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Holiday Letter


Dear Investors, Volunteers, Colleagues and Friends,
It is the time of year when we look back, remember, and give thanks for all the successes in our personal, professional and business relationships. The staff and board members from Great Falls Development Authority would like the opportunity to share our
heartfelt gratitude with all of you for your time, commitment and investment in us and our community.  It is only through your generous support that we can continue to
implement strategies that will move the community and region toward future prosperity and vitality.
As all of you know, this has been a tumultuous year with the economy, which has caused many businesses and organizations to rethink their business strategies. This past year we have sharply focused marketing efforts on opportunities that still exist in energy, agri-processing and real estate. We have also shifted resources to moving announced
projects in to construction.
Additionally, we are taking a proactive approach and will be updating our strategic plan in the coming year to be more competitive with the strengths of our region. With the
results from the Regional Economic Diversification project, expected in spring 2009, we will be able to quantify impacts and look at three strategies for diversification—energy, agricultural processing and production, and small business/entrepreneurial development, with the end result being road maps for implementing these strategies on a regional basis.
The results from the Regional Economic Diversification project will be used as a tool to redefine the strategic plan for Great Falls Development Authority. We will be asking for additional feedback from investors and business partners. Great Falls Development
Authority plans to host at least one focus group where we will discuss the results from the Diversification project, and we encourage you to bring to the table your thoughts,
concerns and ideas for economic development. This way we will develop a comprehensive strategy that is important to you and we will succeed by working together as a region, by building our community spirit, and by engaging our entire community to make things happen. 
Our region is in a strong position to achieve great things in the coming year, and we are proud that through your steadfast support, you will be an active part of making this a better place to live and do business.  Together we can succeed in true economic diversity and prosperity.
We wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year in 2009!
Warmest wishes,                                                        
Steve L’Heureux                          Brett Doney
Board Chair                                     President/CEO


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