Category Archives: Economic Development

Portion of TIF request approved for Newberry event center

City Commissioners voted unanimously during their May 4 meeting to approve $9,100 in tax increment financing funds for The Newberry, at 420 Central Ave., which is currently under construction and the owners plan to open in September with their first concerts in October. The developers, STSA Partners, requested $171,200 of tax increment financing funds from the city for the renovation projects

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Give Great Falls underway to support local nonprofits

It’s Give Great Falls week again in Great Falls. It’s a week that encourages donations to local nonprofits and highlights those organizations throughout the week. The week is hosted by the Nonprofit Alliance of the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Great Falls Area Community Foundation and United Way of Cascade County. “Our goal is to encourage philanthropic giving, community

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Newberry TIF request considered at City Commission May 4

During their May 4 meeting, City Commissioners will consider a request for tax increment financing funds for the The Newberry, at 420 Central Ave., which is currently under construction and the owners plan to open in September with their first concerts in October. The developers, STSA Partners, have requested $171,200 of tax increment financing funds from the city for the

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State ending federal COVID unemployment benefits, launching return-to-work incentive

The state is launching a return-to-work bonus program using federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act and is ending its participation in federal pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs by June. That state will return to pre-pandemic unemployment insurance eligibility and benefits. The bonuses will be paid to unemployed individuals who rejoin the labor force and accept and maintain steady employment for

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Business Bites: Permit application submitted for Five Guys; Fire Pizza adding happy hour, brunch

It’s official, the owners of Five Guys franchise in Montana have submitted a permit application for a restaurant at 2104 10th Ave. S. in the former Snap Fitness space. The permit is for a tenant improvement package, which means construction activity is limited to the interior. According to the city planning office, the only exterior improvement that will be needed

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Stormwater permit approved for Milwaukee Station project

County Commissioners unanimously approved a 310 permit for the Milwaukee Station project during their April 27 meeting. The permits were established in Montana’s Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act, also known as the 310 Law, which requires that any person planning to work in or near a perennial stream or river on private land must first obtain a 310 Permit from

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City Commission sets public hearing on permit for aquatics facility

City Commissioners voted unanimously during their April 20 meeting to set public hearings for actions related to the planned Big Sky Aim High indoor aquatics and recreation center. They did not yet approve the conditional use permit for the facility as the public hearing is required before they can vote on the matter. They approved a resolution of intent to

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City continuing effort to expand downtown TIF program

The city is continuing the discussion about expanding the use of tax increment financing funds in the downtown district for certain projects by private developers. The proposed expansion for the use of downtown TIF funds, which are specifically regulated by state law, was drafted and presented by Kellie Pierce of the Downtown Great Falls Association and Joan Redeen of the Business

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Business Bites: Suki’s demolition; new City Brew; Colored Snow opening; owner built homes complete; reading at Cassiopeia

Suki’s The former Suki’s at 1229 10th Ave. S. is slated for demolition. The city received permit applications on April 15 to demolish both existing structures on the property. Those permits were reviewed and approved by city staff but as of April 20 hadn’t yet been picked up by the contractor, Sletten Construction, according to city planning. The city also

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City Commission scheduled to set public hearing on new aquatic center during April 20 meeting

(Cover photo is rendering courtesy LPW Architecture) City Commissioners will consider a conditional use permit, aggregating parcels and vacating rights of way related to the planned Aim High Big Sky aquatics and recreation center in Lions Park. The actions will be considered on first reading and commissioners will be asked to set a public hearing for May 18. The city

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