Category Archives: Food and Agriculture

Pedlet grant deadline is next week, applications still sought

The Business Improvement District has revamped the pedlet program for downtown Great Falls and is seeking applications. The new program will provide three $7,500 grants. Eligible applicants must submit an application and a $1,000 check to the BID by June 28. The BID made changes to the grant program since there had been a lack of applicants so far this

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GFDA study finds Great Falls has lowest operating costs for food processing

The Great Falls Development Authority commissioned a study that was recently released and found that Great Falls is the least expensive market to operate a food processing plant based on a review of 25 U.S. cities. The study was conducted by The Boyd Company, a site selection firm based in Princeton, N.J. The company surveyed 25 metro areas with high concentrations

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White House tariffs placed on Canadian steel, aluminum hitting Montana manufacturers

By Martin Kidston | Missoula Current Tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and other U.S. trade partners have increased the cost of products sourced by Montana manufacturers, though the full ramifications aren’t yet fully known. A looming trade war with the country’s leading allies is likely to hit Montana manufacturers in the pocketbook,

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Code change to public drinking ordinance on tonight’s agenda

Commissioners will consider an update to the city ordinance that currently prohibits drinking or displaying alcoholic beverages in public places without city-issued permits. The current ordinance provides exceptions to the prohibitions for certain areas of Centene Park and the Civic Center. City considers code change related to pedlets The ordinance under consideration during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting would allow businesses

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Great Falls Farmer’s Market expanding; encouraging connection with local producers

The Great Falls Farmer’s Market opened for the season today with about 140 vendors. By next week, more vendors will be packed into the Civic Center parking lot, Park Drive and the Downtowner parking lot behind Park Place. The market is also working to expand into the parking lot by Energy West, between the Civic Center and the Great Falls

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Downtown in need of more pedlet grant applications

The newly expanded pedlet program is lacking applicants in Great Falls. Mighty Mo and Enbar are the two pedlets currently open in downtown Great Falls and only Enbar is using the newly available grant funding through the Business Improvement District. Applications are due June 30. Pedlets opening for sidewalk dining May 1, new locations in the works Joan Redeen, community

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Madison Food Park application on hold for next six months

It will likely be another six months before the amended special use permit is submitted for the proposed Madison Food Park. In a letter received by the Cascade County Planning Department on Monday, Edward Friesen wrote, “it is expected that an amendment(s) will follow in the next 180 days approximately, depending on the length of time it takes to receive

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Inaugural Craft Beer Week comes to Great Falls in June

The inaugural Craft Beer Week in Great Falls runs June 3-10. The event is the brainchild of the Mighty Mo Brewing Company and is a collaboration between Mighty Mo, Jeremiah Johnson Brewing Company/The Front Brewing Company, Black Eagle Brewery and the Downtown Great Falls Association. Most other major cities in Montana hold a craft beer week and the Great Falls

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City considers code change related to pedlets

City staff is proposing some amendments to city code to help with the expansion of pedlets in downtown Great Falls. The pedlets are extensions of the sidewalk around sidewalk dining into parking spaces to allow businesses to provide fenced outdoor seating. Pedlets opening for sidewalk dining May 1, new locations in the works Mighty Mo Brewing Company had the first

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