
10) Continued work with several large industrial and distribution prospects.
Look north! The opportunities for our region up in Alberta and beyond are tremendous.


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