Links Calendar News    

GFDA Top 12 5/25/14

 Here's the GFDA Top 12 for last week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward!

1) Networked with developers, retailers and commercial brokers at RECon 2014: The Global Retail Real Estate Convention. Discussed potential retail developments and prospective retail brands, restaurants and hotels for Great Falls' future.
2) Worked on marketing techniques with an existing business. Assisted two entrepreneurs looking at purchasing businesses. With one discussed financing options, product research, market penetration and historic financial performance. With the other discussed historic financial performance and project sources and uses of funds.
3) The City Commission approved a Big Sky Trust Fund grant application to support the Calumet Montana Refining expansion. If your company is considering an expansion, contact Jeremiah Johnson on our team to see what financing and training tools we may be able to offer to help fuel your growth. or 1-406-750-3285.
4) The Celtic Cowboy Restaurant & Pub and Dick Anderson Construction received historic preservation awards from the Great Falls/Cascade County Historic Preservation Advisory Commission. Great job!!
5) Two leading Great Falls companies, Falls Construction and Patrick Winderl Edward Jones Advisor, became new GFDA Community Division Investors. Welcome to the Forward Great Falls team! If your company is not yet on the Forward Great Falls Investor Honor Roll, contact Jolene Bach at 1-406-750-4481 or
6) GFDA's Forward Great Falls Annual Meeting of Investors will be held Thursday, July 24, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. Bill Johnstone, CEO of Davidson Companies, will give a special presentation on putting the new Main Street Montana Plan into action. Register at
7) The Great Falls Association of Realtors, working with employers and community groups, is organizing the Great Falls Workforce Housing Summit on June 19th. The summit will feature national, state and local speakers discussing employer-assisted housing, the regulatory environment, developer/builder finance options, rental development and homes for sale development. Register at http://bit./ly/GFARSummit
8) In preparation for the Housing Summit, the Realtors Association wants to hear from employers about housing needs. Please take a few minutes to complete a survey at
9) Help us Reimagine the Great Falls Visitor Center! The Great Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tourism Business Improvement District and GFDA invite all interested businesses and organizations to attend a special walk through of the Great Falls Visitor Center on Thursday, June 5th, 4:00-5:30 PM to brainstorm ideas for remaking the center.
10) Our next Start-Up Spark! for new entrepreneurs is this Wednesday, May 28th at noon at GFDA. Start-Up Sparks! are open office hour question and answer sessions for new entrepreneurs or those considering becoming an entrepreneur. Attend in person or via Skype. All attendees receive our free Business Start-up Kit by email following the session. Untame your Entrepreneurial Sprit on the 28th or Tuesday, June 3rd, Monday, June 9th, Tuesday, June 17th or Friday, June 27th, all at noon. Attend in person at GFDA, downtown US Bank building, 300 Central Avenue, 4th floor, Great Falls or Skype to SBDCatGFDA. Contact Rebecca Engum at 1-406-771-9020 or
11) The Great Falls metro area scored well in several rankings in Area Development magazine's annual Leading Locations report. We were ranked in the 11th percentile (40th out of 379 metro areas) for prime workforce indicators. We ranked in the 3rd percentile (12th) in 3 Year Change 2009-2012 in workforce 18-44 years with bachelors degree or higher and in the 19th percentile (71st) in total inward migration bachelors degree or higher as % of total workforce. We ranked in the 15th percentile (56th) for 1 year change December 2012-2013 in wage and salary growth average hourly earnings.
12) Montana was ranked 3rd best state for military retirees by Wallet Hub.
If you know of a colleague or friend who may be interested in receiving our GFDA Top 10, please forward this to them. To sign up, just email me or any of our team members.
Untame your entrepreneurial spirit! 


Signup to get news emailed to you



Home | Site Map | Policies | Employment | Contact Us Phone 406-771-9020
Fax 406-454-2995
Physical Address
300 Central Ave. Suite 406
Great Falls, MT 59401
Mailing Address
PO Box 949
Great Falls, MT 59403