Great Falls “Theme”

GeeGuy has posted the memo that a recruiting firm is using to screen applicants to replace John Lawton as our city manager. The memo is a bit damning in some areas re: the coal plant – GeeGuy’s criticism is spot-on. But what got my attention is the section about “Possible Themes To Build Upon” for the new city manager. Here’s a screen shot:


Well, gosh…should I be flattered that one of them echoes the name of my blog? And if the new city manager opts to pursue it, do you think I might get royalties? 🙂

Friday Fun

A new feature here at GreaterFalls: Friday Fun! For the first edition, I’ve got three animal-themed links: one true classic (Viking Kittens) and two favorites that captured the hearts of millions this summer. Enjoy!

– Classic Rock + Cute Kittens + Vikings = Viking Kittens!

– If you haven’t seen Dramatic Prairie Dog in action, now is the perfect time.

– Did you know that zombies like turtles? Destined to be a classic!

Great Falls is Great

While discussing the news about the Mystery (GE?) Company considering Great Falls as a possible location, GiftShoppeGuy mused about some of the things that make Great Falls so darn great – both for residents and business:

Great Falls was supposed to grow. From the very beginning, this city’s founding fathers set it up to be a prosperous place, full of many successes. I like Great Falls. This is the only city in the state that has the capacity to grow, and remain quite friendly while doing so…most who move to Billings, Bozeman or Missoula, would much rather own a small yappy crossbred dog, than to invest in our real future… kids. Great Falls was made for growth… Go sit atop Gore Hill sometime, and look at the city that lays at your feet… Wide open spaces abound. We aren’t hemmed in between two mountains, or sunk deep into a stuffy hole amongst the Rimrocks. We aren’t over run by a bunch of liberal college kids either…

Don’t get me wrong – I like Billings, and Missoula has some nice features, for instance – but nothing compares to Great Falls. He’s right about sitting atop Gore Hill and looking at our community, with the Highwood and Little Belt mountains in the distance, with a huge swath of gentle plains-like open areas and some enchanting hills. We really have the best of it all.

Help Wanted

The Trib ran a splashy request to have people submit applications for an unnamed Fortune 500 company that may – or may not – open an office in Great Falls. The reasoning is that the flood of applicants will demonstrate to the company that we have the manpower, skills, and desire to accommodate their needs. There is quite a lively discussion on the Trib forum about this, with pro-GF and anti-GF people lining up to tell us why this is or is not a potential good thing for our community.
(pay particular attnention to the poster named “redneck hippie” – quite possibly the poster child for comment moderation, and a perfect example of why many people – like me – rarely visit Forums)

And the folks over at Pulse Great Falls echo the Trib’s request for people to apply; I received the following e-mail from Heather, the membership director:

The Great Falls Development Authority has asked me to forward the message below and the attached flyer. One of the reasons I agreed to do this is because one of Pulse’s goals is to help recruit and retain young people in Great Falls. It would be wonderful if a new company decided to relocate to our city. So, please read the information below and even if you aren’t interested, pass it on to your friends or family. You never know who might be looking for a new job.

I’m all in favor of this unnamed company coming to Great Falls, but I’m a bit grumpy that the GFDA won’t tell us the name of the company – this is the year 2007, isn’t it? you know, information wants to be free? – but if the company asked for anonymity, well, then, I suppose that I have to respect that the GFDA is just honoring that request. But seriously – can anyone give me one good reason for such secrecy?

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