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Top 10 for 1/14/2013

Here's the GFDA Top 10 for last week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward!

1) Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana announced that Health Care Services Corporation is considering opening a 100 employee customer service center in Great Falls. This is a project we've been working on with a site selector since the beginning of October. Thank you to all who have helped!
2) We officially submitted a Big Sky Trust Fund grant application for ADF Group in the amount of $832,500, based on 111 jobs paying in excess of $16.73/hour during the first phase of the project.
3) Worked with several out of state manufacturing leads that have expressed interest in Great Falls to locate expansions.
4) Set meetings for later this month with Salt Lake City commercial brokers and site selectors who are looking at possible projects in Great Falls.
5) Closed our first MicroBusiness loan to Flippin' Family Fun, a new family entertainment business that will offer an indoor trampoline park in Great Falls. Grand opening is expected in April. We also assisted the business with market and financial analysis.
6) Participated in the State Chamber's Business Days at the Capitol. Met with Governor Bullock's new economic development team to discuss current clients and future potential deals.
7) Worked with an established business owner in Great Falls on a financing package to grow the business and analyzed the company's financials. Provided a start-up kit and planning steps to a local entrepreneur considering the feasibility of starting a service business in downtown Great Falls. Worked with a client to navigate through SAM registration in regards to a US Forest Service contract. Assisted several potential Brownfield clean-up applicants with site eligibility questions.
8) The Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit announced it will continue to hold the Montana Pro Rodeo Finals in Great Falls in 2014 and 2015!
9) The Fire Within is accepting nominations for Inspire and Aspire women business owner nominees for 2013. Hold the date for the event on the evening of March 28th! Get details and a nomination form at
10) Give GFDA insight on your business plans for 2013. Take the 2013 Growth Survey today at
Congratulations to Morrison-Maierle for receiving The Grand Project Award in Montana's Engineering Excellence Awards Competition!
Have a great week!


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