2019 Economic Outlook Seminar to Visit 10 Montana Cities

January 23, 2019

MISSOULA – The Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana will begin its 44th annual Economic Outlook Seminar series in Helena on Tuesday, Jan. 29, Great Falls on Wednesday, Jan. 30, and Missoula on Friday, Feb. 1.

This half-day seminar highlights the latest economic trends for local economies and the state of Montana.

“The question for Montana is not whether or not we will get another recession. It is what kind of recession it will be,” said Patrick Barkey, BBER director.

Every year, industry experts give their outlook for Montana’s important sectors, including health care, forestry, energy, tourism, real estate and agriculture. And for the first time, the seminar will include the outlook for high-tech and start-up industries.

The theme of this year’s seminar tour is “Facing the Challenge of Affordable Housing.”

“Housing has always been a policy priority,” Barkey said. “That's why we're taking on what is probably one of the hardest issues to solve.”

Housing prices have been rising faster than household incomes in almost every urban area of Montana – in some places, almost twice as fast. BBER economists will discuss the future of housing markets and attendees can pose questions to a panel of speakers from their local communities.

Registration costs $90. Registration for Montana University System faculty, staff and students is $25. Attendees will receive a copy of the 2019 Montana Economic Report, a book of the PowerPoint presentations, lunch and a one-year subscription to Montana Business Quarterly, BBER’s award-winning magazine. Continuing education credits are available and groups of five or more can receive a discount.

The seminars run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The full schedule is:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 29, Great Northern Hotel, Helena
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30, Hilton Garden Inn, Great Falls
  • Friday, Feb. 1, Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5, Doubletree Hotel, Billings
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6, The Commons, Bozeman and live webcast
  • Thursday, Feb. 7, NorthWestern Energy General Office, Butte
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12, Hilton Garden Inn, Kalispell
  • Tuesday, March 12, USDA Agricultural Research Services, Sidney
  • Wednesday, March 13, Sleep Inn & Suites, Miles City
  • Thursday, March 14, Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, Big Sky

For more information or to register, visit http://www.economicoutlookseminar.com or call 406-243-5113.

Established in 1948, the Bureau of Business and Economic Research is the main research unit of the University of Montana’s College of Business. BBER researchers engage in a wide range of applied research projects that address different aspects of the state economy, including survey research, economic analysis, health care research, forecasting, wood products research and energy research. For more information visit http://bber.umt.edu  or call 406-243-5113.

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Contact: Patrick Barkey, director, UM Bureau of Business and Economic Research, 406-243-5113, patrick.barkey@business.umt.edu.