Category Archives: Economic Development

Apollos University is expanding its downtown footprint

Apollos University is expanding into a new, street level space at 600 Central Ave. Apollos moved to Great Falls in the fall of 2016 and it allowed the privately owned, distance education institution to grow and expand, according to Dr. Scott Eidson, Apollos president. Motifs closing brick and mortar to move online; Belles and Lace moving into space Not only

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Motifs closing brick and mortar to move online; Belles and Lace moving into space

Motifs for the Home is going online at the end of July and Belles and Lace Bridal is moving into the brick and mortar space at 417 Central Ave. Kattie Meyer, owner of Motfis, told The Electric that with her family being her top priority, she’s stretched too thin to maintain the brick and mortar store, but will continue operating the

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Sunday Reads: June 28

Here’s some reading to keep you busy while it’s raining. The New Yorker: The promise and peril of virtual health care NPR: Why there’s a push to get police out of schools ProPublica: Inside the Trump Administration’s decision to leave the World Health Organization The New York Times: A tidal wave of bankruptcies is coming Politico: ‘Defund the police’ faces

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City staff considering ordinance to allow sale of alcohol within 600 feet of churches

Uncertainty over how a proposed church downtown would impact existing and future development has prompted city staff to pursue an ordinance that would supplant state law and allow them to exist within 600 feet of each other in certain zoning districts. Initially, city staff planned to handle the conditional use permit application for a church in the vacant space at

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Airline gathering postponed to 2021

Great Falls was set to host a gathering of airline carriers in September, but due to COVID-19, that has been postponed to 2021. Two major aviation events coming to Great Falls in 2020 John Faulkner, Great Falls International Airport director, told County Commissioners during their June 23 meeting that Great Falls will be the host next year and they’re looking

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Business Bites: Vintage Sellers has new owners; Cart Wheel Casino closing; Wicked Hair salon opens

  Vintage Sellers Vintage Sellers planned to go out of business this summer, but now has new owners effective July 1. Until then, a sale is ongoing at the shop. We’ll update as we have more information on the new owners. Cart Wheel Casino  Cart Wheel Casino & Liquor Store is closing. “We offer a heartfelt thank you to all

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City considering license plate recognition, pay stations for downtown parking enforcement

The city is looking at options for license plate reader technology and pay stations to replace the parking meters downtown. The city resumed enforcement of the two-hour time limit June 22 but the meters have not been re-installed. In March, someone broke into the parking office in the north garage and stole a pickup truck and keys, which included the

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GFCMSU Lifelong Learning offering free online workshops

Great Falls College MSU’s Lifelong Learning Center is offering a series of free online workshops in July and August to give tips to workers returning to the workplace after months of working at home, tricks for running smooth online meetings, help in changing directions in life and work, and, finally, revealing the secrets of Windows 10. “We’re really excited about

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Sunday Reads: June 21

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Here’s your weekly reading list. The New York Times: Libraries strive to stay “community living rooms” as they reopen Time: ‘Superforecasters’ are making eerily accurate predictions about COVID-19. Our leaders could learn from their approach The New York Times: A Juneteenth of joy and resistence NPR: Supreme Court will not re-examine

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