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2022 is looking to be an excellent year for
Great Falls Montana!
January 7 we celebrated the new year with Ignite 2022 presented by PayneWest Insurance! Check out the recap below.

Ignite 2022 Recap

The Great Falls International Airport discussed their condo warehouse project with Dick Anderson Construction. These industrial bays are just off the interest and ideal for small to mid size businesses. Ground breaking will be spring/summer 2022.

Great Falls International Airport also discussed their planned facade, counter, and baggage claim renovations beginning in 2022.

Independence Bank is working with Fuson Architecture and Guy Tobacco Construction to finish their first Great Falls location on River Drive. They expect to open July 2022. Included in the bank is a full service True Brew Espresso.

A generous gift from Mark and Robyn Jones will allow MSU College of Nursing to build a brand new, state-of-the-art nursing school in Great Falls!

Cascade County Commissioner Joe Briggs shared the counties planned updates on Armington Bridge, Montana Expo Park, GIS maps, and other necessary projects with lasting impacts.

Honey Hippo Play Cafe announced their opening in January 2022! This offers families with children 5 and under a safe indoor place space, coffee shop, classes, and party space.

Alluvion Health gave an update on 601 Central Avenue. They are working with GFDA, Schroeder Construction, Sletten Construction, and Nelson Architects to redevelop the site bringing all of Alluvion's services under one roof. The $29 million project will create 50-100 new high wage jobs! Construction will begin April 2022.

Montana Apothecary & Co. is opening a modern apothecary dedicated to self care. Co-tenant Habit will offer yoga and wellness products including guided meditation. Both expect to open in 2022 in their new building at 1921 11th Avenue South.

Great Falls Cross Fit recently opened in their new building at 1201 5th Street South. The program is focused on functional movement and now has 700 members!

The Great Falls Clinic announced the May opening of their $7m expansion to the surgery center in partnership with Dick Anderson Construction and LPW Architects. Work is underway on an additional expansion to the hospital to begin in 2022!

Touro Medical School is well underway to become Montana's first medical school! Touro President Dr. Alan Kadish shared the economic impact of a medical school on a community the size of Great Falls. Total jobs supported by the school include 325 in highly specialized areas. In the fourth year of operation, we'll have 600 medical students and their families!

FarmPower Malt is building FarmPower Distillery in Power Montana! They currently create high quality and specialty craft malt and ryes.

Eden Feeds a local non-GMO livestock feed company in Great Falls is expanding for increased production and efficiency. Expansion should be complete by March 2022.

Sustainable Oils is a camellia grain company in Great Falls, building a 600,000 bushel storage facility in Havre. They bought the Cargill research facility in Great Falls.

IND Hemp in Fort Benton has expanding their food grade operations that include oil, power and hemp hearts. They are now ready to turn on their new fiber processing facility which will create 30 new jobs!

MAFB 341 Missile Wing updated on their construction projects. working on the new Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) the $86B project will be underway through 2036. Upgrades to different areas of the base facilities are underway in preparation for the larger project.

NeighborWorks Great Falls updated on the Baatz Building Redevelopment located at 400 2nd Ave South. This project will feature 25 permanent supportive housing units with supportive services on the main floor. Completion is expected for 2024.

Karhu Koski Distillery Crafted Spirits discussed their campus project consisting of four buildings. Construction will begin in 2022.

The Wild Hare has opened in the former Lobby Bar building 518 Central Avenue. This sports bar, casino, tequila tasting room, liquor store, and restaurant has breathed new life into this historic building.

The Farran Realty Partners are working on their newest 216 unit professional apartments on smelter avenue. They expect to be fully completed in 2023.

Calumet Montana Renewables shared their major expansion to produce a high quality Renewable Diesel. bringing their total job count to 265 high quality jobs and 312 indirect jobs because of their operation.
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Great Falls Development Authority
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Grow and diversify the Great Falls regional economy.
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Improve market competitiveness.                
The first economic development organization in the Rocky Mountain West to earn accreditation from the International Economic Development Council.

GFDA is a certified Community Development Financial Institution and a 501(c)3 charitable organization. High Plains Financial is a certified Community Development Corporation that offers SBA 504 loans statewide. GFDA and High Plains Financial are Equal Opportunity Employers and Lenders.

GFDA is proud to host a Montana Small Business Development Center, a Montana Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and a Montana Food & Ag Development Center. We are also proud to provide office space for MSU's Montana Manufacturing Extension Center.

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