Category Archives: Economic Development

County to consider tax recertification for Calumet valuation drop to keep GFPS budget whole

Cascade County Commissioners are scheduled to hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Oct. 21 to consider a request from Great Falls Public Schools to recertify their property tax valuations. The county, GFPS and City of Great Falls already set their budgets in August and September, based on the taxable valuations from the Montana Department of Revenue that are finalized

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Staff asking commisision to postpone award of aquatic center contract for more review time

Commissioners will be asked during their Oct. 19 meeting to postpone awarding a contract for the new indoor aquatics center until their Nov. 2 meting. Bids were due on Oct. 13 and the city received four. Staff is currently reviewing the bids and costs to determine a recommendation. The bid includes a base bid and 22 alternates. Staff is asking

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MDT conducting disparity study

The Montana Department of Transportation hired BBC Research and Consulting to conduct a disparity study to assess whether businesses face barriers when contracting with MDT and Montana’s airports and if additional barriers exist for small, minority-owned or women-owned business. MDT is seeking public comment from businesses about their experiences and/or interest in contracting the MDT and airports in the state.

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GFDA strategic planning meeting Oct. 12

The Great Falls Development Authority is developing a new regional economic development strategy. The agency is hosting another community meeting to gather public input about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the Great Falls economy. The meeting is 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Gibson Room at the Civic Center. It’s the next in a series of community meetings and smaller

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DEQ issues permit for Calumet’s renewable energy project

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has issued a decision on the air quality permit and final environmental assessment for the proposed renewable diesel plant at the existing Calumet refinery property. The permit is for Montana Renewables Inc. and the analysis included the potential emissions from all equipment that will be operated at the renewable diesel plant to ensure the

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GFDA release childcare study; Family Connections launches Childcare Connect Montana

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The Great Falls Development Authority has released its childcare study. GFDA hired Camoin Associates to assess childcare needs in the Great Falls area and “determine if a new childcare facility (or facilities) could be supported given current and projected demand and existing availability of childcare in the city,” according to the report. The study considered demographic and socioeconomic trends, existing

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Minneapolis flight cut from Great Falls airport, officials looking at options to increase traffic

Delta Air Lines has discontinued its flight from Great Falls to Minneapolis. Normally at this time of year, Delta would have that as a daily flight and the cut means about 75 less people traveling through the Great Falls International Airport daily, according to John Faulkner, airport director. Faulkner said the cut was due to the regional pilot shortage and

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Touro breaks ground on proposed Great Falls medical school

Touro College Montana held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Oct. 6 at the site of their proposed osteopathic medical school on a site near Benefis Health System. The school is not yet approved, but is working through the accreditation process with the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, according to Dr. Elizabeth Palmarozzi, who has been hired as the founding dean of

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City continuing discussion on how to use $19.47 million in COVID relief funds

Tonight, City Commissioners will continue their discussion on how to use the city’s $19.47 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds. They’ve been discussing how to use the funds for several months and staff has been asking commissioners to indicate their priorities for funding. Commissioners will be discussing the federal funds during their 5:30 p.m. work session, which is virtual

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County Commission disbands fair board

County Commissioners voted unanimously during their Oct. 1 meeting to disband the Montana ExpoPark Advisory Board in favor of a “resource team.” The move comes after more than a year of tension between the commission and the fair board. The fair board has argued for the last year in particular that they’ve been trying to make recommendations to improve the

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