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GFDA Top 16

Here's the GFDA Top 16 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward. World Cup Soccer champion Abby Wambach was back in town this week to share her inspiration with Great Falls kids. Why does Abby keep coming back? "There's some sort of energy that is Great Falls for me, that attracts me to it, something wild and adventurous there," Abby Wambach. We couldn't have said it better!

1) Helena Chemical purchased a 23-acre lot in the Great Falls AgriTech Park. The Tennessee-based company plans to start construction this fall on a major agricultural supply facility to serve the Golden Triangle and beyond.
2) We held a pre-construction meeting with BNSF and released Shucker Construction's contract for installation of rail in the AgriTech Park. Energy West began work on installing gas service for the Park. More details in the Sunday Tribune here.
3) With the sale of lots in August and September, we've donated $8,736 to Recreational Trails, Inc. to support maintenance of the Rivers Edge Trail.
4) The Opportunity for Specialty Malting in the Great Falls Montana Region is now available. To read about the competitive advantages the Great Falls Montana Region has, contact Rebecca Engum at to receive your copy of this business case or our other recently published cases on Pulse Fractionation and Sprouted Grains.
5) Our own Rebecca Engum has been chosen to be Great Falls' first Tourism Director. Congratulations Rebecca! This is great news for the new Great Falls Tourism Alliance's efforts to grow our tourism industry, which also helps us to attract new residents, entrepreneurs and companies. More details in the Great Falls Tribune.
6) Now we need to find a new Manufacturing Partnership Director to build on our recent industrial successes. Please forward this fantastic career opportunity to your friends and colleagues: GFDA Manufacturing Partnership Director Job Posting
7) Congratulations to Big Sky Auto for paying our loan off early and securing 100% bank financing! A special thanks to First Interstate Bank and Scott Anderson for partnering with GFDA to support the continued success of this business.
8) GFDA was awarded the Phoenix Award for excellence in brownfield redevelopment at the National Brownfields Conference in Chicago. Gave a presentation on the creative ways we've used EPA brownfield funds, coupled with other economic development tools, to help entrepreneurs and developers redevelop properties in Great Falls.
9) Worked with two small business clients and one new client looking to secure financing for expansion projects. Primarily discussed equity requirements and cash flow projections as part of loan packages. For assistance financing your entrepreneurial endeavor, contact Jason Nitschke at
10) More exciting construction starts this week, including the new UGF soccer and lacrosse field on campus, infrastructure for the first lots in the Great Bear Innovation Park, and a new retail building in the West Bank Urban Renewal Area for Cellular Plus.
11) Several interesting reports were issued this week that you may want to check out, including Great Falls College MSU's Report to the Community, the Montana Labor Day Report, and the Montana State of Manufacturing Report.
12) KYSO Corporation joined the Forward Great Falls effort as an Advance Division Investor and Brad Livingston joined as a Community Division Investor. Thank you! If you are interested in learning more about investing in moving Great Falls Forward, contact Jolene at 1-406-750-4481.
13) The GFDA Board named Collette Hanson of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana as a new Director and Scott Patera of Northwestern Energy as a new Honorary Director. Welcome!
14) We are pleased to announce that Jill Kuntz will be joining the GFDA staff team on Tuesday as Lending & Business Development Associate. Jill will support our growing lending and business development efforts. She brings 17 years experience in the mortgage and financial industry, customer service and management. She earned Bachelor of Sociology and Associate of Business degrees from the University of Great Falls, and most recently worked as a Personal Trust Administrator at Davidson Trust Co. Welcome Jill!
15) GSA is moving forward with the major Piegan Port of Entry project and will host an Industry Day in Great Falls on Wednesday, September 16th to identify local contractors and material suppliers; 10 AM to 2 PM in the downtown US Bank building, 300 Central Avenue, in the second floor training room. A pre-proposal conference and site visit will be held at the Piegan Land Port of entry on Thursday, September 17th at 9 AM. Register at or contact Mary Pacheco at 1-303-236-2082 or
16) GFDA has been asked to give a presentation about the Great Falls AgriTech Park at the upcoming annual conference of the International Economic Development Council in Anchorage, part of a session titled "Economic Development on a Shoestring."
Congratulations to Bob Nebel, former GFDA Board Chair, on his retirement from JCCS!
Whether it be at work or home, on the road, or in the fields or woods, Happy Labor Day to everyone who puts in a hard day's work!
Untame your entrepreneurial spirit!


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