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GFDA Top 10 For The Week

Here is the GFDA Top Ten for the week ending 4-15-11:
1) San Diego Gas & Electric submitted a proposal to the CA Public Utilities Commission to invest $250 million in NaturEner's proposed Rim Rock 309 MW wind farm outside Shelby.
2) Northwestern Energy agreed to increase its purchase of power from Compass Wind's proposed Spion Kop wind farm in Judith Basin to 40 MW.
3) MT Dept. of Agriculture awarded us a $50,000 Growth Through Agriculture grant to help pay for engineering the Great Falls AgriTech Park.
4) Began work with a local developer on a new upscale downtown apartment project.
5) Downtown Great Falls Association became our 6th partner in the Brand Great Falls project with a $1,000 investment.
6) Made a presentation to the Great Falls Job Service Board and discussed ways to better connect job seekers with employers.
7) Participated in the Montana Procurement Technical Assistance statewide training to improve help for companies wanting to learn how to compete for government contracts.
8) MT Legislature acted on 3 bills we're supporting. SB 417, the Military Area Compatibility Act, was approved by the House 82-17 and returned to the Senate with amendments. HB 439, the Long-Range Bond Bill with funding for an industrial trades building at MSU Great Falls, was approved by the Senate, sent back to the House with amendments and approved 2nd reading by the House. Final vote in the House is scheduled for April 18th, but the required super majority is in doubt. HB 198, the bill that would return eminent domain law to what it has been for the last hundred years, was tabled in Senate committee, putting the MATL line and wind development throughout the Great Falls region in doubt.
9) Participated in wind development, transmission line planning and downtown revitalization workshops at the American Planning Association annual conference.
10) Issued fiscal year 3rd quarter GFDA financial results. Revenue YTD under budget 2%; expenses under budget 11%.


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