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The Bureau of Business and Economic Research has been providing information about Montana’s state and local economies for nearly 70 years.
Located at the University of Montana, the bureau is the research and public service branch of the School of Business Administration.
On an ongoing basis, the bureau analyzes local, state and national economies; provides annual income, employment and population forecasts; conducts research on forest products, manufacturing, health care and survey research at its on-site call center.
It publishes the award-winning Montana Business Quarterly and presents its annual economic outlook seminars in cities throughout Montana each year.
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Schedule

The 43rd Annual Montana Economic Outlook Seminar will travel to nine cities across the state.
January 23

Helena

Day: Tuesday
Time: 8am-1pm
Venue: Great Northern Hotel
Address: 835 Great Northern Blvd.
January 24

Great Falls

Day: Wednesday
Time: 8am-1pm
Venue: Hilton Garden Inn
Address: 2520 14th St. SW.
January 26

Missoula

Day: Friday
Time: 8am-1pm
Venue: Hilton Garden Inn
Address: 3720 N. Reserve St.
January 30

Billings

Day: Tuesday
Time: 8am-1pm
Venue: DoubleTree
Address: 27 N. 27th St.
January 31

Bozeman

Day: Wednesday
Time: 8am-1pm
Venue: The Commons
Address: 1794 E. Baxter Ln.
February 1

Butte

Day: Thursday
Time: 8am-1pm
Venue: NorthWestern Energy General Office
Address: 11 E. Park St.
February 6

Kalispell

Day: Tuesday
Time: 8am-1pm
Venue: Hilton Garden Inn
Address: 1840 U.S. 93 S.
March 13

Lewistown

Day: Tuesday
Time: 8am-1pm
Venue: Central Montana Education Center
Address: 773 Airport Rd.
March 14

Havre

Day: Wednesday
Time: 8am-1pm
Venue: MSU Northern Hensler Auditorium
Address: 300 13th St. W.
Meet the

Speakers

Our lineup of speakers include industry and economic experts focused on Montana.
Robert

Nystuen

Robert Nystuen is vice chair of the Montana University Board of Regents and has been a community banker for 40 years. Since 2004, he has been market president of Glacier Bank. He has been associated with the board of trustees of Flathead Valley Community College since 2002 and served as board chair for eight years. In 2015, he was appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to the board of regents, which is responsible for the Montana University System.
Patrick

Barkey

Patrick Barkey has served as director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research since 2008. He has been involved with economic forecasting and policy research for more than 30 years, in both the private and public sectors. Before moving to Montana, he served as director of the Bureau of Business Research at Ball State University in Indiana for 14 years. He holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.
Bryce

Ward

Bryce Ward is associate director at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research and director of the bureau’s health care research program. Bryce has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a B.A. in economics and history from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining the bureau, Bryce spent nine years providing expert testimony and policy analysis as a Senior Economist at ECO Northwest, a Portland, Oregon-based consulting firm.
Paul

Polzin

Paul Polzin is director emeritus of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research. He has studied the Montana economy extensively for the past 35 years with particular emphasis on the natural resources industry. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University. His work has been published in journals, such as the Annals of Regional Science and he has testified before Congress in a House committee.
Norma

Nickerson

Norma Nickerson is director of the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana, which oversees a variety of tax-funded projects, contracts and research in the recreation industry. She is the author of three books, is a board member of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank and associate editor of the Journal of Travel Research. She received her Ph.D. in recreation and leisure from the University of Utah.
Todd

Morgan

Todd Morgan is director of Forest Industry Research at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research. He oversees research related to timber harvesting and primary wood products manufacturing throughout the Western United States. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters and earned a master’s in forestry from the University of Montana. Prior to joining the bureau, he was a research silviculturist for the Texas Forest Service.
George

Haynes

George Haynes is an agricultural policy specialist with the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University. He is a former professor with the MSU Department of Health and Human Development and earned a doctorate in consumer economics and housing from Cornell University. His contributions to the field of consumer finance and economics have produced over 35 journal articles, five book chapters and over 45 monographs.
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