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GFDA Top 12 9/3/14

Here's the GFDA Top 12 for last week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward! Hope you enjoyed a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!
1) The Farran Group held a groundbreaking ceremony for the 216 unit Talus Apartments under construction adjacent to Centene. The first units will be available to rent next spring.
2) We exhibited and networked with energy leaders at the Montana Petroleum Association annual meeting in Billings.
3) Worked with a prospect looking at Great Falls as a location for a new processing facility. Discussed with the CEO the opportunities for locations, access to raw materials and financing options.
4) Reviewed annual budget goals with a new entrepreneur and discussed incentives in order to achieve objectives. Discussed different ways to incentivize based on expected behaviors and outcomes. Worked with a local business on issues with federal database registration regarding organizational structure. Helped a business navigate through regulations concerning a USAF contract opportunity. Assisted a client with a joint venture proposal to a state agency.
5) Worked to finalize details to move forward with spring 2015 construction of the first lots at the Great Falls AgriTech Park so that Great Falls will have true shovel ready, rail-served heavy industrial lots available for business start-ups, expansions and attractions.
6) Great Falls College MSU is offering free National Career Readiness Certificate assessments to Great Falls area companies. We've been participating in a workforce development group led by the Great Falls United Way's Prosperity Matters effort, along with Great Falls College MSU, Great Falls Public Schools and Adult Education, and the Great Falls Job Service. Collectively, we believe that the Career Readiness Certificates, developed by ACT and partnered by the National Association of Manufacturing, is a very useful tool to help with your company's hiring and employee development. Over 800 assessments are available to fit your company's specific needs. Contact Kelsey Kojetin at 1-406-771-2278 or to learn more.
7) Jerry Hood, Edward Jones, has increased his investment in Forward Great Falls. Thank you for moving up to the Pacesetter Division level to help grow and diversify our economy! For more information about joining the team that is shaping the future of Great Falls and the different levels of investment, contact Jolene Bach at 1-406-750-4481 or Click here to see our current Investor Honor Roll
8) Forward Great Falls investors are invited to join us at Centene for our next Development Coffee this Friday, September 5 at 7:00 AM. These coffees are a great way for investors and potential investors to gain insight into current development projects around the City and region. For more information contact Jolene Bach at 1-406-750-4481 or
9) The Montana High Tech Business Alliance has created a jobs portal to increase high tech job recruitment and retention throughout the state. Job seekers can access opportunities at
10) Flathead Valley Community College has launched an online Manufacturing program that offers one semester Certificates of Technical Science in electronics technician, machinist technician and industrial maintenance. Hands on assessment centers will be located in Havre, Helena and Billings to allow students to complete the certificates' hand-on work requirements. This is part of the statewide two year college career-focused skills effort being led by Great Falls College MSU.
11) The Montana Department of Labor and Industry issued its 2014 Labor Day Report. Highlights include that Montana's unemployment rate is the 11th lowest in the nation. Our job growth rate in 2013 was 5th fastest in the nation. Montana's labor force is now 1.7% above the pre-recession peak, while the nation is less than 1% above. Montana had the 13th fastest personal income growth last year and 6th fastest over the last five years. Montana ranks 12th among states for the highest rate of net business openings and 4th in the percent of households that own a business.
12) Kiplinger reports that the number of freelance workers in the U.S. is expected to jump 40% by 2018 to 24 million vs. 2013's 17 million.
Have a great week and Untame your entrepreneurial spirit! 


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