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Top 10 for 2-24-2013

Here's the GFDA Top 10 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward!

1) Submitted a Primary Workforce Training grant application for the new "full service unit" back-office operation planned for Great Falls.
2) Helped host a visit by a national developer considering new retail opportunities in Great Falls. Met with another developer working on an I-15 frontage project in Great Falls.
3) Networked with wind and transmission developers at the American Wind Energy Association Northwest meeting in Portland.
4) Exhibited and presented our "Great Falls Pitch" at the national Public Private Partnership conference in Dallas. Met with a Texas site selector and client who committed to visit Great Falls.
5) Closed a $91,000 SBA 504 loan to help a business to purchase a new location. Began underwriting a 504 loan for a local company seeking to expand.
6) Worked with an entrepreneur on market segmentation and how to drive purchases in by each segment. Worked with a client on options for Brownfields assessment and clean-up. Met with several clients to discuss alternatives for getting their businesses ready for government contracting.
7) Hosted the Montana Ambassadors' Great Falls Chapter for a meeting with a national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education expert to discuss increasing STEM projects in our schools.
8) GFDA's Executive Committee decided our next strategic planning process will take place this Spring. Investor members will be asked to participate in determining how we put investor dollars to work in the next two years. Stay tuned for more details.
9) Another downtown renovation project was highlighted in the Great Falls Tribune. Linda and Nick Geranios are renovating the century-old Thisted Building at 320-322 Central Avenue. The new Downtown Development Partnership is working on setting goals for the next year. Let's keep the momentum going downtown!
10) The Fire Within reception to honor women business owners will be hosted at the University of Great Falls on March 28th at 6:00 PM in the Student Center Commons. Thank you to the University, O'Haire Motor Inn, Clark & Lewie's and the Sip & Dip for making this fun evening possible. Join us to honor this year's Inspire Award winner, Alison Fried, Aspire Award winner, Tracy Perry, local women who started a new business in 2012 and all women business owners. RSVP to The Fire Within is part of our Small Business Development Center that we our proud to host with funding from the US Small Business Administration, the Montana Department of Commerce and GFDA investors.
CONGRATULATIONS to Benefis for earning the rank of one of the top 100 hospitals in the country!
Have a great week!


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