Great Falls Development Authority: West Bank Redevelopment Project

Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by Kate Humphrey

NADO’s 2012 Innovation Awards recognized 64 projects from 22 states for their creative approaches to regional community and economic development, including the project described below. Click here for the full list of winners.

After decades of heavy industrial use, the 65-acre area of Great Falls, Montana along the Missouri River known as the West Bank was an eyesore. The Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) partnered with the city on the West Bank Redevelopment Project to reconnect the area and help it reach its economic potential. The project began with a master plan and a brownfield assessment, followed by the establishment of the West Bank Urban Renewal District. Several major projects have since been completed, including a new federal courthouse and a hotel, with more retail, office space, and recreational facilities planned. GFDA received grants from the EDA and EPA and provided bridge loans to private developers, while tax increment financing funded public improvements.

Shaun Tatarka, Grant Writer: [email protected]
Brett Doney, President and CEO: [email protected]

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