Category Archives: Economic Development

Downtown groups seeking proposals for wayfinding plan

The Business Improvement District in cooperation with the Downtown Development Partnership and the City of Great Falls, has released a request for proposals for a wayfinding plan for the city. The DDP is planning to pursue a planning grant from the Montana Department of Commerce’s Montana Main Street Program for the development of a wayfinding plan. The city will provide

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Small business centers expanding in Montana, including Great Falls

Three Small Business Development Centers are expanding across the state, including the Great Falls center, which is based in the Great Falls Development Authority. The Great Falls center has hired Rich Gannon to fill a new rural business adviser position. The position was created to make business assistance more accessible in rural communities. The adviser will be based in Cut

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Public hearing set for Nov. 5 on TIF funding for Buffalo Crossing

City Commissioners approved a resolution of intent for a tax increment financing project during the Oct. 15 meeting and set a public hearing for Nov. 5 on the requested TIF funding. Buffalo Crossing is the name of the 2.2 acre property that was subdivided earlier this year into six lots. Lot 1 has the barrel building on the corner of

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Buffalo Crossing infrastructure funds on Tuesday’s commission agenda

The Buffalo Crossing project is up for a first reading on Tuesday and commissioners will likely set a public hearing for their Nov. 5 meeting. Commissioners will be considering a request for tax increment financing funds to help fund the public infrastructure portions of the project. Buffalo Crossing is the name of the 2.2 acre property that was subdivided earlier

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Public participates in creating vision for downtown Great Falls

Ideas for filling voids and driving development downtown were front and center during a visioning session last week. The brainstorming event was part of micro visioning project for the downtown that is being funded through a $20,000 grant from the Montana Main Street Program. Downtown vision brainstorming session set for Oct. 2 The Great Falls Development Authority is spearheading the

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Big Sky Cheese files appeal over some of ZBOA’s conditions on permit approval

Edward Friesen, on behalf of Madison Food Park and Big Sky Cheese, has filed an appeal with the County Commission of the Zoning Board of Adjustment’s Aug. 28 decision on their special use permit. The ZBOA’s approval of the permit included 17 conditions and Friesen has taken issue with nine of them. Under state law, the applicant can appeal to

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Design Review Board discusses its process in case suspension ends

The Design Review Board met Sept. 30 for the first time in nearly a year. Last November, the City Commission voted to suspend the board for six months and in May, voted to continue the suspension for another six months. That hiatus could potentially end on Dec. 4 so city staff convened the five-member board to discuss any changes to

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Locals continue effort to raise funds, pursue new routes for Great Falls airport

Airport officials across the state met with airlines in Big Sky earlier this month in the hopes of growing air service in their communities. To help that effort, local officials have been working to replenish the airline incentive program. So far, the Tourism Business Improvement District, First Interstate Bank, D.A. Davidson, Cogswell Insurance, Pacific Steel and Recycling and the Great

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Groups partnering to create downtown business development officer

A collection of community groups have been working for years to spur activity in the downtown area. The Downtown Development Partnership is a 501c3 nonprofit and has 11 permanent members: Downtown Great Falls Association, Business Improvement District, Great Falls Development Authority, the city’s Neighborhood Council 7, City of Great Falls Parking Commission, City of Great Falls, Cascade County, City-County Historic

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Buffalo Crossing funding gets initial approval

The planning board voted unanimously on Sept. 24 to recommend that the City Commission approve a $350,600 tax increment financing request for public infrastructure improvements associated with development of the Buffalo Crossing subdivision in the West Bank Urban Renewal TIF District. Commissioners will consider the request during a regular meeting this fall. Buffalo Crossing is the name of the 2.2

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