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GFDA Top 8 for 12/6/15

Here's the GFDA Top 8 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward.


1) Received SBA approval on a $583,000 Real Advantage 504 loan for the purchase and remodel of an existing business. The SBA 504 loan program offers low fixed interest rates and a 10-20% equity requirement to finance fixed assets for commercial projects. To find out if your project qualifies, please contact Jennifer Rogers at  or 406-350-1204.
2) The MT Grain Growers had their 60th annual convention this week! We met with several businesses interested in our business cases for specific Agri-processing opportunities in the Golden Triangle. To learn more contact Jolene at 406-750-4481 or

3) Marketed business case opportunities, networked with companies engaged in the pulse industry, participated on a panel and promoted agri-processing in the Great Falls trade area at the Montana Organics Association Annual Conference in Bozeman.
4) The City of Great Falls and partners broke ground on the new River Overlook. Congratulations to all who have toiled for years to make this happen!

5) Thank you ADF International for joining Forward Great Falls as a Leadership Division Investor! Be part of the team changing the future of Great Falls, invest in Forward Great Falls! Call Jolene Bach to learn more, 406-750-4481.

6) Jeremiah took part in NEXT 2015, an inaugural invitation-only event for 20 of the "next" leaders in economic development throughout the nation which took place in Dallas, Texas. The three-day event was a terrific opportunity to re-charge, reflect and learn from other successful economic developers in an open forum for all topics related to the profession.
7) Glacier National Park set a new visitation record. Through November, the Park had attracted 2.35 million, topping last year's record 2.33 million, an increase of 1.7%.

8) Can we speak at your next club, association, or staff meeting? We are looking for more opportunities to share the strategies used to move Great Falls Forward! Call Jolene to discuss, 406.750.4481.


Upcoming Events

Our next LaunchPoint event for new and experienced entrepreneurs has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 15th from 4-5pm at the GFDA offices at 300 Central Avenue, Suite 406. For more information or to register to attend, contact Jason Nitschke at or click here.


Untamed 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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