Category Archives: Economic Development

County adds 218 new COVID-19 cases; Rodeo moving to KAlispell; Russell Auction date set; Municipal Court canned food drive canceled

On Dec. 1, Cascade County added 218 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 5,166, according to the state map. The steep increase was due in part to the holiday backlog, according to the Cascade County City-County Health Department. Of those, 2,156 are currently active according to the state. Cascade County adds 3 COVID-19 deaths; city commission meetings going virtual

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City Commission to consider $8 million in TIF funds for Civic Center repairs

City staff’s request to use tax increment financing funds for the Civic Center façade repair project goes before the City Commission on Dec. 1 for a public hearing. The city is requesting to use the downtown TIF funds for the project that’s an estimated $5.5 construction cost and the Downtown Development Partnership voted in October to recommend approval of the

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Voyagers will remain in Great Falls and anticipate 2021 season

The Great Falls Voyagers said Nov. 30 that professional baseball will remain in Great Falls with the formation of a new Major League Baseball partner league. The Voyagers will join seven other teams in the Pioneer League for a 92 game season, beginning in late spring and concluding in early September, according to a release from the Voyagers. Voyagers release

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Annexation for proposed 48-unit apartment complex on Dec. 1 City Commission agenda

A proposed apartment complex for the corner of Skyline Drive Northwest and 6th Street Northwest is on the Dec. 1 agenda for City Commissioners to consider annexation and zoning. The proposed Skyline Heights would include four three-story 12-plex for a total of 48 residential units on a 2.15 acre parcel. City Commission to set public hearing on proposed apartment complex

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County denies expansion of medical marijuana into more zoning districts

After nearly two years since they were initially proposed, county officials have not yet completed their decision making progress on changes to the county zoning regulations. Commissioners voted 2-1 to deny the planning board’s recommendation from May 2019 that would have allowed medical marijuana within industrial, commercial and agricultural zoning districts, as well as the proposed Mixed-Use 20 district. County adopts

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Business Bites: New owner for The Living Room; Greystone renovation plans ongoing; Popcorn Colonel, R&R reopening; C.M. Russell Museum speaker series; Embark Credit Union lobby closed; CMR HOSA collecting donations for healthcare workers

The Living Room Michelle Bebbington has purchased The Living Room salon at 614 Central Ave. from Jolie Kiser. She has been an independent contractor in the salon for more than 10 years. Bebbington “has been an inspiration to all who have had the opportunity to work with her. She has always had an entrepreneurial spirit & this is the perfect

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Civic Center facade project on Nov. 17 commission agenda for first read to set public hearing for Dec. 1

City staff’s request to use tax increment financing funds for the Civic Center façade repair project gets a first read during the Nov. 17 City Commission meeting, when they’ll be asked to set a public hearing on the request for Dec. 1. The city is requesting to use the downtown TIF funds for the project that’s an estimated $5.5 construction

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City considering change to building fees

The city has been reviewing its development process for several years now and during their Nov. 17 meeting, City Commissioners will consider creating an investigation fee. Projects submitted to the city’s Planning and Community Development office typically go through a plan review process, which verifies minimum code compliance and identifies any life safety issues. It can be a “back and

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County adopts Black Eagle zoning change; delays decisions on all other proposed zoning changes

After two hours of staff reading the proposed changes to the county zoning regulations and a handful of public comments that were largely supportive of the changes, County Commissioners opted only to adopt the changes to Black Eagle zoning and push all other decisions to a Nov. 18 meeting. County officials have been discussion proposed changes to the county zoning

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