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Top 12 for 3-10-2013


Here's the GFDA Top 12 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward!
1) GFDA's Board and staff kicked off the update of our strategic plan with an exercise to identify Great Falls' strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Over the next few months, all GFDA investors will have the opportunity to help us shape our strategic plan that determines how we will put our investors money to work.
2) The final plat was filed for the first phase of the Great Falls AgriTech Park. Draft lot sale agreements were forwarded to our first two companies.
3) The City Commission unanimously approved declarations of infrastructure deficiency, the first step in expanding the malt plant tax increment financing district for the ADF Group project and creating a new tax increment financing district for the Great Falls AgriTech Park and Montana Advanced Biofuels.
4) We partnered with the US Small Business Administration to deliver a day long Boots to Business workshop at Malmstrom AFB for 12 Airmen who will be separating from the Air Force. One of our past Boots to Business graduates recently opened The Bagel Company next to Target. If you haven't tried their bagels yet, you're missing something special!
5) The ADF Group hosted hundreds of potential employees at their four day open house. ADF is very excited about the quality and quantity of applicants.
6) Great Falls College MSU has become an American Welding Society accredited testing facility, the only one in Montana! Congratulations to the fantastic College team for winning accreditation and to Steel Etc. whose donation made this possible!
7) We reviewed a very strong business plan for a local "serial" entrepreneur who will be seeking financing to start a new company. We reviewed another business plan for a company working to obtain 8a certification and assisted an entrepreneur with market research.
8) Submitted a Growth Through Agriculture grant application to the Montana Department of Agriculture to help us exhibit at the Institute of Food Technologists 2013 Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Chicago this July, part of our efforts to increase marketing to grow our agri-processing industry.
9) Scheduled a great marketing workshop, "When Technology Kills: Marketing in 2013 and Beyond," March 22nd at 11:00 AM in the Great Falls Civic Center to tie in with the Made in Montana Show. For more information, contact Rebecca Engum at
10) The SBA ranked High Plains Financial as #1 out of 212 SBA 504 lenders in the western region for the quality of loan submittals in the last reporting period!
11) GFDA has been asked to moderate the Energy Panel at the International Economic Development Council's Federal Economic Development Forum in DC in April.
12) Montana has the 7th happiest residents in the country, according to the Gallup Healthways 2012 Well-Being Index. If we can make a few more new job creation announcements happen this year, maybe we come become even happier!
Another great week. We're making progress!


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