UM Business Bureau Earns National Award for Its Magazine

October 28, 2019

MISSOULA – The Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana recently won a national award of excellence in electronic publications for its Montana Business Quarterly magazine.

The honor was presented by the Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER) at its 2019 conference in Savannah, Georgia.

For 57 years, the Montana Business Quarterly has provided research on economic and social-economic trends in the state. The first edition was published in 1962 and featured articles on Montana’s economy and statewide personal income estimates. Today, the UM magazine still addresses issues important to Montanans, like affordable housing, entrepreneurship and the state’s growing high-tech industry.

The decline of print media in recent years has spurred a growing social media audience for the magazine and its digital publication, which is online at

“We launched the digital version of the magazine in 2016 and have made some big strides in expanding our readership,” said Scott Hawk, editor of the Montana Business Quarterly and BBER publications director. “Today, the magazine has a much larger audience with articles reaching thousands of readers across the state.”

“The visibility and prestige of an AUBER award is especially valuable and rewarding, since it is conferred by one’s own peers,” said Patrick Barkey, BBER director and AUBER’s 2019-20 president.

AUBER is the premier professional organization for regional economics centers across the United States, with members from more than 75 leading universities and affiliate organizations.

“AUBER has a long tradition of recognizing the excellence of the important work done by its membership,” said Kathy Deck, AUBER publications chair. “Clear communication about complex topics is one of the things that AUBER members do best, so we are pleased to recognize superlative work that helps our community leaders understand economic realities and plan more effectively.”

Established in 1948, BBER is the main research unit of the College of Business at UM. Its 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 or call 406-243-5113.

Subscriptions to the print edition of the Montana Business Quarterly are available. For more information or to subscribe, visit Follow the Montana Business Quarterly on Facebook and Twitter @mtbquarterly.


Contact: Scott Hawk, BBER publications director and editor, 406-243-2782,