Category Archives: Economic Development

County approves additional funds for Expo Park projects; additional facility study for potential improvements

The County Commission approved additional funds for Montana Expo Park during Tuesday’s meeting. The commission approved moving $302,000 from the general fund into the Expo Park account for the grandstand replacement project and Paddock Club renovation, and moved $78,716 from the original project account into the Expo Park account. Expo Park improvement project might be on November ballot That additional

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City staff make CDBG funding recommendation

City staff made their recommendations to the City Commission this week for Community Development Block Grant funding priorities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development notified the city that this year’s allocation for CDBG is $794,666. That’s up from last year’s allocation of $776,621. The city is also receiving $273,088 in HOME funds, down slightly from last year’s $285,831

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Great Falls airport director: proposed tax increase to jet fuel could increase airfare, lower fuel purchases in Montana

A measure that would increase the tax on jet fuel for airlines eliminating the rebate for some of that tax is scheduled for a vote at the Montana Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 661 would increase the tax airlines pay to 5 cents per gallon of jet fuel. The revenues would be funneled to infrastructure needs at smaller airports around

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Property owner sues city over Wheat Ridge annexation denial

KYSO Corporation, the owner of property that was proposed for annexation into the city for the Wheat Ridge development, has filed a lawsuit against the city over its denial of annexation. In the complaint, filed April 8, KYSO asks the court to deem the city’s actions as unconstitutional and in violation of KYSO’s private property rights and that KYSO be

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Longtime friends opening Elevation 3330 in downtown Great Falls

It’s been 22 years in the making and Great Falls’ newest public house is nearly ready to open. Elevation 3330 is going into the second story of Four Ten Central, also known as the Strain Building. It will feature 24 beers on tap, high-end keg wine plus another 40 bottles on hand, cocktails with dry ice and the city’s first

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CDBG public needs hearing set for Tuesday

This year’s Community Development Block Grant process is underway and on Tuesday’s the City Commission will conduct the public needs hearing. The CDBG and HOME Investment Partnership programs are administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the agency requires a public hearing seeking input on community needs that can be addressed with CDBG funding support. Staff

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Former Asurion building has new owner and is available for lease

The building that has housed the Paris of Montana, the Bon Marche, NEW and Asurion is now under new local ownership. The 1928 building at 321 Central Ave. was featured in the Clint Eastwood movie, “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” and was completely remodeled when the call centers moved in, but still features art deco architecture and an original fleur-de-lis above a

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Great Falls named among top 100 places to live

Great Falls made the list of the top 100 places in this year’s ranking by Livability.com. Great Falls made the list for the first time, coming in at 97. Brett Doney of the Great Falls Development Authority told City Commissioners on Tuesday that in the past Great Falls didn’t even make the top 1,000 a few years ago. Billings and

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City Commission denies Wheat Ridge annexation

City Commissioners voted 5-0 on Tuesday to deny annexation of 21.1 acres on the eastern edge of the city for the proposed Wheat Ridge residential subdivision. The annexation request was initially submitted to the city last spring and had support from Neighborhood Council 5 and the city planning board. Wheat Ridge annexation back on city agenda this week But city

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Land development code changes up for consideration tonight

The first batch of changes to the city’s land development code are scheduled for a vote during tonight’s City Commission meeting. The proposed changes include language that pertain to the applicability of zoning regulations to public entities. The planning board voted unanimously in January to recommend that the commission approve the changes. There was no public comment during that meeting

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