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GFDA Top Ten for 11/8/15

Here's the GFDA Top 10 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward.


1) Hosted an out-of-state prospect that is looking at the potential of locating an expansion of their business in Great Falls. Thank you to all who made this a great prospect visit! The company plans to come back for a second visit. Worked with another prospect to schedule a visit later this year.

2) Benefis Health Systems has started construction on the 16 unit second phase of the beautiful Cascade Ridge affordable senior rental home development.

3) The City Commission approved a CDBG loan to a downtown developer to complete the renovation of the Dunn Brown building on Central Avenue.

4) Sears Hometown Store announced it is opening a 6,600 square foot store in the Holiday Village Mall later this month.

5) Worked with a startup manufacturer on reworking their business model to enable financing. Worked with several clients on securing financing for their new ventures and expansions.

6) Signed an agreement with CenturyLink to install fiber telecommunications in the Great Falls AgriTech Park. Tenants will enjoy redundant fiber service from 3 Rivers Communications and CenturyLink.

7) Submitted two SBA 504 loans to SBA for approval. Underwrote a $500,000 bridge financing loan to support workforce housing rental development.

8) Hosted eight local entrepreneurs at our seventh Entrepreneurial Spirit Tour at Great Falls College MSU with local, state and federal partners. US Bank hosted our monthly Forward Great Falls Development Coffee. Spoke about Forward Great Falls momentum at the Montana Joint Engineers Conference and the AAUW in Helena. We'd love to share Forward Great Falls successes and future plans with your association or company. Call Jolene to schedule at 1-406-750-4481. 
9) Networked with national foundations and banks at the National Community Development Finance Summit. Gave a presentation about our need for additional loan capital to continue to fill financing gaps in Great Falls and the surrounding Golden Triangle. Met with experts in New Market Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, industrial development bonds, equity-equivalent loans, and program related investment foundation loans.

10) Jolene Bach was promoted to be our new Vice President of Business Development - Manufacturing Partnership Director! Jolene has done a fantastic job for us over the past three and a half years as Vice President of Development. In her new role, she will be joining Jeremiah Johnson, our outstanding Vice President of Business Development, to help existing businesses expand, attract new companies to the Great Falls region, and spark entrepreneurial startups. 

Upcoming Events

LaunchPoint, our next business strategies workshop, is this Tuesday, November 10th from 4-5 PM at the GFDA office. Space is limited. Save you seat here or contact Jason Nitschke at for more information.


The Great Falls Downtown Development Partnership will hold its annual celebration on Thursday, November 19th, 11:30 AM in the Darkhorse Banquet Hall under the Celtic Cowboy. Join us for a delicious pasta bar lunch and help celebrate downtown successes and hear about future revitalization plans! Last quarter, 4 new businesses opened downtown, 20 renovation project building permits were issued totaling $6,586,751, and volunteers donated 2,193 hours to support downtown!  Register HERE for the lunch or email me at


Our Entrepreneurial Spirit Tour will be on Wednesday, November 18th, in Cascade 2:00-4:00 PM and in Belt 5:30-7:30 PM. Join us for a fun business event to learn about the local, state and federal resources available to help your business grow. For more details, click the community name, see the Facebook event page, or contact Jason Nitschke at


The Great Falls Tribune will host the next Forward Great Falls Investor Development Coffee on Friday, December 4, 7:00 AM at the Tribune. Contact Jolene Bach for more info at


Job Openings:

Let your friends and family far and wide know about the great opportunities in Great Falls! The Great Falls Job Service has 930 jobs posted for the Great Falls area.


Director of Development

Great Falls Montana Development Authority

Public/Private Economic Development Partnership

We're looking for a self-motivated, positive leader to join our dedicated, passionate, results-driven economic development team. Help us grow and diversify the Great Falls regional economy and support the creation of higher wage jobs. Help us engage existing investors, connect with new investors, and enhance our web and social media communications. You will be meeting with business leaders to listen to their challenges and opportunities, engage them in Forward Great Falls efforts, and secure their investment in the future of Great Falls. We're looking for a proven star with excellent speaking, writing and listening skills, social media savvy, tenacity, and integrity. BA/BS and relevant business, marketing, fundraising or communications experience. Salary range $45,000-55,000 with excellent benefits, professional development and growth opportunities, and flexible work environment. Work with a great team, help us move Great Falls Forward, and make a difference in people's lives! EOE. Cover letter and resume to Brett Doney, President,


Untame your entrepreneurial spirit!




Manufacturers: 20 or 31.5 acre, rail-served heavy industrial lot in Great Falls AgriTech Park ready for immediate construction start! Gas, electric, water, sewer, fiber, and rail all to your lot line for $30,000/acre. Join Pacific Steel & Recycling, Montana Specialty Mills, Helena Chemical, and Ruedebusch Development in this new industrial park. Contact Jeremiah Johnson at 1-406-750-3285 or


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