Category Archives: Economic Development

Big Sky Cheese hearing set for June 27

A public hearing on the Big Sky Cheese application has been scheduled for 5 p.m. June 27 in the Family Living Center at Expo Park. Big Sky Cheese applied in April for a special use permit for a value-added agricultural commodity processing facility. Cheese processing plant proposed as first part of Madison Food Park; application submitted to Cascade County planning

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Business Bites: Minuteman Metal grant opening; Klover moving; summer hours at The History Museum

Minuteman Metal Minuteman Metal and Sign is hosting a grand opening 4-7 p.m. on June 14 at their new retail storefront at 815 2nd St. S. The company is owned by Bill McDaniel, a veteran, and provides high quality metal art. McDaniel started the company after a friend encouraged him to step outside his comfort zone and take up metal

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GFDA seeking proposals for microvisioning project downtown

The Great Falls Development Authority, on behalf of the Downtown Development Partnership, has released a request for proposals for a micro visioning project downtown. GFDA is seeking a firm or team with downtown design and development experience for a Downtown Block Revisioning project in Great Falls through a grant with the Montana Main Street Program. Proposals are due by 5 p.m.

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NeighborWorks developing inventory of vacant upper floors in downtown Great Falls

NeighborWorks Great Falls has launched a project to inventory the vacant spaces on the upper floors of buildings in downtown Great Falls. During a late May meeting of the Downtown Development Partnership, Carol Bronson on NWGF described the project, which is done in conjunction with NeighborWorks America. Great Falls named among top 100 places to live Gary Hackett, a downtown

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County resumes discussions on proposed changes to zoning regulations

The Cascade County planning board meets at 5:30 p.m. June 12 to consider proposed changes to the county’s zoning regulations. In May, the board voted 4-2 not to revise the growth policy. County reviewing growth policy The board largely agreed that the five primary goals included in the 2014 document had not changed. The board effectively put the zoning regulations on hold while

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GPPS to access protested taxes for operations

The Great Falls Public Schools district is seeking to access protested taxes again this year. During their June 10 meeting, the school board voted to request the funds through the county, which is allowable under state law. Calumet has protested their taxes again this year and is a continuation of the 2017-2018 protest case that has not yet been settled.

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Big Sky Cheese gets $2.27 million bridge loan through GFDA

  The Great Falls Development Authority has approved a $2.27 million bridge loan package to the Madison Food Park for their Bid Sky Cheese project. Madison Food Park has submitted an application for a special use permit in April and no hearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustment has yet been scheduled, according to the county planning office. Cheese processing

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Discussions on future for Expo Park improvements continuing

A number of people associated with the Montana Expo Park met Tuesday morning to identify any other issues with the draft improvement plan that should be addressed as the consultant works on the additional study for the livestock zone. The Great Falls Tourism Business Improvement District already conducted studies determining that a multipurpose event space would be feasible in Great

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Commission to consider another 6-month suspension of city’s design review board

On Tuesday, City Commissioners will consider whether to suspend the Design Review Board for another six months. The commission voted in November to suspend the board for six months to reduce the workload for staff until several vacant positions were filled. The Planning and Community Development Department is still down two key positions, according to staff, and the department’s leadership

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City approves parking meter increase for downtown Great Falls

Beginning July 1, parking meter rates in downtown Great Falls will increase to $1 per hour. The City Commission voted 4-1 on Tuesday, with Commissioner Tracy Houck dissenting, to increase the meter rate; replace the annual courtesy ticket with one per lifetime of a license plate; and slightly revise the fines for time violations. The new fine structure will be:

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