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GFDA Top 15 October 12, 2014

Here's the GFDA Top 15 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward!

1) We had a prospect visit this week with an executive of a significant industrial manufacturer looking at Great Falls for a company expansion to serve the Western US and Canada. The company has made multiple visits to GF this year.
2) Received word from a national site selection consultant working with a large manufacturing prospect that Great Falls has climbed to #1 on their list of 3 potential expansion locations, and the only location in Montana in the running.
3) Analyzed the historic performance of an area business to prepare a prospective buyer to make a go or no go decision. Worked with two companies doing due diligence on potential lot purchases in the Great Falls AgriTech Park.
4) Exhibited and networked with manufacturing industry leaders at the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center's Compete Smart Conference in Billings.
5) Easter Seals Goodwill opened their new Great Falls retail store!
6) Underwrote loans to help finance the start-up of a local nonprofit operation and expansion of a rural manufacturing company.
7) Gave a presentation to Connect Great Falls, the young professional (40 and under) organization. Enjoyed discussing the future of our City with this group of extraordinary individuals.
8) Gave a presentation to the Sons of the Pioneers. If you would like one of our team members to speak to your local organization about Great Falls economic development efforts, contact Jolene at
9) Hosted gatherings of past GFDA Board Chairs and Directors to discuss progress of the Forward Great Falls effort. These proved to be so useful and fun that we're going to start doing them every quarter.
10) Welcome BNSF, the newest member of the Forward Great Falls team, coming on board as a Pacesetter Division Investor! Thank you to Loenbro for stepping up to the Advance Division Investor level! If your company wants to invest in growing your business by growing and diversifying the Great Falls economy, it's time to join our team! Contact Jolene at 1-406-750-4481.
11) This month's 20 year fixed interest rate for SBA 504 loans is 4.821%, including fees. If you are considering a commercial real estate or equipment purchase, expansion or new construction, contact Jennifer to learn about our Advantage Loans; or 1-406-771-9033.
12) Don't forget to join us this Friday, October 17th at 9:00 AM at the Holiday Inn for the TBID presentation about the proposed new ExpoPark multipurpose center. A link to the full study is available on the TBID's web site,
13) Accepted an invitation to present our Brownfield clean-up projects at the first CDFA & US EPA Brownfields Project Marketplace at the 2014 National Development Finance Summit.
14) Glacier National Park had 2.25 million visitors this year, breaking the record set in 1983 by 35,000 more people.
15) Millennials are going to have a big impact on the housing market. In the next 5 years, more than 8 million Millennial households will form. Nielsen surveyed Millennials (18- to 29 year-olds) about future housing plans. More than 80% plan to own a home someday. 75% said they believe ownership is an important long-term goal and 73% believe homeownership is an excellent investment. Nielsen said Millennials will spend $1.6 trillion on home purchases and $600 billion on rent.
Congratulations to the Great Falls Tribune and all involved in the What Women Want Expo!
Untame your entrepreneurial spirit and have a prosperous week!


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