Category Archives: Economic Development

Big Sky Cheese on Aug. 28 county zoning board agenda

Big Sky Cheese is back on the agenda for the Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment at their Aug. 28 meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Family Living Center at Montana Expo Park. The special use permit application for Big Sky Cheese will be the first item on the agenda, according to the county planning department. The ZBOA could vote

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After taking losses, Broadway in Great Falls series down to one show this season

The Broadway in Great Falls series is a bit different this year due to a number of economic factors. It includes just one show, Mannheim Steamroller in December. That’s down from six shows last season in the Broadway series. Four of the six shows last season resulted in a financial loss and the Great Falls Symphony Association and their two

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Business Bites: Alluvion hosting pop-up lunch party; Pizazz corner market opens; Scheels expanding; construction underway on Five on Black

Annually, health centers nationwide take a week to celebrate the work they do. Alluvion Health will be hosting a week of activities kicking off Aug. 5 with a pop-up lunch party from 11:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Rocky Mountain Building at the corner of 1st Avenue North and 6th Street. The event is

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County approves 78-lot subdivision near airport

This week, the County Commission unanimously approved the preliminary plat for a 78-lot subdivision near the airport. In June, commissioners has delayed the decision to gather more information on aviation easements and comment from the 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard. The project would subdivide 297.85 acres into the Mountain View Estates Development North with 76 residential lots

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NorthWestern submits data center lease proposal to federal regulators for historic Rainbow Powerhouse

NorthWestern Energy has submitted a plan to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission calling for the historic powerhouse at Rainbow Dam to be leased for a blockchain model data center. NorthWestern said on July 30 that if FERC approves the plan, the powerhouse will be leased by Susteen Inc. out of California. July 30 was the deadline to submit the plan

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Malmstrom breaks ground on missile maintenance facility, project funding no longer possible source for border wall

Officials broke ground last week on the new missile maintenance dispatch facility at Malmstrom Air Force Base. The $18.68 million construction contract was awarded in June through the Army Corps of Engineers to a joint venture between WHH Nisqually and Garco. The new missile maintenance facility is being built because the functions that would occupy that building are being displaced from

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What I’m reading: books on community, revitalization, economics and food

It’s been awhile since I curated a list of books I’m reading, or have recently read, related to local government or other current local topics. Generally, I avoid writing in the first person as it goes against what, to me, journalism is. But, I’m reading a book now that stands out and it felt appropriate to share with you readers,

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County spinning planning out of public works department; creating new special projects manager position

Cascade County is reorganizing the Public Works department. The changes are coming as the department director is retiring from the position and moving to a full-time job with Alluvion Health. He will be filling a newly created part-time position to continue overseeing special projects within the county, effective Aug. 1. The county is splitting key functions within the department into

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Additional information submitted on Big Sky Cheese project; second public hearing set for July 22

During the June 27 public hearing on the Big Sky Cheese special use permit application, the Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment requested additional information on the project. The company’s principal member is Edward Friesen, who is also the principal in Madison Food Park, a proposed agricultural processing complex on U.S. Highway 89, a few miles outside the Great Falls

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