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Top 12 for 1-27-2013

Here's the GFDA Top 12 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward!

1) Worked with site selectors on a call center operation that could start with 100 employees and grow to 250 over the next few years. Worked with the ADF Group to plan an upcoming open house for prospective plant employees.
2) Worked with an entrepreneur interested in utilizing an SBA 504 loan to purchase a building, with two developers on redevelopment projects, with a local business to explore expansion financing and incentive possibilities, and with a proposed business start-up on property tax incentives.
3) Discussed expansion plans with a local entrepreneur focusing on a strategy for manageable growth. If you are making expansion decisions for 2013, contact Rebecca Engum at 771-9032 or
4) Met with brokers, developers and site selectors in Salt Lake City and participated in the ICSC Mountain States Exchange.
5) American Pipe & Supply and Greenberry Industrial announced plans to build a modular equipment assembly facility in Cut Bank that could employ 60 people.
6) Testified before the Montana Legislative Joint Committee on Appropriations General Government Subcommittee to secure support for the Primary Worker Training Program. The Committee voted to support an additional $400,000 a year for this important tool. Thank you to Sen. Ed Buttrey for making the motion! The Senate Energy & Telecommunications Committee supported SB 45 by a 12-1 vote. The bill would add allow new hydro electric generation capacity to qualify as renewable energy.
7) The Kobe Seafood & Steak restaurant opened in the award-winning West Bank One development!
8) We scheduled an event with Easter Seals Goodwill, EPA and DEQ to celebrate the ongoing brownfield clean-up for Easter Seal's new downtown headquarters. Join us this Tuesday, January 29 at 2:00 PM for a progress report and site tour.
9) Met with the head of ACT's Work Ready Communities team to discuss enhancing Great Falls workforce development efforts using ACT and National Association of Manufacturer's tools.
10) The Fire Within Inspire and Aspire award nominations close on February 1st. Get your nomination in today for a woman business owner who is truly amazing. Nomination forms can be downloaded at
11) The Great Falls branding strategy is being used by several organizations to market Great Falls. Congratulations to the TBID and CVB for the great-looking new meeting planner that will be used to attract more conferences, conventions and events to our city!
12) Congratulations to GFDA team member Jolene Bach who has been promoted to Vice President of Development. Jolene is responsible for GFDA's investment, investor and community relations and public policy efforts.

Have a great week!


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