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GFDA Top 14 10-6-13

1) We hosted an agri-processing prospect visit; a firm looking to re-shore manufacturing operations from overseas.

2) Benefis Health Systems celebrated the opening of the first phase of The Grandview at Benefis. The Grandview offers a wide continuum of care for seniors. If you didn't make it to the open house, visit for a virtual tour. Congratulations to all involved!

3) Worked with a potential start-up food manufacturer to discuss the start-up process and statewide resources available to help with labeling and HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) training.

4) Wrapped up exhibiting at the AACC agri-processing annual meeting.

5) Worked with a local business about what materials are needed to apply for Big Sky Trust Fund and Primary Worker Training Program grants in preparation for an expansion that will add new jobs in Great Falls. Worked with a local business on its 360 Growth Plan, reviewing progress over the last month and discussing marketing that would enhance their business. 

6) Worked with an established Great Falls business owner to resolve an issue so a MAFB contract could be awarded prior to the government shutdown. Assisted another client with understanding regulations in a solicitation.

7) The City Commission approved annexation for a new 24 unit apartment complex that will add much needed market-rate rental housing.

8) Participated in a tour and project review of the proposed 15 MW Gibson Dam hydroelectric project. For information on the project, visit

9) Moderated a new Ignite Montana session at the Montana Economic Developers Association conference.

10) Registered to network with agri-processing companies at the Supply Side West tradeshow in November.

11) Signed up to exhibit at the Montana Energy Conference in Billings next April. Signed up to exhibit at the Montana Pulse Day in Great Falls in December and at the Northern Pulse Growers Association annual meeting in Minot in January.

12) The Montana Tourism and Recreation Strategic Plan 2013-2017 has been released by the Montana Tourism Office. View the plan at

13) We'll be holding Start-Up Spark! sessions for new entrepreneurs at GFDA, noon on October 7th, 15th and 23rd.

14) We're hosting the first meeting of the Downtown Development Partnership's Economic Restructuring Committee at GFDA, noon on Monday, October 28th.

Untame your entrepreneurial spirit!



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