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GFDA Top 22 9/28/14


Here's the GFDA Top 22 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward!
1) The Montana Public Service Commission gave final approval to NorthWestern Energy's purchase of PPL's Montana hydroelectric dams, including the five dams in Cascade County. 
2) A prospect we've been working with selected a national developer to conduct final feasibility work on its potential build-to-suit project in Great Falls.
3) First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park's efforts to become a National Historic Landmark took a step forward with the Montana State Historic Preservation Review Board meeting on site. The Park's nomination will be reviewed in DC in December.
4) The EPA approved another Targeted Brownfield Assessment of the historic downtown Rocky Mountain Building which we requested to support redevelopment efforts.
5) The City's Planning Advisory Board supported annexation of a 2.6 acre enclave in Northview for a proposed development of 12 townhouses.
6) The new Starbucks at 10th Avenue South and 32nd Street opened!
7) Worked with a client to help navigate through the Federal IPP Payment system invoicing process. Assisted a local business with reactivating their record to be able to receive a contract award prior to the federal year end.
8) Worked with a Montana group looking at the feasibility of a new agri-processing plant. Discussed Great Falls with a Canadian manufacturer who contacted us two years after a contact we made at the Gas and Oil Expo in Calgary.
9) Began work with a new entrepreneur considering the purchase of a well-established area business. The entrepreneur selected our analysis services to determine the business' historic performance and its ability to service debt. For more information about these services, contact Rebecca Engum at 1-406-771-9032 or
10) Worked with a client to determine options for debt restructuring following a thorough analysis of company financials and markets. Discussed effective marketing strategies. If your profits are below expectations, we can help you find ways to improve financial performance.
11) Delivered Thought Patterns for High Performance to an excellent group of growth-focused business leaders. Thought Patterns for High Performance, a two-day premier leadership training that changes the way you view your business, will be offered again in early 2015. If you'd like to learn more about this amazing culture-changing training, or would like to bring a custom version to your team, contact Rebecca at
12) Facilitated three community planning sessions for the upcoming make-over of the Great Falls Visitor Information Center. This first step will help us determine what should be included in the center exhibits and what percentage of space should be devoted to each thing. Next step will be to gather ideas for space design. Thank you to all who participated and gave us great ideas! If you would like to get involved or are interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact Jolene Bach at or 1-406-750-4481.
13) Submitted an application, on behalf of Cascade County, GFDA and Sweetgrass Development, to the National Association of Counties to host a Prosperity Summit in Cascade County, bringing in experts on community asset-based wealth-building ideas to complement our economic development efforts.
14) Gave a presentation on incubating downtown businesses at the Montana Downtown Conference and enjoyed networking and learning at the conference with a sizable Great Falls contingent.
15) Gave a presentation on GFDA economic development efforts and advantages of SBA 504 loans at the Montana State SCORE Conference.
16) Published our first Quarterly Investor Letter to provide Forward Great Falls Investors with "inside baseball" information on GFDA activities.
17) Two longstanding Forward Great Falls Investors moved up to the Advance Division investment level this week! General Distributing and Guy Tobacco Construction increased their investment in growing and diversifying the Great Falls economy. We greatly appreciate their support. THANK YOU! Click here to view our current Forward Great Falls Investor Honor Roll. Call Jolene to discuss your company's investment or to become a new investor, 1-406-750-4481.
18) LAST CALL to apply for downtown facade design grants. First come, first serve. Don't let these last few dollars go to waste. Contact Joan Redeen at the Downtown Business Improvement District, 1-406-727-5430 or
19) Forward Great Falls Investors are invited to our next monthly Development Coffee, Friday October 3, 7:00 AM at Centene.  For more info, contact Jolene at
20) Join us at a special briefing on the feasibility and potential impact of a new events center that will be hosted by the Tourism Business Improvement District on October 17, 9:00 AM at the Holiday Inn. For more details about this very important economic development issue, see today's Great Falls Tribune story.
21) The State Procurement Bureau and the Montana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) network will present a 2014 Vendor Workshop in Great Falls on October 30 at the Great Falls Clinic. This is a great opportunity to discuss state contracting opportunities. Contact Lillian Sunwall on our team at or 1-406-771-9024 for hours and to register.
22) Researchers at Washington State University Pullman have discovered a new wheat gene that could allow for the development of more disease- and pest-resistent wheat.
Congratulations to the University of Great Falls on being designated a Military Friendly School!
Congratulations to the Great Falls Americans on the start of a new season of great hockey!
Untame your entrepreneurial spirit!



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