Economic Development

More On The GFDA
Economic Development, Great Falls

More On The GFDA

After our reporting (and thanks to our tipsters!), KRTV ran a story about Brett Doney’s gloomy review of the Great Falls job market. Apparently, the state of Montana disagrees with Doney: But the Montana Department of Labor says the GFDA report is inconsistent with state numbers.  Chief Economist Barbara Wagner says there were roughly 300 jobs…

Poll: Economic Development Mill Levy
Economic Development, Poll

Poll: Economic Development Mill Levy

As we reported a couple of days ago, and as the Tribune reported yesterday, the GFDA is recommending that: …Cascade County commissioners place a three-mill economic development levy before county voters this spring during a special election to generate $450,000 a year that can be used to create more jobs. It won’t be a large one: A…

City Commission, Economic Development, Great Falls

Brett Doney Said What?!

Phil Faccenda made reference to it in his very good piece yesterday, and we have received a number of tips about it recently… but we’re still grappling with some of the comments made by Great Falls’ economic development chief, Brett Doney, at the Jan. 3 City Commission meeting. Most glaringly, Doney said that Great Falls lost “707 net jobs” in…

GFDA Angling For Mill Levy
Economic Development, Great Falls

GFDA Angling For Mill Levy

There are some interesting items in today’s GFDA Quarterly Investor Letter, and perhaps none more so than priority #2: 2)  Put a 3-mill economic development levy before Cascade County voters on the special election ballot to replace Ryan Zinke. Passage of this small levy would generate about $450,000 a year to make Great Falls and Cascade County more competitive in…