GFDA Promotes Jolene Schalper and Jason Nitschke

GFDA Promotes Two Outstanding Team Members
Jolene Schalper, CEcD Promoted to Senior Vice President
 

Jolene Schalper, CEcD, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of the Great Falls Development Authority. Jolene will continue to lead our Businesses Development efforts and manage our growing team’s focus on high value client services and mission-related impact. Jolene joined GFDA in the spring of 2012, starting as Investment Director, then transitioned into Business Development. She was promoted to Vice President of Business Development several years ago. In 2018, she earned the prestigious Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) certification from the International Economic Development Council, becoming one of only five certified professional economic developers in Montana. Jolene launched our Food & Ag Development Center two years ago and has led key business expansion and attraction efforts including FCR which is growing to 450 employees in downtown Great Falls.

Jason Nitschke Promoted to Vice President
 

Jason Nitschke has been promoted to Vice President of the Great Falls Development Authority. Jason will continue to serve as Regional Director of our growing Great Falls area Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Jason has led our SBDC since joining GFDA in the fall of 2014. He has coached nearly 500 existing businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. He has also trained over 1,300 business owners and managers throughout the region. His efforts assisted the launch of 65 area businesses, supported over 1,400 jobs, with nearly $50 million dollars of capital investment into local businesses.

Jason created our monthly pre-business workshop, The LaunchPoint, designed to encourage startup activity. He also created the Small Business Webinar Series, a statewide online training partnership with Montana State University-Extension and the Montana Economic Developers Association.

He has earned state and national recognition during his time with GFDA, most notably being awarded the Montana State Star in 2018, representing the top 1% of business advisors in the U.S. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also recognized his work with the military and veteran community with the 2017 Veterans Service Award. Jason is a certified and accredited business and export advisor, as well as a certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP).

Please join me in congratulating these extraordinary leaders! We are very proud to have them on GFDA’s team!!

Brett Doney

President & CEO

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Top 10 – 8/25/19

Congratulations to the artists and organizers of the first ArtsFest Montana Great Falls for creating an amazing array of new murals downtown!

See KRTV and TheElectricGF.com.

GFDA Top 10

Here is our Top 9 for this week, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy. We’re taking some big steps forward to take our economic development work to the next level with the goal of increasing impact in Great Falls and across our 13-county trade area.

1) The Great Falls Montana MSA (Cascade County) recorded its lowest level July unemployment rate last month at 2.8%, according to data released by the Montana Department of Labor.

2) We are launching a digital content talent attraction marketing effort to complement the Livability Media project. In a few days, we will be posting a position for Talent Attraction Director to lead this effort as part of our business development team. Thank you to our local investor support for making this possible.

3) We are expanding our Small Business Development Center team to increase business coaching and training in the rural communities of our vast trade area. In a few days, we will be posting a position for a Small Business Coach. We would love to have candidates who live, or would like to live, in one of the wonderful rural communities in Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton or Toole counties. Thank you to the Montana Department of Commerce and our local investors for making this possible.

4) The downtown Great Falls Econo Lodge has been purchased by one of our clients and rebranded as a Travelodge by Wyndham property. Stay tuned for exciting developments.

5) The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has honored us with two Impact Awards, one for the first two years of our Great Falls Region Food & Ag Development Center and the other for our Bridge Loans. GFDA is the only economic development organization in the Rocky Mountain West to be recognized with NADO Impact Awards this year.

6) Ft. Benton is getting a new microbrewery, the Golden Triangle Brew Company; see the Great Falls Tribune. I can’t wait to try their brews!

7) The State of Montana Procurement Bureau along with MT DOT will be presenting a workshop on “How to Contract with the State of Montana.” This training will be held September 12th at 9:00 AM to noon at GFDA. For more information contact Lillian Sunwall at LSunwall@GrowGreatFalls.org or Shannon Clancy at SClancy@GrowGreatFalls.org.

8) We renewed our sponsorship of the Montana Associated Technology Roundtables web site and newsletter at MATR.net. If you don’t get this newsletter, you’re missing out on a great resource for leading edge technology, business, and economic development news and ideas.

9) Thanks to this week’s Investors in Economic Development, Mitchell Development & Investments, LLC, for their Advanced Division investment, Church, Harris, Johnson & Williams for their Leadership Division investment, Loucks & Glassley for their Pacesetter Division investment and Marshall Orthodontics, for their Community Division investment. Investment allows our team to achieve the GFDA mission of growing and diversifying the Great Falls regional economy, creating higher wage opportunities and improving market competitiveness throughout the Golden Triangle. As such, growth in this community is not possible without champions that are engaged in its success. If you would like to have a conversation about how you can be further engaged, contact Teresa Schreiner at 406.781.9499 or TSchreiner@GrowGreatFalls.org.

We are HUNGRY to Grow the Great Falls regional economy, create higher wage jobs, build our tax base, improve our market competitiveness, and enhance the quality of life and economic opportunity for residents of Great Falls, Cascade County, and the entire 13-county Great Falls trade area.

Brett Doney

President & CEO

 

Connect with me on LinkedIn to network with the Great Falls region.

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“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.”

Walter Elliot

GFDA Job Openings

Commercial Loan Processor and Operations Assistant —

Economic Development — Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

Dynamic, self-motivated professional sought to join our passionate, creative, fast-paced, results-driven economic development lending team. Help us to keep growing our gap and bridge financing efforts to support entrepreneurs, businesses, developers and non-profit organizations throughout the Great Falls trade area and across Montana. This position receives, reviews and processes commercial loan documents, maintains loan application files and other duties related to the processing and servicing of the commercial loan portfolio.Reviews all gathered pending documents for accuracy, completeness, loan authority, lien position, insurance, flood insurance, collateral, appraisal, coding, risk rating, disbursements, etc. Reviews documents for compliance purposes, recognizes problems with documentation, and takes appropriate action.  Requires the ability to maintain accurate records, work with a wide variety of clients, and have computer and communication skills. Experience with SBA 504 loan servicing and/or economic development loan funds a plus. Must be detail oriented and organized with flexibility to help achieve our overall team mission. Live on the Missouri River along the Rocky Mountain Front and work with a great team! Salary range $35,000-40,000 with excellent benefits, professional development, growth opportunities, and flexible work environment. EOE.  Cover letter and resume to Brett Doney, President, BDoney@GrowGreatFalls.org.  Open until we find a great candidate.

Business Development Officer – Economic Development. Dynamic, self-motivated professional sought to join our passionate, creative, fast-paced, results-driven economic development team. We are looking for a super star to meet with existing businesses to identify needs, coordinate business development trips and events, and provide overall aid in our business development efforts. Involves coordination, event planning and management, market research, cold-calling, networking, relationship building, project management, advocacy, meeting with businesses, listening, and additional client business development services. Position may involve travel in region, U.S. and Canada. Looking for a star with demonstrated achievement in business development. Requires excellent writing, computer, and communication skills. Live on the Missouri River along the Rocky Mountain Front and work with a great team! Salary range $45,000-55,000 with excellent benefits, professional development, growth opportunities, and flexible work environment. EOE.
Cover letter and resume to Brett Doney, President, BDoney@GrowGreatFalls.org. Open until we find a great candidate.

 

SBA 504 Loans

SBA 504 rates came in at insanely low levels in August. The 25-year note came in at 3.626%; 20-year at 3.526%; and, 20-year refinance at 3.559%. There was no 10-year equipment debenture sale this month but July’s sale came in at 3.922%. These rates are FIXED for the life of the loan and are inclusive of all on-going fees. If you would like to find out how to get financing for commercial real estate and equipment at potentially lower rates than you’re paying for your home mortgage, please contact Jill Kohles at 406-590-1056 or JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org.

 

Cost-Effective Rail-Served Industrial Sites Available

If your company needs a rail-served, BNSF-Certified, shovel-ready site with all municipal services at your door, we have lots available for immediate construction in the Great Falls AgriTech Park. Contact Jolene Schalper at 1.406.750.4481 or JSchalper@GrowGreatFalls.org

 

Great Falls Events Weekly Email

Are you bored? There is always something to do in Great Falls! Check out this week’s listing of things going on and get ready to experience our community. Want the list emailed directly to you? Sign-up to get this weekly event notice. Thank you Great Falls Tourism for putting this together!

 

Events, Business Training & Opportunities

2019 GFDA Business Education Calendar

The Great Falls Tourism Business Improvement District is offering a major grant opportunity of up to $100,000 to spur creation of a new multi-day events that will attract visitors to the city during the non-summer September through mid-June season. New events are events that have not previously been and are not currently being held in Great Falls. Proposals submitted shall comply with the instructions and procedures outlined in the detailed Application Instructions available to download at www.VisitGreatFallsMontana.org/Opportunities. Apply by submitting a proposal electronically in PDF format to Rebecca@VisitGreatFalls.org by 5:00 PM on September 30.

The Downtown Great Falls Association published an exciting Calendar of Events for 2019.

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center offers a great array of workshops and trainings for all sizes of manufacturing companies.

The Montana Department of Commerce’s Film Office is offering powerful new incentives to promote filming and production in Montana. Click here for details.

GFDA Wins Two National Impact Awards

The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has selected the Great Falls Development Authority to receive two 2019 NADO Impact Awards. GFDA is the only economic development organization in the Rocky Mountain West to be recognized with NADO awards this year.

We are excited to earn these awards! Results Matter. Thank you to the outstanding GFDA staff team, volunteer leaders, investors, partners, and, most importantly, our incredible clients!!!

The Impact Awards honor NADO members for their creative approaches to advancing regional community and economic development and improved quality of life. These projects have made significant impacts on their regions and demonstrate the diversity of services and program delivery provided by regional development organizations across the country. The awards will be presented at NADO’s 2019 Annual Training Conference in October in Reno.

 

Great Falls Region Food & Ag Development Center

We are receiving an Impact Award for the first two years of our Great Falls Region Food & Ag Development Center. We launched the Center in July 2017 with funding from the Montana Department of Agriculture and GFDA investors. In its startup, our center has assisted over 47 businesses that have made capital investments in our region totaling over $54 million, created 68 new primary sector jobs, and led to increased agricultural production of over $45 million per year.

The Center works with local entrepreneurs, existing local businesses, and targeted companies from other regions in the food, ag processing, and natural resource sectors. The Center grew out of our strategic planning process launched in 2009 as we sought to recover from the loss of a USAF missile squadron. We created a manufacturing partnership in 2013 with the help of the Economic Development Administration. It quickly became apparent that food and ag-processing industries offered opportunities for our region, which led us to create the Center.

For more information about the Great Falls Region Food & Ag Development Center, contact Barnett Sporkin-Morrison, Center Director, at 406-750-3285 or Barnett@GrowGreatFalls.org.

 

Great Falls Region Bridge Loans

We are receiving an Impact Award for our Bridge Loan financing product.

Ten years ago, we were faced with a challenging opportunity. One of our clients was working on a potential brownfield redevelopment of a long-abandoned former gas station located at a prominent cross-roads entrance to historic downtown Great Falls. Our brownfield team leader worked with the client, a partnership of two local developers, to get the project qualified for state petroleum board cleanup funds, but once the board approved the project they were out of funds and suggested the project be put on hold for 3-4 years when they would have funds available.

The project would not be financially viable with a regular loan our of our EPA brownfield loan fund or a regular gap loan from our other revolving loan funds. The clients did not have the funds available to do the property cleanup and then be reimbursed by the petrol board years later. We were launching a downtown main street initiative and very much wanted to see the project kickstart the downtown effort. Working with the EPA, the petrol board, the bank involved in the project and the client, we were able to create a bridge loan using just the petrol board guarantee as security. This allowed what became the Mountain Mudd Coffee House redevelopment to happen.

The success of the redevelopment caused our economic development organization to investigate creating a new bridge loan product to complement our longstanding gap financing loan product. In the ten years hence, we have put together 11 bridge loan packages totaling $16,314,289 that have leveraged over $121,617,469 in private investment in our region, along the way very significantly expanding our organization’s mission impact. Our success leads us to believe that most economic development organizations who host revolving loan funds should explore bridge lending.

To use, the simple differentiation of a bridge loan from a gap economic development loan, is that our repayment comes from a single occurrence outside of the normal revenue from the business, real estate development or non-profit. These creative financing structures provide upfront capital needed for a project to move forward, capital that traditional lenders cannot provide. Our bridge loans typically have a short term of 12-36 months.

For more information about our bridge loans and other financing products, contact Jill Kohles, Loan Officer, at 1-406-590-1056 or JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Top 10 – 8/20/19

More creative sidewalk paintings in downtown Great Falls, these in front of the new Tracy’s. See KRTV for story.

GFDA Top 10

Here is our Top 11 for last week, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy.

1) Closed a $80,558 loan for an exciting downtown business that is expanding its operations. Downtown Dice & Games, LLC is opening Let’s Play Games And Toys right next door to their current location. They will be offering unique and educational toys in an updated and fun environment. Thank you to our partner, Tom Mathews at Opportunity Bank of Montana, for helping these entrepreneurs expand and the continued support to help revitalize Downtown Great Falls. If you have a business, or are thinking of starting or buying a business and could use some help with financing options, please reach out to Jill Kohles at (406) 590-1056 or JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org.

2) Scheels has started construction on its expansion in Great Falls. KRTV ran a story about the downtown block development visioning project. Meadow Lark Country Club celebrated its Centennial Anniversary, see KRTV.

3) The Great Falls Tourism Business Improvement District is offering a major grant opportunity of up to $100,000 to spur creation of a new multi-day events that will attract visitors to the city during the non-summer September through mid-June season. New events are events that have not previously been and are not currently being held in Great Falls. Proposals submitted shall comply with the instructions and procedures outlined in the detailed Application Instructions available to download at www.VisitGreatFallsMontana.org/Opportunities. Apply by submitting a proposal electronically in PDF format to Rebecca@VisitGreatFalls.org by 5:00 PM on September 30.

4) Worked with several businesses looking to expand through redevelopment projects using the Brownfields tools. Are you investigating the purchase of an older building or vacant site that may be complicated by potential contamination? Don’t give up. Give us a call to see how we can assist you with moving forward on these projects. Contact Lillian Sunwall at LSunwall@GrowGreatFalls.org (406) 750-1253.

5) Infrastructure improvements! Geraldine’s water system received a boost with over $2.1 million in grant and loan funds from USDA Rural Development. See KFBB for details. Construction started on a new main entrance for Gibson Park in Great Falls; see KRTV. Cascade County secured funds to do more planning for reuse of the smelter site in Black Eagle; see TheElectricGF.com. Construction is underway on a major new water line being bored under the Missouri River; see Great Falls Tribune.

6) Several of our clients have some great equity investment Opportunity Zone projects in the works. If you’re looking for investment opportunities or are working to put deals together throughout the Golden Triangle, we’re eager to help. Contact Jolene to discuss, (406) 750-4481 or email JSchalper@GrowGreatFalls.org.

7) The Great Falls Tribune published a nice article about Cut Bank that featured two of our great clients. KRTV did a great story on the Rockcress Commons affordable apartment complex under construction in Great Falls.

8) Lillian made a presentation about GFDA’s newly expanded Procurement technical Assistance Center to economic development lenders at the USDA Rural Development Economic Development Roundtable. Are you interested in learning how to diversify your customer base and grow your business by pursuing government contracting? For more information, contact Lillian Sunwall at LSunwall@GrowGreatFalls.org (406) 750-1253 or Shannon Clancy at SClancy@GrowGreatFalls.org (406) 590-1184.

9) Congratulations to Jill Kohles on her promotion to Loan Officer on GFDA’s team. Jill has done an outstanding job for as as Lending Operations Manager over the past five years and will make a great Loan Officer! Thank you to Mike Archer who has done an outstanding job for us as Loan Officer over the last three years! Mike has joined a large national CDFI, the Rural Community Assistance Corporation, and will continue to work remotely from Butte. We look forward to continue working with Mike in his new capacity.

10) I plan to pitch the Great Falls trade area and network with real estate developers, brokers and retail/dining brands at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Western Division event next month. Let me know if there is anyone you would like me to try to connect with at the event. Proud to represent Montana as ICSC’s state government affairs chair. BDoney@GrowGreatFalls.org.

11) Thank you to this week’s Investors in Economic Development, including Vision Net, for their Leadership Division investment, AE2S for their Pacesetter Division investment, Payne West for their Community Division investment and Anderson Family Pharmacy for their Supporter Division investment. Your investment makes all of our work possible. We’ve been able to leverage local investor dollars to double and sometimes triple the resources we can put to work to grow our regional economy. Whether it is through start-ups, business expansion, attraction deals and real estate development, our team continues to drive your investor dollars toward lead generation, client service and deal closing. If you wish to invest in GFDA, contact Teresa Schreiner at (406) 781-9499 or TSchreiner@GrowGreatFalls.org. Join the team!

We are HUNGRY to Grow the Great Falls regional economy, create higher wage jobs, build our tax base, improve our market competitiveness, and enhance the quality of life and economic opportunity for residents of Great Falls, Cascade County, and the entire 13-county Great Falls trade area.

 

Brett Doney

President & CEO

 

Connect with me on LinkedIn to network with the Great Falls region.

Forward the GFDA Top 10 to friends and colleagues. You can join our distribution list HERE or text GFDA to 22828.

 

“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.”

Michael John Bobak

 

GFDA Job Openings

Commercial Loan Processor and Operations Assistant —

Economic Development — Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

Dynamic, self-motivated professional sought to join our passionate, creative, fast-paced, results-driven economic development lending team. Help us to keep growing our gap and bridge financing efforts to support entrepreneurs, businesses, developers and non-profit organizations throughout the Great Falls trade area and across Montana. This position receives, reviews and processes commercial loan documents, maintains loan application files and other duties related to the processing and servicing of the commercial loan portfolio.Reviews all gathered pending documents for accuracy, completeness, loan authority, lien position, insurance, flood insurance, collateral, appraisal, coding, risk rating, disbursements, etc. Reviews documents for compliance purposes, recognizes problems with documentation, and takes appropriate action.  Requires the ability to maintain accurate records, work with a wide variety of clients, and have computer and communication skills. Experience with SBA 504 loan servicing and/or economic development loan funds a plus. Must be detail oriented and organized with flexibility to help achieve our overall team mission. Live on the Missouri River along the Rocky Mountain Front and work with a great team! Salary range $35,000-40,000 with excellent benefits, professional development, growth opportunities, and flexible work environment. EOE.  Cover letter and resume to Brett Doney, President, BDoney@GrowGreatFalls.org.  Open until we find a great candidate.

Business Development Officer – Economic Development. Dynamic, self-motivated professional sought to join our passionate, creative, fast-paced, results-driven economic development team. We are looking for a super star to meet with existing businesses to identify needs, coordinate business development trips and events, and provide overall aid in our business development efforts. Involves coordination, event planning and management, market research, cold-calling, networking, relationship building, project management, advocacy, meeting with businesses, listening, and additional client business development services. Position may involve travel in region, U.S. and Canada. Looking for a star with demonstrated achievement in business development. Requires excellent writing, computer, and communication skills. Live on the Missouri River along the Rocky Mountain Front and work with a great team! Salary range $45,000-55,000 with excellent benefits, professional development, growth opportunities, and flexible work environment. EOE.
Cover letter and resume to Brett Doney, President, BDoney@GrowGreatFalls.org. Open until we find a great candidate.

 

SBA 504 Loans

SBA 504 rates came in at insanely low levels in August. The 25-year note came in at 3.626%; 20-year at 3.526%; and, 20-year refinance at 3.559%. There was no 10-year equipment debenture sale this month but July’s sale came in at 3.922%. These rates are FIXED for the life of the loan and are inclusive of all on-going fees. If you would like to find out how to get financing for commercial real estate and equipment at potentially lower rates than you’re paying for your home mortgage, please contact Jill Kohles at 406-590-1056 or JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Cost-Effective Rail-Served Industrial Sites Available

If your company needs a rail-served, BNSF-Certified, shovel-ready site with all municipal services at your door, we have lots available for immediate construction in the Great Falls AgriTech Park. Contact Jolene Schalper at 1.406.750.4481 or JSchalper@GrowGreatFalls.org

Great Falls Events Weekly Email

Are you bored? There is always something to do in Great Falls! Check out this week’s listing of things going on and get ready to experience our community. Want the list emailed directly to you? Sign-up to get this weekly event notice. Thank you Great Falls Tourism for putting this together!

Events, Business Training & Opportunities

2019 GFDA Business Education Calendar

The Downtown Great Falls Association published an exciting Calendar of Events for 2019.

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center offers a great array of workshops and trainings for all sizes of manufacturing companies.

The Montana Department of Commerce’s Film Office is offering powerful new incentives to promote filming and production in Montana. Click here for details.

Top 10 – 8/11/19

Visited Lethbridge last Friday and we stayed in one of five newer national brand hotels right across highway from a successful meat processing plant. Enjoyed a great flight of beer at craft brewery right next door. Lethbridge is one of the fastest growing communities in Alberta.

GFDA Top 10

Here is our Top 14 for the last two weeks, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy.

1) California-based Susteen, Inc. plans to develop a blockchain model data center in the former Rainbow Dam powerhouse. NorthWestern Energy has requested approval of the plan from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. See Great Falls Tribune for details.

2) GFDA’s Food and Agricultural Development Center Director Barnett Sporkin-Morrison was in New Zealand last week to give the keynote opening talk at ProteinTECH 2019 in Auckland. Barnett walked a diverse audience from largely New Zealand and Australia through what the future of protein looks like, focusing on changing consumer demand drivers and opportunities for both livestock producers and the alternative protein space. While at the conference networking with attendees, Barnett was interviewed by Radio New Zealand (RNZ) for their national Country Life program and his interview was run on RNZ’s nationwide broadcast this week.

3) Construction started on the new $19 million Missile Maintenance Facility at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls. See more details on TheElectricGF.com.

4) Hosted a prospect visit by a Canadian company. Submitted a proposal for a new industry sector to enter our market. We listen to client needs, compile the information, and create a package to help companies choose Great Falls. If we can help you with data or a pitch package, give Jolene a call at 750.4481.

5) D.A. Davidson Companies and Sletten Construction have been renovating their headquarter offices in Great Falls. It’s great to have these two outstanding companies headquartered here and continuing to make major investments!

6) Lower airline ticket prices saved Great Falls travelers over $32 million since the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce launched the Low Cost Airfare Initiative seven years ago. The Chamber is raising funds for a new incentive pool to attract more direct flights to GTF. GFDA has supported this effort from the start. Last week we pledged $2,500/year for three years to continue our support, and urge our investors to consider supporting this important effort. Contact Shane Etzwiler at 750-9600 or setzwiler@greatfallschamber.org.

7) Scheel’s is expanding its Great Falls store. Pizzaz opened its expanded store downtown. See TheElectricGF.com for details. The Cascade County Commission approved a 78-lot subdivision, see TheElectricGF.com.

8) SBA 504 rates came in at insanely low levels in August. The 25-year note came in at 3.626%; 20-year at 3.526%; and, 20-year refinance at 3.559%. There was no 10-year equipment debenture sale this month but July’s sale came in at 3.922%. These rates are FIXED for the life of the loan and are inclusive of all on-going fees. If you would like to find out how to get financing for commercial real estate and equipment at potentially lower rates than you’re paying for your home mortgage, please contact Jill Kohles at 406-590-1056 or JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org.

9) The Blackfeet Nation, in partnership with the University of Montana’s Department of Native American Studies, won a $2 million grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research to support sustainable agriculture efforts. See details in Glacier Reporter.

10) In an effort to reach a larger audience in our rural communities, GFDA has started broadcasting our training events live over the internet. In our initial broadcast, five people from Kalispell to Shelby to Miles City dialed into The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop. We plan to do this as often as possible when it makes logistical sense. If you are an entrepreneur interested in professional development, contact Jason at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org.

11) The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center is offering a wide array of programs and trainings for Montana manufacturing companies. Visit the MMEC web site for more information.

12) To maximize the Opportunity Zone capital gains investment opportunity, investments must be made by the end of this fiscal year. This week we worked with an area attorney who has put together an Opportunity Fund of investors looking to capitalize on this. We also worked on two projects located in Opportunity Zones interested in investments. For a map of Montana Opportunity Zones, https://commerce.mt.gov/OpportunityZones. Call Jolene to discuss your project 406.750.4481 or JSchalper@GrowGreatFalls.org.

13) The Montana Department of Commerce’s Film Office is offering powerful new incentives to promote filming and production in Montana. Click here for details.

14) Thank you to our Investors in Economic Development, Central Plumbing, Heating & Excavation, for their Advanced Division investment, Great Falls Public Schools, for their investment at the Leadership Division, Sletten Construction, for their investment at the Pacesetter Division and Anderson Family Pharmacy, for their Supporter Division investment. Investment drives a healthy and diverse economy; and your investment continues to allow us to push for growth in ways that couldn’t otherwise happen. We are hungry to Grow Great Falls, so thank you for furthering these efforts! If you haven’t engaged in Investment or have further questions, contact Teresa Schreiner at 406.781.9499.

We are HUNGRY to Grow the Great Falls regional economy, create higher wage jobs, build our tax base, improve our market competitiveness, and enhance the quality of life and economic opportunity for residents of Great Falls, Cascade County, and the entire 13-county Great Falls trade area.

 

Brett Doney

President & CEO

 

Connect with me on LinkedIn to network with the Great Falls region.

Forward the GFDA Top 10 to friends and colleagues. You can join our distribution list HERE or text GFDA to 22828.

 

“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.”

Herbert Bayard Swope

 

GFDA Job Openings

Commercial Loan Processor and Operations Assistant — Economic Development — Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

Dynamic, self-motivated professional sought to join our passionate, creative, fast-paced, results-driven economic development lending team. Help us to keep growing our gap and bridge financing efforts to support entrepreneurs, businesses, developers and non-profit organizations throughout the Great Falls trade area and across Montana. This position receives, reviews and processes commercial loan documents, maintains loan application files and other duties related to the processing and servicing of the commercial loan portfolio.Reviews all gathered pending documents for accuracy, completeness, loan authority, lien position, insurance, flood insurance, collateral, appraisal, coding, risk rating, disbursements, etc. Reviews documents for compliance purposes, recognizes problems with documentation, and takes appropriate action.  Requires the ability to maintain accurate records, work with a wide variety of clients, and have computer and communication skills. Experience with SBA 504 loan servicing and/or economic development loan funds a plus. Must be detail oriented and organized with flexibility to help achieve our overall team mission. Live on the Missouri River along the Rocky Mountain Front and work with a great team! Salary range $35,000-40,000 with excellent benefits, professional development, growth opportunities, and flexible work environment. EOE.  Cover letter and resume to Brett Doney, President, BDoney@GrowGreatFalls.org.  Open until we find a great candidate.

Business Development Officer – Economic Development. Dynamic, self-motivated professional sought to join our passionate, creative, fast-paced, results-driven economic development team. We are looking for a super star to meet with existing businesses to identify needs, coordinate business development trips and events, and provide overall aid in our business development efforts. Involves coordination, event planning and management, market research, cold-calling, networking, relationship building, project management, advocacy, meeting with businesses, listening, and additional client business development services. Position may involve travel in region, U.S. and Canada. Looking for a star with demonstrated achievement in business development. Requires excellent writing, computer, and communication skills. Live on the Missouri River along the Rocky Mountain Front and work with a great team! Salary range $45,000-55,000 with excellent benefits, professional development, growth opportunities, and flexible work environment. EOE.
Cover letter and resume to Brett Doney, President, BDoney@GrowGreatFalls.org. Open until we find a great candidate.

Cost-Effective Rail-Served Industrial Sites Available

If your company needs a rail-served, BNSF-Certified, shovel-ready site with all municipal services at your door, we have lots available for immediate construction in the Great Falls AgriTech Park. Contact Jolene Schalper at 1.406.750.4481 or JSchalper@GrowGreatFalls.org

Great Falls Events Weekly Email

Are you bored? There is always something to do in Great Falls! Check out this week’s listing of things going on and get ready to experience our community. Want the list emailed directly to you? Sign-up to get this weekly event notice. Thank you Great Falls Tourism for putting this together!

Events, Business Training & Opportunities

2019 GFDA Business Education Calendar

The Downtown Great Falls Association published an exciting Calendar of Events for 2019.

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center offers a great array of workshops and trainings for all sizes of manufacturing companies.