Category Archives: Economic Development

County planning board to consider rezoning 13-acres to heavy industrial

The Cascade County Planning Board will consider a request to rezone 13.67 acres of property near Giant Springs State Park from Light Industrial I-1 to Heavy Industrial I-2. The property it currently being rented to Jason Nichols Sprinklers, which installs lawn and garden sprinkler systems and provides landscaping design and construction. The property borders a 13-acre parcel that was recently

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Planning board to consider final plats; rezoning; annexation and parking spaces

Several projects are set to go before the city Planning Advisory Board on Tuesday. Among those actions is the final plat for Buffalo Crossing, a 2.2 acre parcel along the Missouri River that was subdivided into six parcels, earlier this year. The owner, Holman Grain, is hoping the action will help spur development of the property on the corner of

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City board reviewing University of Providence’s new student center proposal

Plans for the new student center at the University of Providence are moving forward and the project goes before the city’s Design Review Board on Monday. The new University Center is located within the 4.3 acre campus, on the west side where the 20th Street South parking lot currently sits. Design Review Board to consider for Broadwater Bay office building,

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O’Reilly Auto Parts planning move to new, larger store two blocks down 10th Avenue South

O’Reilly Auto Parts is planning a new store for 3219 10th Ave. S., the site of the former Prime Cut restaurant. The new store would replace the existing store at 3400 10th Ave. S. Earlier this week, the project went before the city’s Board of Adjustment for an exception to the rear setback requirement in city code, which states “the

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Locals honored by NeighborWorks Great Falls for efforts to improve properties, neighborhoods

Locals who had invested time and money into restoring or improving properties throughout Great Falls were honored by NeightborWorks Great Falls for their work earlier this week during the Annual Most Improved Awards. The luncheon event was held Wednesday at the new SpringHill Suites by Marriott in West Bank Landing. The hotel was named best new building by NWGF. “It

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Great Falls Farmer’s Market expanding; encouraging connection with local producers

The Great Falls Farmer’s Market opened for the season today with about 140 vendors. By next week, more vendors will be packed into the Civic Center parking lot, Park Drive and the Downtowner parking lot behind Park Place. The market is also working to expand into the parking lot by Energy West, between the Civic Center and the Great Falls

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Affordable housing project celebrated in Great Falls; housing advocates pushing state workforce housing tax credit

River Run Apartments, formerly known as Vista Villa, had served low-income residents since their construction in 1971 without much improvement. NeighborWorks Great Falls and Wishrock of Missoula partnered to purchase and renovate the property that is scattered around town. Some of the units are located at 3201 11th Ave. S. and on Thursday, project partners and Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney

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County CDBG needs: Belt drafting first growth policy, zoning regulations; Eden Community Hall in need of repairs

Dilapidated housing, economic development, zoning regulations and repairs to a community center were the needs mentioned during a Community Development Block Grant hearing with the Cascade County Commission on May 22. Under the state’s CDBG program, Cascade County can have one open project in each of these three categories: public facilities, housing and economic development. Currently, there are no open

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Downtown in need of more pedlet grant applications

The newly expanded pedlet program is lacking applicants in Great Falls. Mighty Mo and Enbar are the two pedlets currently open in downtown Great Falls and only Enbar is using the newly available grant funding through the Business Improvement District. Applications are due June 30. Pedlets opening for sidewalk dining May 1, new locations in the works Joan Redeen, community

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U.S. Treasury approves 25 Opportunity Zones in Montana, including one in Great Falls

The U.S. Treasury Department recently approved the 25 Opportunity Zones nominated by Gov. Steve Bullock. Gov. Bullock nominates 25 areas for Opportunity Zone designation, including one in Great Falls The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established a new economic development program called Opportunity Zones designed to encourage long-term private investment in low-income communities. The program provides a

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