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Top 16 for 6-9-2013

1) The SBA approved a 504 loan we're making to AgFertilizers, LLC to support their expansion into Great Falls. The company, headquartered in Ennis, is building a new office warehouse in Cascade County. We also provided business strategy assistance to the firm. The SBA approved a 504 loan to MW Plumbing, LLC in partnership with Prairie Mountain Bank to finance the company's expansion in Great Falls.
2) Worked with two separate national site selectors, providing market and site information for potential projects. We also worked with a Canadian site selector on a potential large industrial project.
3) GFDA's Loan Committee approved a bridge loan of $386,980 to Bullhook Community Health Center in Havre to support their expansion into a new facility scheduled to begin construction later this month.
4) Worked with a start-up company on improving their financial record keeping -- focusing on collecting relevant data to make good decisions regarding management and operations. Assisted a business with FAR regulations for a federal contract solicitation. Worked with an expanding company to track progress on decisions to support further growth.
5) Plans were announced for redevelopment of another block of 10th Avenue South. Embark Federal Credit Union and Taco Bell plan to construct new buildings on the 1900 block.
6) Construction started on redevelopment of the historic Margaret Building downtown. Wines by Wednesday opened its new downtown store.
7) We produced new energy industry and AgriTech Park marketing flyers and new energy industry booth graphics in preparation for exhibiting at the North American Gas & Oil Show in Calgary this coming week.
8) Formed the Great Falls AgriTech Park Owners Association, LLC which will own the rail line serving the Park.
9) Secured a no cost environmental assessment commitment from EPA for the GF Medical Building at 1220 Central Avenue downtown as a step towards potential redevelopment.
10) Partnered with SBA and MAFB to deliver Boots 2 Business, a two-day comprehensive training on entrepreneurship opportunities and feasibility determination. Six soon to be retiring Airmen participated in the training, two of whom are looking to grow businesses in Great Falls.
11) The draft of the City's new Growth Policy is available on the City's web site. The draft will be considered by the Planning Advisory Board this Tuesday, June 11, at 3:00 PM in the Civic Center.
12) Great Falls College MSU is holding Public Welding Information Sessions on Wednesday, June 12 at 3:30 and 4:30, and on Tuesday, July 16 at 3:30 and 4:30. The sessions will be held in the Trades Building on campus. Visit with college staff and faculty, explore the welding facility and get your questions answered about welding opportunities in Great Falls. Food and refreshments!
13) GFDA's Board and investors held a strategic planning session as part of our process to update our priorities for the next two years. The Board also approved our budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st.
14) This week's state oil and gas lease auction resulted in 3,758 acres of state land in Cascade County leased for exploration. Additional acres were leased in Glacier, Meagher, Toole, Hill and Fergus counties.
15) Untame Your Entrepreneurial Spirit in Great Falls, Montana! Researchers at the University of Texas placed Montana in the top 10 of states where entrepreneurs thrive. The US entrepreneurial spirit is associated with personality characteristics such as being socially engaging, responsible, creative, able to handle stress and at times uncompromising. All of the top 10 states are in the West. No surprise to us!
16) GFDA's Board voted to endorse the Great Falls Public Schools levy. We support the levy because of its direct connection with keeping and attracting skilled talent for Great Falls companies, particularly families with children. In order to achieve our mission of growing and diversifying the Great Falls economy and supporting the creation of high wage jobs, we need a school district that provides an education heads and shoulders above what's available in our competing communities. We need the school district to continue to support and create trades programs that lead to new high wage job opportunities. GFPS plays a central role in our business attraction and expansion efforts. The district was very engaged in our successful competition for ADF International. For these reasons, we urge you to support this year's levy.

Congratulations and thank you to all involved in the expansion of the Benefis Peace Hospice Residential Facility which was unveiled this week!


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