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August 2 - 4, 2022

7 Montana Cities





The 2022  Midyear Economic Update is Coming Soon to 7 Montana Cities!

Economic Outlook Seminar 2022

Thanks for attending our Economic Outlook Seminar held January-March, 2022! Check out the highlights below from our seminar series.

The 2022 Economic Outlook Seminar highlighted the latest economic trends for local economies and the state of Montana, with special focus on housing.

Where Housing Is Headed: How Will Today’s Imbalances Be Resolved?

Things that can’t go on forever usually don’t. But if you are millennial waiting for housing prices to crash so you can buy a home, you might have a long wait. The notion that today’s housing price situation is a bubble waiting to break is belied by the fact that housing prices have increased faster than median income almost anywhere for more than 20 years – that includes most places in Montana.

So where is housing going? It’s a critical question being faced by communities everywhere as sky-high housing costs have affected everything from labor markets to public services. That’s why we’ve returned to a focus on housing as a theme for the 2022 Economic Outlook Seminar – to try to understand where we are going and what action steps we can take to get to a better place.

Why Attend EOS 2022?

BBER economists will present national, state and local economic forecasts for Montana’s largest communities and industry experts will give their outlook for the state’s important sectors, including tourism, health care, real estate and housing, agriculture, manufacturing, high-tech and forest products.

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Where Can I Attend?

EOS 2022 will travel to nine cities across the state and provide a live webcast for other regions. This year we will offer in-person events in Great Falls, Helena, Missoula, Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Kalispell, Lewistown and Havre.

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Keynote Speaker

An information packed half-day seminar with local advocate and water rights attorney.

BBER’s long-running economic outlook seminar series returns to in-person events across the state. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and take advantage of the insightful economic forecasts that have benefited the Montanans for 47 consecutive years.

Abigail St. Lawrence

Abigail St. Lawrence is an attorney practicing in water rights, natural resource, environmental and administrative law. A native of Great Falls, she holds a Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark College. She is a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education courses, presenting on topics of easements, land use and water law. She has significant experience in government relations work, representing both business organizations and nonprofit interests.

The 2022 EOS schedule included three local panelists in a roundtable discussion about affordable housing. The half-day event also included economic outlooks for Montana’s major sectors.


EOS 2022 was held in nine cities across the state of Montana.

January 25, 2022

Great Falls

Hilton Garden Inn
2520 14th St. SW
Great Falls, MT 59404

January 26, 2022


Delta Hotels Helena Colonial
2301 Colonial Dr.
Helena, MT 59601

January 28, 2022


Hilton Garden Inn
3720 N. Reserve St.
Missoula, MT 59808

February 1, 2022


Big Horn Resort
1801 Majestic Ln.
Billings, MT 59102

February 2, 2022


The Commons
1794 E. Baxter Ln.
Bozeman, MT 59718

February 3, 2022

Butte (*New venue)

Copper King Convention Center
4655 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

February 8, 2022


Hilton Garden Inn
1840 Highway 93 South
Kalispell, MT 59901

March 15, 2022


Central Montana Head Start
25 Meadowlark Ln.
Lewistown, MT 59457

March 16, 2022


MSU Northern Hensler Auditorium
300 13th St. W.
Havre, MT 59501

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The Speakers

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

Patrick Barkey

Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Christina Henderson

Director of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance

Todd Morgan

Director of the Forest Industry Research Program

Kate Fuller

Agricultural policy specialist at Montana State University

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