Category Archives: Economic Development

County pledging COVID relief dollars for water, sewer projects

The Cascade County Commission held a special meeting on July 21. Commissioners ratified the fire restrictions that were implemented earlier this month and voted to pledge matching COVID-19 relief funds for water and sewer projects that must first go through the state’s competitive grant process. Commissioner Joe Briggs said that the county received the first half of their American Rescue

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Influx of medical school students could overwhelm Montana resources, program leaders warn

By Andrea Halland | Kaiser Health News Opening two new medical schools in Montana would stretch and possibly overwhelm the state’s physicians who provide the clinical training that students need to become doctors, according to leaders of a University of Washington medical school program that relies on those teaching physicians. The University of Washington School of Medicine’s WWAMI program in Montana requires

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State launches new process for employers when unemployment claimants fail to show for interviews

Gov. Greg Gianforte said July 20 that the state has launched a new process for employers to notify the Montana Department of Labor and Industry if an unemployment insurance claimant fails to appear for a scheduled interview. “We’ve recently heard from employers across the state with a common complaint: candidates for open positions submit applications and schedule interviews, only to

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GFPS committee recommends Reiff for school board vacancy

The ad hoc committee of the Great Falls Public Schools board has selected Nathan Reiff as their recommendation to fill the vacancy from the unexpected death of former board chair Jan Cahill. Board members Bill Bronson and Kim Skornogoski, and Superintendent Tom Moore and Director of Business Operations Brian Patrick, interviewed Reiff and Russ Herring, the two applicants for the

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Federal agency drops plan to change city population size designation

Cities in Montana, such as Great Falls, will maintain their metropolitan statistical area designation, the Office of Management and Budget said July 13. Earlier this year, the agency had proposed to raise the population threshold of the MSA to 100,000, from its current 50,000 threshold, which would have impacted Great Falls, Missoula and Bozeman. The MSA is used by many

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Business Bites: NWGF looking to purchase, renovate Baatz Building; Big River Ruckus in September; Allegra Printing moving; fireworks complaints at neighborhood councils; Downtown Block Party is Thursday; Snap Fitness expanding; Wellness 406 rebranding

NeighborWorks Great Falls is applying to the Montana Board of Housing for low income housing tax credits for their plan to purchase and renovated the Baatz Building at 400 2nd Ave. S. into permanent supportive housing. The building has been vacant for several years and is in need of significant renovation as it was not well maintained as an apartment

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Business Bites: BMW rally economic impact; She Bare relocates; Mountain Wave façade revealed; Newberry concert for Sound Association; Greystone Inn renovation expected to start soon; iCan Bike Camp needs participants; Lions Family FunFest needs volunteers; Lewis and Clark Festival this weekend

BMW motorcycle rally In late June, 4,889 motorcycles arrived in town for their 2021 Saddle Up and Ride National Rally at Montana ExpoPark. Great Falls Montana Tourism estimates the economic impact to be more than $3 million in the community. Motorcycle rally coming next week, tourism asking locals to be aware of influx and motorcycle riders “Room demand in Great

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Air Force awards $306 million contract to Northrop Grumman to continue support work on Minuteman III ICBM

The Air Force has awarded a $306 million five-year contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation to continue its work as the Minuteman III ground subsystems support contractor. The competitive award has a potential ceiling of $3.86 billion over 18 years, according to a Northrop release. Tester visits Malmstrom, talks helicopters, C-130s, GBSD Northrop has been the prime contractor on the system

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City hosting development process town hall meeting July 14

The City of Great Falls is hosting a development partner town hall 4-6 p.m. July 14 Commission Chambers upstairs at the Civic Center. This is a continuation of the efforts by City of Great Falls staff to improve and streamline the development review and approval process. Commission voted 3-2 to dissolve city’s Design Review Board Specifically, staff will be presenting

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City approves expanded TIF programs for downtown projects

City Commissioners voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the Downtown Urban Renewal Plan that will allow the city to use tax increment financing for a wider range of projects by private developers. The new programs will go into effect in August. The downtown tax increment financing district is an urban renewal district that was established in 2012 with key goals

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