BBER to Release Inaugural Montana Economic Report at Outlook Seminars

February 01, 2016

MISSOULA – New this year, the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana will release its inaugural Montana Economic Report, a comprehensive assessment of economic activity in Montana, at its Economic Outlook Seminar series, which visits Kalispell on Friday, Feb. 12.

“Montana Economic Report 2016” will cover topics such as 2015 in review, the U.S. economic outlook, an in-depth look at the Montana economy and assessments of eight key industry sectors in Montana, including technology and innovation, farming and ranching, and logistics and transportation, among others.

“We wanted to expand our coverage and analysis of Montana’s economy to include areas of importance to Montanans, and we believe this inaugural edition of the ‘Montana Economic Report 2016’ is a great start,” BBER Director Patrick Barkey said.

An in-depth look at the Montana economy, the report covers the future of coal, the outmigration of Montana’s college graduates, Montana’s property tax system, Medicaid expansion and declining commodity prices.

The report will be provided to those attending the upcoming BBER Economic Outlook Seminars around the state. Doug Young, professor emeritus of economics at Montana State University, will present the keynote, “Rising Property Taxes – What You Should Know.”

In addition to Paul Polzin’s local economic outlooks, this year’s seminars also will include local market-focused information on property taxes, manufacturing, real estate and housing.

The seminars cost $85, which includes the “Montana Economic Report 2016,” a copy of the PowerPoint presentation, lunch and a one-year subscription to Montana Business Quarterly, BBER’s award-winning business journal. Continuing education credits are available. Groups of five or more can receive a discount by registering online at

The seminar runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the following cities:

  • Kalispell: Friday, Feb. 12, Hilton Garden Inn
  • Lewistown: Tuesday, March 15, Central Montana Education Center
  • Havre: Wednesday, March 16, MSU-Northern, Hensler Auditorium

 BBER is the main research unit of the School of Business Administration at UM. Established in 1948, its mission is to inform Montanans about the economic climate in which they live and work. In addition to conducting its Economic Outlook Seminars across the state at the beginning of each year, BBER researchers engage in a wide range of applied research projects that deal with different aspects of the state economy, including survey research, economic analysis, health care research, forecasting, wood products research and energy research.

For more information or to register, visit BBER online at or call 406-243-5113.


Contact: Patrick Barkey, director, UM Bureau of Business and Economic Research, 406-243-5113,