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GFDA Top 12 1-27-14

Another beautiful sunny day in Great Falls! Here's the GFDA Top 12 for last week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward!
1) Worked with two separate out-of-state site selectors to provide information and updates about the Great Falls market for potential retail/restaurant projects. Met with a potential new tenant for the Great Falls AgriTech Park to discuss lot details.
2) Held a GrowthWheel work session with an Entrepreneur Elite company focusing on 30, 60 and 90 day goals in several areas of business including Business Concept, Customer Relations, Organization and Operations. If you're wondering how The GrowthWheel can help your business decision-making, contact Rebecca Engum at or 1-406-771-9032.
3) Worked with the ADF Group on their first Big Sky Trust Fund grant draw for their first 57eligible employees. They're moving into their new on-site offices this week! If you're contemplating expansion of your primary sector business and want to learn more about how Montana grant programs may help to make your expansion possible, contact Jeremiah Johnson at or 1-406-750-3285.
4) Received the draft environmental assessment from the EPA for the Great Falls Medical Building on Central Avenue downtown.
5) Submitted a grant application to the EPA to create a Great Falls/Cascade County Brownfield Assessment grant program. If we win funding from EPA, we will be able to give grants to developers to assess environmental contamination at properties ripe for redevelopment.
6) Participated in the first of a series of exclusive Consultant Connect webinars with leading national site selectors. Produced new agri-processing and AgriTech Park marketing flyers in preparation for exhibiting at the Northern Pulse Growers Association annual meeting that started today in Minot (where it's a heck of a lot colder than Great Falls!).
7) The Secretary of the Air Force visited Great Falls and confirmed that "Malmstrom is a very important base for us. It is today and will be tomorrow."
8) KRTV is seeking nominations for "5 Under 35" to recognize young leaders who are dedicated to having a positive influence in Great Falls. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday. Nomination forms are available at
9) Need help financing your company's commercial real estate purchase or construction? SBA 504 loans can lower your equity required to as little as 10% and lock in low interest 20 year financing. Contact Tamariel Christopher for more info at or 1-406-771-9026.
10) Mark your calendar to attend the Montana Safety Services Council conference and trainings March 10-13 in Billings. Details at
11) Do you enjoy our Top 10? Are you ready to invest in regional economic growth, diversification and high wage jobs? Be part of a winning team. Join GFDA as an Investor. Contact Jolene Bach at 1-406-750-4481 or
12) Congratulations to the Great Falls United Way for achieving another record-setting year!!
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