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GFDA Top 13 for August 11, 2015

Here's the GFDA Top 13 for last week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward.
1) We published our first agricultural processing business case that details the market factors making the Great Falls region a competitive location for Pulse Fractionation manufacturing facilities. To get a copy of the business case, contact Rebecca Engum at 1-406-771-9032 or
2) Our Brownfields property clean-up and redevelopment efforts have earned us the Phoenix Award for EPA Region 8. "The Phoenix Awards inspire and recognize exemplary brownfield redevelopment and revitalization. Winning projects offer a fresh take on significant environmental issues, show innovation and demonstrate masterful community impact." The award will be presented at the National Brownfields Conference next month in Chicago.
3) First People Buffalo Jump State Park in Ulm was officially designated a national historic landmark, adding another boost to the region's cultural tourism offerings. Congratulations to all involved in this 5 year effort. 
4) We signed construction contracts for the road, water, sewer and storm water management infrastructure for the first 6 lots in the Great Falls AgriTech Park. Construction will be completed this season.
5) Passenger traffic at Great Falls International Airport set another record in FY 2015, marking 6 consecutive years of setting passenger records. Over the past 6 years, passenger traffic has increased 24%. The average ticket price dropped 17% in 2014 from the 2013 average.
6) Assisted a local business and contracting officer with a federal contract award issue in the System for Award Management to resolve an entity name discrepancy. For help in pursuing government contracting opportunities, contact Lillian Sunwall at or 1-406-771-9024.
7) Hosted three workshops in the region. Twenty-two entrepreneurs, community leaders and business professionals participated in the Websites for Small Business workshop at Great Falls College MSU. Seventeen participated in Entrepreneurial Spirit Tour stops in Choteau and Fairfield. Our next event is the CEO Forum: Serious Wine, Serious Strategy with Clint Peck of Yellowstone Cellars and Winery on Thursday, August 20th, 2:00 PM in the Providence Forum in UGF's McLaughlin Center. Register for the free event HERE.
8) We've launched our Client Satisfaction Survey that we'll use monthly to insure we're providing excellent service. Initial results indicate 100% client satisfaction! Team member Lillian Sunwall received top marks from a client who commented that..."She is extremely knowledgeable in her field of expertise and is a true professional! Her knowledge, expertise and attention to detail have made this whole process easy to understand and seamless to execute."
9) Are you looking to purchase a commercial real estate property? New construction, renovation or need long-term equipment? SBA 504 loans are a fantastic financing tool for both you and your bank. It can provide you with lower equity requirements and a long-term low, fixed rate. For banks, its provides a 50% loan to value ratio with a first lien and can help better serve business customers. For more info, contact Jeremiah Johnson at 1-406-750-3285 or This month's 20-year fixed rate including all fees is 4.909%.
10) Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana has invested at the Advance Division Level in the Forward Great Falls effort! Thank you for supporting strategies that are growing and diversifying the Great Falls regional economy and creating higher wage jobs. We encourage everyone to do business with the leading companies who are investing in the future of Great Falls. Click HERE for a current Honor Roll of Forward Great Falls Investors. Call Jolene Bach today to discuss joining the team, 1-406-750-4481 or
11) Interested in pursuing federal help to develop your new technology, product or process with the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program? Twenty federal SBIR program managers are traveling to Montana next week to meet with interested businesses and entrepreneurs at the GYRES Summit, August 17-18 in Bozeman. More info at
12) MSU's College of Engineering seeks businesses to sponsor student capstone projects. For more info on technical engineering projects, contact Robb Larson at 1-406-994-6420 or or David Miller at 1-406-994-6285 or For more info on computer and electrical engineering projects, contact Rob Maher at 1-406-994-2505 or
13) We are challenging you to get more people helping to move Great Falls Forward! Get five people to sign up for the Top 10 updates and energize Great Falls. Make sure your team, your banker, attorney, accountant, vendors, customers, family and friends are signed up to get the Top 10! Send them this link to a quick and easy sign up:  Economic growth is a team sport!
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