10th Annual Montana Downtown Conference & Downtown/Riverfront Opportunity Showcase

Join us for Montana’s 10th Annual Downtown Conference and Downtown/Riverfront Opportunity Showcase, being held in Great Falls, Montana October 18-20!

This year’s focus is economic development, one of the key pillars of revitalizing any downtown!

The Downtown/Riverfront Opportunity Showcase will kick off at noon on Wednesday, 10/18 and will run until noon on Thursday, 10/19.

The 10th Annual Montana Downtown Conference will kick off at noon on Thursday, 10/19 and run until 1:30pm on Friday 10/20.

10th Annual Montana Downtown Conference Registration Options:

Option #1: Early Bird Registration –between August 16th and August 31st at $95 per person

Option #2*: Early Bird Registration with Main Street member discount at $75 per person

Option #3: General Registration – between September 1st and October 15th at $125 per person

Option #4*: General Registration with Main Street member discount at $100 per person

*Main Street rates are limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis for members & affiliates.

Please note: Registration after October 16th will be $150 per person

Special Great Falls Downtown/Riverfront Opportunity Showcase Add-on!

The Great Falls Downtown/Riverfront Opportunity Showcase will run from noon Wednesday 10/18 until noon on Thursday 10/19.  Conference registrants are invited to join Great Falls community and business leaders for a special Downtown & Riverfront Showcase, highlighting recent development & business successes, and opportunities for new investment.

Early Bird – through August 31st at $50 per person

After September 1st at $75 per person


OR print out the registration form BY CLICKING HERE

Great Falls Hotel Information

Hotel Arvon, 32 rooms have been set aside for the conference – group name needed to reserve is Montana Downtown. All rooms are $109 a night, first come, first serve on suites! 406.952.1101

O’Haire Motor Inn, 25 rooms have been set aside for the conference – group name needed to reserve is Group Block Downtown Conference.  Singles are $75.90 a night, doubles are $97.30 a night. 406.454.2141 or 800.332.9819

In Downtown Great Falls we also have the Mid-Town Motel and the Econo Lodge – rooms have not been set aside for the conference at these hotels but all are within walking distance of the conference venues. Staybridge Suites Great Falls is also directly across the river.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Joan Redeen of the Great Falls Business Improvement District at 406.727.5430 or info@greatfallsbid.com


Parking Meter Art Installation

Media Release

Date: May 30, 2017
Contact:  Joan Redeen 727-5430
For Immediate Release

Great Falls, Montana –

The Great Falls Business Improvement District (BID) is pleased to announce the completion of its most recent art project – its second installment of Parking Meter Art.  Eight decorated meter heads will be installed in conjunction with First Friday Art Walk on Friday, June 2nd at approximately 4:30pm in the newly created parking meter art garden located on 4th Street North, between Central Ave and 1st Ave North, at the North Parking Garage.  This is a continuation of the BID’s beautification efforts in Downtown Great Falls.  Utilizing a Boy Scout who was working on his Eagle project the garden was prepared for the meter art created by eight local artists.

The meters utilized in this project are not functional parking meters ~ they are works of art.  People who like and appreciate the art will be encouraged to “plug” the meters with their donations.  The funds collected will, in turn, be returned to the Downtown through the work of the BID.

The artists involved in this project were selected last fall and include seasoned artists alongside an 11-year old emerging artist.  The artists are being invited to be present between approximately 4:30pm and 5:30pm when the meter heads will be installed.

This project would not be possible without the support of the Boy Scouts, specifically Sam Collins, Standard Parking Plus, the City of Great Falls and Advanced Coatings.

Press Release – Parking Meter Art Project 2017


BID Hiring – Community Resource Ambassador

COMMUNITY RESOURCE AMBASSADOR (Seasonal Position)                                                                                        


The Great Falls Business Improvement District (BID) Clean & Safe Team is a group of paid and volunteer individuals who are responsible for promoting a cleaner, safer and friendlier downtown.  The Community Resource Ambassador must be able to work well independently and in a team environment, follow all policies of the BID and be punctual in performance.  The Resource Ambassador interacts directly with residents, business members, and visitors.  The Resource Ambassador is responsible for helping to improve the perception and wellbeing of Downtown Great Falls, ensuring that the image is a positive one.

The BID Community Resource Ambassador reports directly to the Community Director at the BID Office and works cooperatively with other BID Staff.


  • Provide the public with directions, general assistance or referrals and assistance regarding safety concerns and issues;
  • Provide community services, such as safe walks, vehicle and property audits;
  • Identify and report new businesses and vacant commercial properties within the BID;
  • Deliver and pick up materials to and from various businesses;
  • Remove posters and/or advertising from light poles or traffic signal boxes;
  • Pick up litter from walkways, planters and tree grates, sweep sidewalks;
  • Remove weeds from sidewalks, around planters, benches and tree grates;
  • Document and report graffiti;
  • Notify the proper authorities of all criminal and suspicious activities;
  • Report all activities witnessed and performed, and follow up as required;
  • Report any concerns or feedback from businesses, residents and visitors;
  • Attend and promote various downtown events and other special events;
  • Refer all media requests to the BID office;
  • Assist with other duties or projects as required.

A high school diploma is required. Post-secondary education is an asset. Candidates must produce a clear criminal background check and a clean driving record. Candidates must be team-oriented and have a consistently positive, pleasant and professional demeanor. Candidates must be self-motivated, responsible, reliable, hardworking and punctual.  They must have strong public relations and diplomatic abilities, pay keen attention to detail and have excellent problem solving skills. The ability to maintain confidentiality is crucial to the position. Must be physically fit to tour on foot and able to perform other duties and work outdoors at all times.  Initiative, responsibility and dependability are required qualities in candidates.

Hours of work are Sunday through Saturday; day, afternoon, evening and weekend shifts for a total of 30-40 hours per week.  Pay is $10.00 per hour.  The term of this position runs from May 1st until October 31st, dependent upon weather, date(s) subject to change.

Community Resource Ambassador Job Description 2017

Job Service Application


The Pedlet is HERE!

Media Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Joan Redeen, Community Director
Telephone: 727-5430
Email: info@greatfallsbid.com

The Pedlet is HERE!

Great Falls, Montana – The Great Falls Business Improvement District, on behalf of the Downtown Development Partnership (DDP), is pleased to announce the unveiling today of our initial pedlet at Mighty Mo Brewing Company at 412 Central Ave.  The project was funded by Montana Main Street grant funds, NeighborWorks Great Falls and the Great Falls Business Improvement District.

What is a Pedlet? A pedlet is a wooden structure that acts as a sidewalk extension beyond the existing curb line. These wooden structures are not meant for dining, they are for pedestrian use only. This new downtown outdoor dining opportunity will add one more element of fun to our Main Street.  It reflects our City’s commitment to encouraging walking and biking, creating great streets, and strengthening our communities.

Pedlets act as a new route for pedestrians; it utilizes on-street parallel parking space(s); it is allowed within the BID boundaries; it will be utilized from May – September/October, depending on the weather; it is designed for easy removal and will be stored by the BID when not in use; it is ADA compliant and will not inhibit the flow of traffic.   Pedlets are designed to protect diners and allow them to enjoy a hassle free meal in a sidewalk dining setting.

West Allis, Wisconsin, was the first City in the nation to create, and coin the term, ‘pedlet’.  Great Falls is thrilled to be the second official city in the nation to implement this dynamic program.

The BID worked in partnership with the City of Great Falls, and Max Grebe, of L’Heureux Page Werner in design of the pedlet.  The pedlet was constructed and installed by Detailed Construction.

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Downtown Safety Alliance – Special Presentation 6/6/17

Downtown Safety Alliance Presents

Downtown Public Safety Awareness Training

by B.R.I.C. Officer Adam Hunt

This class is designed for Owners, Managers and Employees of Downtown properties.  We will hear from the GFPD on issues that are happening downtown. When should you call 911, the nonemergency line or report online?   What information do you need to have when you call?  What is trespassing and how do you file a DO NOT Trespass on a person?  How to deal with shoplifting issues!  What is the best way to handle panhandling and vagrancy on your property?

Officer Hunt will do a short presentation with a Q&A to follow

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

One hour classes at 8:00am, Noon and 3:00pm

O’Haire Motor Inn

Refreshments will be served

Space is limited.  To register call 454-2141

Click here for a downloadable flyer

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Downtown Business Watch 5/9/17

Downtown Business Watch


Tuesday, May 9th

[Great Falls, May 2, 2017]  The Downtown Safety Alliance, a committee of the Downtown Development Partnership, announces the next in our education programs for our Downtown Business Watch program.

Join us Tuesday, May 9th in the NeighborWorks Learning Center at 509 1st Ave South, beginning at 5:30pm.

An informative presentation on the past year of the Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) program will be presented by BRIC Officer Adam Hunt, Great Falls Police Department.  The goal of the Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) was to decrease social harm and improve the quality of life in our community.  Drawing on the deterrent value of highly visible traffic enforcement and the knowledge that crimes often involve motor vehicles, DDACTS integrates location-based crime and traffic crash data to determine the most effective methods for deploying law enforcement. The program was implemented in May, 2016 and Adam will bring us up to date on the status and some results in the past year.

This meeting is sponsored by the NeighborWorks Great Falls, refreshments will be provided by Chopz.

Business Watch meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month and last one hour.  The meeting format has been established to allow for a 30-minute presentation on a specific topic, 15 minutes for questions and answers on that topic and closes with 15 minutes of discussion on current downtown issues.  Refreshments will be served.  Downtown Business Watch meetings are open to anyone interested in attending.

Press Release

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6th Annual Cash Mob 4/29/17

Cash Mob
We are holding Great Falls’ 6th Annual Cash Mob!

(See the link below if you are unfamiliar with what this is.)

Saturday, April 29th
Everyone who is coming must meet at 10am at
Food Frenzy
600 Central Ave
Let’s make a GREAT showing!

There are only three rules:
1. Spend $20
2. Meet three people you didn’t know before
3. Have FUN!!

It’s that easy!

Just show up at 10am at Food Frenzy and we’ll let you know the rest when you get there!

Don’t forget –
Saturday, April 29th at 10am at Food Frenzy located at
600 Central Ave
We’ll see YOU Downtown!

#CashMob #DowntownGF

Facebook Event

“We each do a little. We all do a lot.”



Traffic Signal Box Project 2017

Press Release

Date:  March 16, 2017
Contact:  Joan Redeen 727-5430
For Immediate Release
Great Falls, Montana –

The Great Falls Business Improvement District (BID), on behalf of the Downtown Development Partnership (DDP), is pleased to announce the continuation of its Traffic Signal Box (TSB) program for local artists interested in design of public art on selected traffic signal boxes.  Beginning in 2011, the BID completed all 21 traffic signal boxes located within the BID boundaries. The partnership with the DDP allows the BID to complete traffic signal boxes outside of the BID boundaries.  The program is part of an effort to continue beautification in Downtown Great Falls. The TSB Art Project enhances the pedestrian and driving experience by incorporating artwork directly into the streetscape.  Spring of 2017 we will be completing two (2) traffic signal boxes on 2nd Ave North.

The TSB Art Project is a public art opportunity open to all artists residing in Cascade County.  Artists who wish to participate can review the Call to Artists for the specific requirements.  The Call to Artists can be picked up at the BID office located at 100 1st Avenue North or downloaded from our website at www.greatfallsbid.com.  Emerging artists are encouraged to apply.

The Call to Artists is being made public on Friday, March 17th.  The submission deadline for artists to be considered for the project is Friday, April 28th at 12:30pm.

This project would not be possible with the support of the Downtown Development Partnership, the City of Great Falls, the Montana Department of Transportation and the Clean Slate Group.

Click HERE for the Call to Artists


Business Watch 2017

Our Business Watch schedule for 2017 is complete!




BID/DGFA Offices Re-locating 11/21/16

The Great Falls Business Improvement District AND the Downtown Great Falls Association offices are re-locating!

Our phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same!

Effective Monday, November 21, 2016 the BID/DGFA will be moving into office space with the Great Falls Chamber at 100 1st Ave North.