Category Archives: Economic Development

Second hearing set for proposed Cascade County zoning changes

The Cascade County planning board is scheduled to conduct a second public hearing on March 26 at 4:30 p.m. at the Family Living Center at Montana Expo Park on the proposed changes to the zoning regulations. The hearing will allow for additional public comment and may involved a recommendation by the planning board to the County Commission on the proposed

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Cascade County continuing review of proposed changes to zoning regulations

The Cascade County planning board conducted the first public hearing in what will be a multi-month process to update the county zoning regulations. At least 50 people attended the meeting and expressed frustration with the meeting time, the cramped room, the limited information available on the reasons for the changes, the limited time residents had to review the proposed changes

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Business Bites: Yes, Little Athens is coming downtown, eventually

Little Athens Nicholas Geranios has purchased the former Bert and Ernie’s location at 300 1st Ave. S. The Geranios family operates Little Athens in Holiday Village Mall and will be opening a restaurant in the former Bert and Ernie’s space though details are in flux. Bert and Ernie’s closed suddenly in August and has been vacant since. Bert and Ernie’s

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Business Improvement District renewal considered in Feb. 19 public hearing

This week, the City Commission will hold a public hearing and consider renewing the Business Improvement District for another 10 years. The goal of the BID is to maintain, beautify, and stimulate development in Great Falls’ historic downtown district. Downtown business improvement district reaches renewal threshold The Great Falls BID was originally created in May 1989, recreated in July 1999

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County approves hemp processing facility

The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment approved a special use permit for a hemp processing facility in Sun River. Paul Leach of Venture Property and Leasing, LLC applied for a SUP to allow a value-added agricultural commodity processing facility on this nine acre property. During the hearing, no one spoke in opposition to the project and Jolene Schalper of the Great

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County ZBOA to hold hearings on hemp facility, FWP headquarters expansion

The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment will consider a special use permit for a hemp processing facility during their Feb. 14 meeting at 9 a.m. Paul Leach of Venture Property and Leasing, LLC has applied for a SUP to allow a value-added agricultural commodity processing facility on this nine acre property. Leach wrote in the application that the facility

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Women-centered career event in Great Falls next week

A partnership between several area organizations, combined with a federal grant through the Department of Labor and the State of Montana, is bringing a Women in Apprenticeships and Non-Traditional Occupations, or WANTO, event to Great Falls on Feb. 12. This event will highlight fields traditionally dominated by men, such as engineering, trades, architecture and IT. It will also connect women

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Sale of Rocky Mountain Building finalized, Alluvion Health preparing for construction

Alluvion Health, formerly the Community Health Care Center, now officially owns the Rocky Mountain Building at the corner of Central Avenue and 6th Street. The sale closed on Feb. 4 and Alluvion is moving forward with plans for construction and expanded health case services that are available to the public. Downtown Dice expanding; The Block opening soon; CHCC rebrands as

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Business Bites: The Block now open; The Barn renovating; Vietnamese restaurant coming

The Block Bar and Grill opened today and will celebrate their grand opening on Feb. 8 with Happy Hour all day. That includes $1 off all draft beer, $4 off domestic pitchers, buy one sandwich and get $2 off the second, free dip with any chip order. Downtown Dice expanding; The Block opening soon; CHCC rebrands as Alluvion The Block

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