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GFDA Top 14 12-15-13


Here's the GFDA Top 14 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward!

1) Continued discussions with an out-of-state agri-processing prospect in regard to a potential processing facility. We're working on several project scenarios to show the company that Great Falls is the best choice for their expansion.
2) Worked with the City and Montana Board of Investments on finalizing the infrastructure loan for the ADF Group. The Board of Investments has approved infrastructure and equipment loans.
3) Submitted a grant application to the Economic Development Administration to help fund infrastructure for lots 1-6 of the Great Falls AgriTech Park.
4) Consulted with a local primary sector business on aspects of a potential expansion of its Great Falls operation. Underwrote a loan for a local business to clean-up a contaminated property to allow for renovations.
5) Great news this week on the tourism, entertainment and low cost airfare fronts! Frontier Air is returning to Great Falls in May for the summer season, thanks to the efforts of the Airport Authority, the Chamber and supporting businesses and organizations, including GFDA. The Great Falls Voyagers extended their relationship with the Chicago White Sox through 2018. Horse racing will return to the ExpoPark in 2014 thanks to the Cascade County Commission and the Great Falls Turf Club!
6) The Montana Board of Housing awarded tax credits to the Voyager Apartments project in Great Falls that will create 38 affordable senior housing units. The City has committed $350,000 and the state $750,000 of federal HOME funds to make the project possible.
7) Met with other Montana economic development organizations to discuss partnering on Canadian foreign direct investment efforts. Agreed to partner with the state on exhibiting at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary in June.
8) Had an intense work session with a client regarding employee job descriptions, the value each position provides the company, compensation structures and performance measures. Worked with a local business to update its business profile to improve marketability for federal contracts. Researched and facilitated a solution for a client with Dun and Bradstreet so information could be updated and federal contract funds could be released.
9) Partnered with SBA and MAFB to deliver Boots 2 Business, a two day intensive start-up training for departing airmen interested in starting new businesses. Of the 12 participants, 5 are considering starting businesses in Great Falls, and 2 others decided by the end of the training to consider businesses in Great Falls.
10) The Montana Economic Development Association Board voted to hold its Spring 2015 conference in Great Falls. GFDA will host the statewide event.
11) Toured the corporate headquarters of Loenbro located here in Great Falls. The company is one of the Elite businesses engaged in GFDA's Growth Initiative. Guided the monthly PeerSpective Roundtable of Entrepreneur Elite companies to gain perspective on pressing issues that keep participating companies competitive in their fast-changing industries. If you would like to know more about the Growth Initiative and what it could do for your company, contact Rebecca Engum at 1-406-771-9032 or
12) The Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology is accepting proposals for funding. Proposals are due March 3, 2014. For more info, contact Dave Desch at 1-406-841-2760 or
13) The GFDA Top Ten means business! We routinely hear about our investors using the Top Ten to generate new leads and make deals happen. Please forward this to your team and partners. To add them to our Top Ten distribution, contact Jolene Bach at 1-406-750-4481 or
14) GFDA makes deals happen because of our investors. Thank you for investing in economic growth, diversification and high wage jobs! Questions? Call Jolene Bach at 1-406-750-4481.

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