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Top Fourteen 6/8/15

Here's the GFDA Top 14 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward. 
1) The rail construction bid packet for the Great Falls AgriTech Park was advertised in yesterday's Great Falls Tribune. Interested contractors should contact TD&H Engineering in Great Falls. There is a mandatory pre-bid meeting on June 18. Bids are due June 25. We are flexible when work commences so long as it is completed this season. Congratulations to Falls Construction for being low bidder on the water and sewer work, and United Materials on the road work. Lots 1-5 are taken. Lot 6A is available for construction start this season; 19.894 acres with rail, water, sewer, gas, paved road, redundant telecommunications, electric, and heavy industrial I-2 zoning; $30,000/acre. We have an extensive array of financing, workforce training and other economic development support to help manufacturers. Contact Jeremiah Johnson at 1-406-750-3285 or
2) The C.M. Russell Museum announced an anonymous $575,000 gift that enabled the museum to purchase two Charles M. Russell watercolor paintings. Improvement projects underway at the museum include conserving the historic Russell home and studio, re-opening the Frederic G. Renner Library, reinstalling the Browning Firearms Collection, and upgrading HVAC and environmental controls. Mark your calendar for The Russell Exhibition and sale presented by BNSF, March 17-19, 2016!
3) Provided information to an out-of-state commercial development group exploring potential projects in the Great Falls market. Provided information on state and local tax abatement incentives, and nonconventional gap and bridge financing offered by and through GFDA.
4) The Great Falls City Commission awarded a $50,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to GFDA to help build our loan capital to keep up with demand. We'll use the funds to make gap and bridge loan(s) to start-ups and expanding businesses that create jobs for low and moderate income people, in partnership with our bank partners.
5) KFC/A&W re-opened on Central Avenue West in a newly renovated building. Congratulations to General Manager Brett Harris and his team!
6) Worked with a startup manufacturer on strategic goals and objectives, best fit organizational structures, market research and inventory management. Discussed operational systems necessary to provide data to manage all aspects of the business. If you are considering a manufacturing startup, contact Rebecca Engum at or 1-406-771-9032.
7) Worked with local companies on how to do market research on federal, state and local government purchasing opportunities, and how to forecast spending amounts in Montana. For help with government contracting, contact Lillian Sunwall at or 1-406-750-1253.
8) Made final preparations for the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary that kicks off this Monday. We'll have a two-person GFDA team meeting with companies, helping staff the state booth, and joining Governor Bullock for a special Montana reception Monday evening.
9) Reviewed two business plans for entrepreneurs working to start new businesses in the area. Worked with two entrepreneurs looking to buy existing businesses in Cascade County, assisting them with financing options, market analysis, and operational requirements. For small business startup and expansion assistance, contact Jason Nitschke at or 1-406-750-0314.
10) This is the final week to secure your spot in the premier live-facilitated leadership training in Montana. Thought Patterns for High Performance will give you the tools and skills needed to uncover habits that hold you back, change the way you see problems, stop you from sabotaging your own success, eliminate negative behavior, and to transform employees into positive productive partners. Contact Rebecca at or 1-406-771-9032 for additional details.
11) Montana Vocational Rehabilitation offers a wide range of services and funding to help businesses successfully employ excellent employees who have disabilities. Contact Mike Mikulski at or 1-406-454-6060 to learn how your company can use these tools to recruit, train and retain productive employees oftentimes overlooked by your workforce competitors.
12) Montana was named the Top State for Entrepreneurs for the 3rd straight year by the Kauffman Foundation. Montana maintained its place as having the highest entrepreneurial activity per capita. Montana startups per capita increased 6% over the previous year.
13) Montana ranks 3rd in lowest obesity rate according to data released by Gallup, part of its annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Hawaii and Colorado beat us for the top spots.
14) Register HERE for the GFDA and High Plains Financial annual meetings on Monday, June 29, 11:30 AM at the Hilton Garden Inn. We'll update Forward Great Falls Investors and interested business and community leaders on progress made in FY 2015 and plans for FY 2016, release the results of the Great Falls Labor Demand Survey, and feature a panel of local business leaders to discuss workforce challenges and solutions. No free lunch! $25 to cover lunch costs.
Congratulations to Loenbro on being named to Engineering News Record's Top 400 Contractors for 2014!
Congratulations to Gordon Johnson of the Great Falls Symphony for receiving the Montana Arts Council Governor's Award!
It's going to be a beautiful week with great weather plus more great news in the works. Congratulations to all of the businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the Great Falls trade area who are finding ways to thrive! Thank you to our Investors for your continued support! Untame your entrepreneurial spirit!


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