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GFDA Top 15 for Nov. 9, 2014

Happy 125th Birthday Montana! Here's the GFDA Top 15 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward!

1) There are 2,120 Great Falls area jobs listed today on, 851 jobs listed with the Great Falls Job Service, and 383 jobs listed on Get the word out so we can fill these great jobs! Let's bring more Montanans home and recruit new generations of Montanans!
2) The first units in the Talus Apartment Homes development will be available for occupancy in April! Visit
3) Worked with a Northwestern U.S.based agri-processor to answer questions about potential Great Falls sites, incentives and workforce. Made plans to visit the processor soon. Assisted a commercial appraiser working on a potential downtown acquisition and renovation project. Worked with several existing businesses in the region who are considering applying for Big Sky Trust Funds to support proposed expansions.
4) Worked with two investors seeking financing to begin manufacturing their product. Learn about our business coaching, strategy, export and government contracting services by contacting Jason Nitschke at or 1-406-750-0314.
5) Met with a Calgary-based company that is considering the Great Falls market. Discussed recent Great Falls successes, the location advantages of Great Falls on the I-15 corridor, and our competitive advantages for business and livability.
6) Secured site eligibility from the EPA for the downtown Rocky Mountain Building, making the proposed redevelopment eligible for a low interest GFDA Brownfield clean-up loan.
7) Networked with Montana agricultural producer and processing leaders at the MSU College of Agriculture annual conference.
8) Spoke with several businesses who are working on commercial real estate acquisitions and new construction projects. Discussed the low equity and fixed low interest rate advantages of SBA 504 loans. Contact Jeremiah Johnson on our team to learn more at 1-406-750-3285 or We offer SBA 504 Advantage Loans statewide.
9) Made improvements to our online CRM templates and reports to continue to improve our team's productivity. Thank you to for providing us free use of their outstanding CRM system!
10) Keep those nominations coming in for The Fire Within Awards! The Fire Within celebrates women business owners in Great Falls and the entire 11 county trade area. The Inspire Award will be given to a female entrepreneur whose success has served as an inspiration to others. The Aspire Award will be given to a female entrepreneur who has recently started her company. Nomination deadline is January 31st. Contact Jason Nitschke for a nomination form at Mark your calendar for The Fire Within celebration the evening of March 26, 2015!
11) We updated our lending factoids this week to prepare for pitches we're making soon to try to secure more loan capital to keep up with demand. GFDA and our financing affiliate, High Plains Financial, provide gap and bridge loans to meet the financing needs of businesses of all sizes, nonp-rofit organizations, and commercial real estate developments. We fill the financing gaps that our bank partners can't finance. Our track record now totals 103 loans closed totaling $38,601,769 that leveraged an additional $146,703,546 for total investment of $185,305,315! Our cumulative write-off of loan principal is less than 0.97%!
12) Cascade County's economic development successes were publicized in a report issued this week by the National Association of Counties. The report is titled, "Cultivating a Competitive Advantage: How Rural Counties are Growing Economies with Local Assets and Regional Partners."
13) Want to get great exposure for your company? Have you considered sponsoring a GFDA event? We have several valuable, cost-effective sponsorship opportunities available right now. Call Jolene Bach to discuss at 1-406-750-4481.
14) We had to replace our computer server because it couldn't keep up with our digital growth, but it's a great server and we hate to let it go to waste. If you know a local non-profit that could use a free Dell Ultrium 3 Server, contact Jana Williams at
15) Energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie issued a new report finding that the US could secure energy independence (defined as energy exports being higher than energy imports) by 2025. Let's ramp up energy production and partner with Canada and Mexico to do it sooner!
Congratulations to the Pasta Montana team! They just passed their Global Food Safety Initiative audit with flying colors. This is the most stringent food safety standard in the world and Pasta Montana received the highest rating.
Congratulations to Malmstrom AFB on the Charlie Fire Team Trophy for the best security force team, the best helicopter crew award, best security forces tactics, and the best M4 shooter!
A shout-out to all the candidates who put themselves in the ring to run for office! And to all voters who exercised their hard won right to vote!


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