Regional Economic Development

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GFDA Upcoming Trainings: Government Contracting Certifications, Business Financials, and more!

Are you a small or disadvantaged business looking to unlock new opportunities in government contracting? Join Great Falls APEX for an informative session where we will be joined by Small Business Specialists for the Department of Transportation with the Civil Rights Bureau.

DOT Enhances Its Program for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises

The Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced a final rule that modernizes its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, which aims to give entrepreneurs facing either social or economic disadvantages a fair shot at competing for transportation contracts in the procurement process.

Helena WINS invites the community to take a look at the trades

“So, we really wanted to target 8th graders, especially thinking about what they want to do for their careers, or even just choosing classes for high school. If hands-on is something that they’re interested in, these industries are great for that.”

GFDA-Top-Ten-for-5-19-24

KRTV ran a story about our partnership agreement with Lethbridge Economic Development.

Net Neutrality Is Really A Debate Over Monopoly Power

“They do not want their providers engaging in blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization. And if they have problems they expect the Nation’s expert authority on communications to be able to respond,”

CBS Sunday Morning – California Forever – The plan for a new California city – Starting a conversation about eastern Solano County

A group backed by some of California’s richest has purchased some 60,000 acres of farmland in Northern California, as part of an ambitious plan to build a brand-new, walkable city in the nation’s most car-centric state, for as many as 400,000 residents.

Montana Department of Commerce Announces International Tourism Marketing Strategy Development Initiative

Over the next 12 months, Commerce will collaborate with its marketing agencies of record (AORs) to understand the desired outcomes from Montana’s economic development and tourism industry leaders. Previously focused on trade tourism and seven specific international markets, Commerce will now explore new options, including new markets, direct-to-consumer tactics, rich media marketing campaigns and exclusive Montana-based summits and press tours.

Feds to end coal leasing in Powder River Basin, nation’s largest source of coal

Though the Powder River Basin coal industry has been in decline since 2008, the BLM’s decision — even if it is defeated by legal challenges — sends a strong signal to the industry, as well as Wyoming and Montana leaders, that mining in the region will come to an end, said Shannon Anderson, attorney for the Sheridan-based landowner advocacy group Powder River Basin Resource Council.

GFDA Releases Report on Economic Impact of Population Growth in Great Falls Montana

Modest population growth in the Great Falls Montana MSA (Cascade County) created local economic impact of $88.8 million from 2018-2023, supporting 717 jobs in the region, according to a report released today by the Great Falls Development Alliance (GFDA).

The Missoula Economic Partnership Indicator May 2024

Missoula to Host Headwaters Tech Hub Consortium Members