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GFDA Top 12 3/12/17

Here's the GFDA Top 10 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward. Download and use our updated Great Falls Growth Highlights to help make your projects happen.

1) 88,000+ people including Team GFDA met in Anaheim at the Natural Products Expo West. We were on the lookout for companies that use pulse crops in their products. Our goal is to get them to consider manufacturing in North Central Montana. For a better idea of the types of companies we are looking for and what we pitch, check out our agri-processing businesses cases: 
2) Celebrate Women Entrepreneurs!
Embark FCU and GFDA are pleased to announce registration is open for both Fire It Up! and The Fire WithinFire It Up, a speed networking evening of professional development, is on March 23 at Electric City Coffee; click here to register. The Fire Within, a celebration of outstanding women entrepreneurs, is March 30 at the Meadowlark Country Club; click here to register.

3) Cascade County issued an RFP for land use planning of the Black Eagle smelter site. The site could be a major boost to future recreation options.

4) Modernizing the nation's arsenal of nuclear weapons is the top priority for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Vice Chairman of the JCS General Paul Selva told Congress Wednesday.
5) Great Falls Public Schools has moved quickly to put bond funds to work to repair and improve school facilities across the city. Some of the projects out to bid include window replacement at East Middle School, boiler replacement at Sunnyside Elementary and the Great Falls High Fieldhouse, electrical service replacement at Morningside Elementary, fire alarm upgrade at North Middle, elevated sidewalk replacement at CMR, and electrical upgrades at Loy Elementary. A number of major projects are in design and engineering.
6) Great Falls area manufacturers will be meeting for our monthly Manufacturers Roundtable on 3/23 at 4 PM at the Mighty Mo. This informal discussion is hosted by GFDA and the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center. GFDA has been asked to moderate the manufacturing session at the International Economic Development Council's Federal Policy Forum in DC in April that will feature federal officials charged with supporting manufacturing growth across America.

7) Check out the great marketing content that the Great Falls Tourism partnership has been producing and using to bring more tourist dollars into our region.

8) The University of Great Falls is holding an Internship & Career Fair on March 22-23. See Invitation Letter and Event Details for more info and to sign your company up.

9) Are you tired of leasing office or warehouse space for your business? Would you like to move into something of your own? If so please contact our loan officer Mike Archer at 406-771-9033 to find out how GFDA can help you purchase commercial real estate and equipment with as little as 10% down and 20-year fixed interest rates. The current effective interest rates for March are 4.83% for a 20-year note and 4.80% for a 10-year note.

10) Montana ranks 8th in college affordability according to Student Loan Hero. Students at Montana public colleges pay on average $167/credit.

11) Are you interested in a new Rail/Truck Transload Facility in the Great Falls region? Join us at our new monthly Transload Taskforce meeting 3/27 at 4 PMat GFDA (300 Central Ave. #406). For more information call Jolene 406.750.4481.

12) I invested part of this week visiting West Virginia coal country communities to learn about their economic diversification efforts along with the City of Ogden's Director of Economic and Community Development. Ogden invests very aggressively in economic development. Met with the Executive Director of National Coal Heritage Area to see how they have used their national heritage area designation to grow and diversify their economy. Then, I visited with corporate leaders at the headquarters in the midwest of one of our top existing companies to discuss future potential expansion.

Untame Your Entrepreneurial Spirit in Great Falls, Montana!


Brett Doney
President and CEO
Connect with me on LinkedIn to network with the Great Falls region.

"To stumble is not to fall... it's just a way to move ahead more quickly."
Ben Cohen

Congratulations to the Belt High School Huskies girls basketball team on winning the state championship for the 5th time in 6 years!

Business Events of Note

Intellectual Property in Montana Day at the University of Montana's Blewett School of Law on March 16. Download info.
Please join the Native American Development Corporation as we continue our current webinar series.  We are hosting a monthly webinar series on various topics ranging from Business Planning to Government Contracting.  The series will be held on the Third Thursdays of the Month at 3 PM. This Month's Webinar will be on Marketing Basics for Business Planning March 16th at 3 PM. For more information or to inquire about future topics please call Tim Guardipee at NADC 406-259-3804

What looks like a great Cybersecurity workshop in Billings on March 22offered free by our Billings economic development partners Big Sky Economic Development. More info and registration here.

Historic Building Renovation workshop in Lewistown on March 30-31.Download info.

Cost-Effective Industrial Sites Available
If your company needs a rail-served, BNSF-Certified, shovel-ready site with all municipal services at your door, we have lots available for immediate construction in the Great Falls AgriTech Park. Contact Brett Doney at 1-406-750-2119 or



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