Category Archives: Economic Development

Business Bites: Harvest Craft Kitchen opens; Purple Gold back at it; NorMont building new facility; Montana Valley Irrigation opens new location

  Harvest Craft Kitchen Harvest Craft Kitchen opened April 8 in the former Tap House Grill at 220 Central Ave. The new restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for takeout Monday through Friday. Business Bites: Pier 1 closing in Great Falls; work at Joe’s Place; Hi-Line Climbing expansion plans; Fast Signs opens; Purple Gold expanding Purple Gold Purple

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Bullock extends stay home, school closures, dining-in directives through April 24

Gov. Steve Bullock has extended his directives to stay home, close public schools, restrict dine-in establishments, self-quarantine for inbound travelers for non-work purposes, preventing evictions and utility suspension for nonpayment, and others through April 24. He said during an April 7 press briefing that so far, an estimated 57 patients have recovered from COVID-19 in Montana but that he doesn’t

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Rezone, aggregation and street vacation for Russell Museum up for vote at April 7 commission meeting

City Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on a request from the C.M. Russell Museum and Trigg C.M. Russell Foundation to rezone and aggregate some parcels as they go through a master plan process and consider expansion, as well as vacate 5th Street North between 12th and 13th Streets. In February, the city planning board unanimously voted to recommend that

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Landscaping code changes up for consideration at April 7 city commission meeting

After about a year of review, city staffers are bringing proposed changes to the landscaping code to City Commissioners for final consideration. During the April 7 meeting, commissioners will conduct a public hearing on the proposed changes, which staff said in January are “pretty aggressive.” City testing phone-in option for public comment during commission meeting The proposed changes were presented

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Sunday Reads: April 5

Strange times continue, but at least it’s warmer outside. Get some fresh air but practice your social distancing. Happy reading. The Atlantic: The social-distancing culture war has begun Vice: 10 million Americans lost their jobs in two weeks because of coronavirus ProPublica: What we need to understand about asymptomatic carriers if we’re going to beat coronavirus Quill Magazine: White House

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Airport board approves sale of FedEx building to FedEx; planning new 30-year lease of land

The Great Falls International Airport Authority Board voted during their March 31 meeting to sell the FedEx building to FedEx. The building and ramp were constructed in 1999 using tax-exempt financing so the airport authority owned the infrastructure while the rent paid by FedEx covered the debt service on the facility. John Faulkner, airport director, told The Electric that the

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Several Great Falls businesses closing temporarily due to COVID-19

The following businesses have closed their doors temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not an exhaustive list but The Electric will keep a running list here as much as possible. A number of restaurants have transitioned to take-out or delivery options, more info on that is over here and here. March 31 Eklund’s Appliance: “Due to current circumstances

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March 20 COVID-19 updates: Library offering curbside pickup; Malmstrom AFB raises health protection level; Cascade County declares emergency; county jail still accepting offenders; Bullock orders closures of dine-in food and beverage businesses; Showdown closing; GFPS food drive today at Bison Ford; Great Falls Rescue Mission adjusting operations

According to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services there are now 21 cases of COVID-19 across the state, none in Cascade County. One of those cases is counted in Montana though the woman was tested and remains in Maryland. A state tracking map shows the confirmed cases are as follows by county: Madison County: 1 case Flathead

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Community, business owners supporting each other amidst COVID-19 closures

Knowing the order to close dining rooms was coming soon, a number of downtown restaurants started transitioning to carry-out and curbside options earlier this week. Small business owners and community members have also made the extra effort to support each other as COVID-19 fears have slowed sales significantly. Heather Kunz of Broadwater Coffee said that on the morning of March

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March 18 COVID-19 updates: four more positive cases in Montana; gun show canceled; OPI requests waivers; governor adapts unemployment, small business loans; Rec Center closing; updated GFPS meal pickup locations; take-out options; to-go art from Brush Crazy

Gov. Steve Bullock today confirmed four additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Montana. This morning he confirmed two patients are males in their 20s from Gallatin County, according to the governor’s office. This evening, he confirmed a Missoula County male in his 50s and a Gallatin County male in his 60s. Today’s additional cases brings Montana’s total number of cases

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