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GFDA Top 13 July 6, 2014

Here's the GFDA Top 13 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward! 

 1) Met with an out-of-state industrial prospect on the company's second visit to Great Falls.
2) Worked with another out-of-state business that's looking at expanding operations into Great Falls. Connected the company with resources to make their new operation work smoothly.
3) Travelled to meet with two out-of-town clients to work on getting their Great Falls projects into construction.
4) Worked with a local non-profit on arranging bridge financing for construction.
5) Developed a memorandum of understanding with the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center as part of our new Great Falls Manufacturing Partnership. More details to follow.
6) Signed-up to exhibit at the Intermountain Energy Summit that will be held in August in Idaho Falls to explore Great Falls energy industry opportunities in Idaho and Utah.
7) The City Commission approved leasing the Great Falls Visitor Center to the Convention and Visitors Bureau for 3 years, in partnership with the Tourism Business Improvement District, GFDA and what we anticipate to be many partners.
8) I-State trucking started construction of its new Great Falls facility.
9) The Secretary of USAF visited Malmstrom AFB and confirmed that the base will get about a third of the 1,100 new positions being added to the nation's nuclear missile squadrons.
10) Met with the Great Falls Homebuilders Association to work on plans for the new Great Falls Relocation web site that the Homebuilders are putting together.
11) GFDA's private investors in the Forward Great Falls effort re-elected Board members Dexter Busby of Calumet Montana Refining, Robert Butcher of US Bank, Deb Evans of Embark Federal Credit Union, Allan Frankl of Dick Anderson Construction, Jerry Hood of Edward Jones, Ted Lewis of First Interstate Bank and Eugene McAllister of the University of Great Falls. Thank you for your continued service to grow and diversify the Great Falls economy and support the creation of high wage jobs!
12) Join keynote speaker Bill Johnstone, CEO of Davidson Companies, at the Forward Great Falls GFDA Annual Investors Meeting, Thursday, July 24, 11;30 AM-1:30 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn. Lunch is $25; register at
13) Registration opened for the 2014 Montana Downtown Conference, September 24-26 in Helena. Register at
Congratulations to the Great Falls Lions Club for the new climbing rock in Lions Park!


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