BBER Earns National Award for Website Excellence

November 02, 2017

MISSOULA – The Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana recently won a national Award of Excellence in Websites.

BBER earned the award for its Montana Economic Outlook Seminar site, which is online at The honor was presented by the Association for University Business and Economic Research at AUBER’s 2017 conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“Our new site gives attendees of our outlook events across the state a place to learn and interact with seminar presenters throughout the year,” said Patrick Barkey, director of BBER. “We’re thrilled to see the talents of our publications director, Scott Hawk, recognized in this prestigious award.”

“This award recognizes the most effective ways of communicating research findings to local communities,” said Bruce Kellison, the 2016-17 AUBER president and director at the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Texas, Austin. “AUBER members play a vital role in researching and communicating about local and regional economic conditions around the country.”

AUBER is the professional association of business and economic research organizations at public and private universities and consists of more than 60 leading university-based economic research centers.

Established in 1948, BBER is the main research unit of UM’s School of Business Administration. It informs Montanans about the economic climate in which they live and work. In addition to conducting its Economic Outlook Seminars across the state each year, 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.

In addition, it has published the Montana Business Quarterly since 1949. For more information or to subscribe to the Montana Business Quarterly, visit or call 406-243-5113. The Montana Business Quarterly also is available online at

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