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Top 11 for the week of Oct 14th

Here's the GFDA Top 11 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward. 
1) Easter Seals Goodwill held a kick-off event for their new downtown headquarters and service center. GFDA is supporting the project with a $350,000 grant from our EPA Brownfield loan fund.
2) Made plans to exhibit at an Oil Sands Supplier Forum in Edmonton later this month and scheduled visits to 3 Alberta industrial prospects interested in Great Falls as a potential expansion location.
3) Met with developers working on revitalization projects in Great Falls, a potential tenant for the Great Falls AgriTech Park and a non-profit working on a new development project.
4) Worked with a Great Falls entrepreneur who is in the planning stages of opening a service business that will pay high wages. Worked through a development plan and provided the entrepreneur with local market research and detailed how to use it.
5) Worked on underwriting for gap financing for 3 proposed new businesses in Great Falls.
6) Two new restaurants are coming to town! The Celtic Cowboy will be an Irish Pub in the Arvon Block downtown. The building redevelopment will include a boutique hotel. The second new restaurant is Beef O'Brady's, a family sports restaurant chain.
7) Networked with businesses at the Montana Compete Smart manufacturing conference and gave a presentation to the Leadership Montana class visiting Great Falls.
8) The City's Growth Policy Update Economic Working Group will meet for the first time on November 1st at 6:00 PM in the City Planning Office.
9) The City is hosting a Design Charrette for the Downtown Access & Circulation Study on November 7th, 6:00-8:00 PM in the Missouri Room of the Civic Center.
10) Two of our team members participated in the National Development Council's Economic Development Finance Professional training held in Great Falls this week.
11) AARP ranked Montana as the 3rd best state for new business starts by entrepreneurs aged 50-64!

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