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Top 12 for 1/10/2016

Here's the GFDA Top 12 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward.


1) The Great Falls Clinic officially opened its new hospital and emergency room.

2) Two announcements kicked off the new year. Town Pump plans to raze the Townhouse Inn and replace it with a new gas station complex at the site and a new hotel at a yet to be determined site. Buttrey Realty plans to redevelop another 10th Avenue South property to create a new casino. Expect more announcements to be made soon.

3) Worked with and discussed opportunities with several existing-area primary sector businesses as well as out-of-area commercial businesses looking at potential expansion projects. Scheduled a second in-town visit with a prospect looking at Great Falls. Worked with an out of town commercial developer on a proposed Great Falls project. Started work on several new leads and clients.

4) Closed a $356,000 loan to Pacific Steel & Recycling for the Great Falls AgriTech Park.

5) Forbes named Great Falls as one of the 25 best places to retire, along with Boise, Casper and Logan.

6) Held a successful Brownfield Assessment Kick-off and one-on-one meetings with developers and our environmental consultants to discuss potential sites.  If you have any questions about the Assessment Program or a possible project, contact Lillian Sunwall at (406) 771-9024 or
7) GFDA's Job Connections Pilot project is underway in partnership with the United Way of Cascade County. Eight employers and eight service agencies are working to connect disenfranchised job seekers with jobs. We are accepting additional employers and partners. Contact Jolene Schalper, to learn more at 1-406-750-4481 or

8) Met with four existing clients and one new client developing business plans, loan packages or needing technical assistance. Reviewed the plans of two other existing clients and reviewed the loan application of a seventh client. Our first LaunchPoint of 2016  for new entrepreneurs is this Tuesday, January 12th at the GFDA offices located at 300 Central Avenue, Suite 406 in Great Falls. Space is limited for this free business workshop. Please register to attend:

9) We have published three competitive business cases for Pulse Crop Fractionation, Specialty Malting, and Sprouted Grains Processing facilities to be located in the Great Falls trade area (Golden Triangle). We're making appointments with processors to present the findings of the business cases. If you have an agri-processing company that we should contact or want to learn more call Jolene Schalper 406-750-4481.

10) GFDA's Board updated our 2015-2017 Strategic Plan to adjust to ever-changing market opportunities and investor priorities. The Board adopted goals for calendar year 2016 to continue to implement the Strategic Plan to produce real results.

11) The Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 4th Annual Ag Appreciation Dinner on January 22 in the Mansfield Convention Center. Dr. Waded Cruzado will be the featured speaker. For more information on sponsoring the event or reserving a table to support the region's agricultural industry, contact Roxy Perez at

12) The Governor's Office of Economic Development has produced a great video to use to attract talent to Montana. View it here and use it!

Untame your entrepreneurial spirit!



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