Category Archives: Economic Development

Great Falls College MSU’s welding facility again accredited

Great Falls College MSU’s welding test facility has been accredited again through the American Welding Society as an Accredited Test Facility. The Accredited Test Facility program establishes minimum requirements for test facilities, their personnel and equipment to qualify for accreditation to test and qualify welders, according to a release from GFCMSU. The school’s testing facility is located in its welding

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City continuing discussion of use of $19.47 million in ARPA funds during Jan. 4 meeting

The city is receiving $19.47 million in American Rescue Plan funds and for months, staff has been discussing how to use those funds with the City Commission. In multiple public meetings, staff asked commissioners for their priorities on how to use the funds and during their Jan. 4 work session, staff will be presenting their proposed priority list of potential

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County approves recreational marijuana in heavy industrial districts

Updated 10:30 a.m. Dec. 29 County Commissioners unanimously approved changes to the county zoning regulations to allow recreation marijuana in the I-2 heavy industrial areas, where medical marijuana is already allowed. Several people spoke, asking commissioners to deny allowing recreational marijuana due to health and safety concerns, but Commissioner Joe Briggs said denying it in zoning wouldn’t stop it from

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United Airlines adding flights, capacity at Great Falls airport

United Airlines released their first quarter schedule over the last week and “it shows a sizable increase in flights and introduction of larger aircraft with first class,” at the Great Falls International Airport, according to airport director, John Faulkner. Faulkner said the airline will fly with 9 percent more capacity at the Great Falls airport beginning in January and those

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ZBOA opts not to ask county planning board to revise zoning regulations pertaining to townhomes

The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustments discussed townhouse regulations again during their Dec. 16 meeting. It was a follow-up to their November meeting when townhome regulations since the developers in Foothills Ranch subdivision applied for special use permits to put townhomes in the current phase. Several area residents came to the meeting to oppose the townhomes since they were

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Townhouse permits causing tension for developers, neighbors, county boards

During their Dec. 16 meeting, the Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment will discuss a letter they’d drafted to the county planning board concerning townhouses. The ZBOA is asking the planning board to review  the county zoning regulations pertaining to suburban residential two districts and applications for multi-family residences using the special use permit for townhomes in those districts. The

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Montana Supreme Court denies request to remove judge from marijuana case against Cascade County

Judge Mike McGrath, chief justice of the Montana Supreme Court, denied a request by Cascade County to have Judge Amy Eddy disqualified from presiding over a case against the county regarding a dispute over a marijuana operation. Mark Higgins, the county’s attorney from the Montana Association of Counties, filed a request with the court earlier this month, asking that Eddy

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County waives fees for certain permits to rebuild for those affected by Gibson Flats fires

Cascade County Commissioners voted unanimously during their Dec. 14 meeting to waive county permit fees for floodplain permit, location/conformance permit and special use permit applications, for the exclusive purpose of cleanup and rebuilding from the fire damage cause by the Dec. 1 fire in the Gibson Flats area. The majority of the Gibson Flats area impacted by the fire is

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County to consider affirming tax abatements already approved by city

During their Dec. 14 meeting, Cascade County Commissioners will consider tax abatement requests that have already been approved by the city. The Montana Department of Revenue has asked the county whether it concurs with the abatements since the adjustment will impact county mills. The commission will consider the request from STSA Partners LLC for a 5-year abatement that the city

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