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January 28-March 19, 2020



45th Annual Economic Outlook Seminar


Economic Outlook Seminar 2020

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

Finding Good Workers

For many Montana employers, the days of receiving stacks of applications is a distant memory – and it’s not necessarily due to a strong economy and low unemployment. In today’s knowledge based, social media connected and information rich economy, the rules of engagement between candidates and companies have changed. The economic success of local communities and the entire state depends on making the best match between workers and workplaces. Montana has some advantages in attracting talent, but there are plenty of things we could do better.

Join us for the 2020 Economic Outlook Seminar as we examine the challenge of finding good workers – for every kind of business and organization.

Why Attend EOS 2020?

BBER economists present national, state and local economic forecasts for each seminar city and industry experts will give their outlook for Montana’s important sectors, including tourism, health care, real estate and housing, agriculture, manufacturing, energy and forest products.

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Where Can I Attend?

EOS 2020 will travel to ten cities across the state and provide a live webcast for other regions. This year we will visit Helena, Great Falls, Missoula, Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Kalispell, Havre, Lewistown and Big Sky, Montana.

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Seminar Schedule

EOS 2020 schedule of cities, dates and venues.


January 28, 2020
Great Northern Hotel

Great Falls

January 29, 2020
Hilton Garden Inn


January 31, 2020
Hilton Garden Inn


February 4, 2020
Northern Hotel


February 5, 2020
The Commons / Live Webcast


February 6, 2020
NorthWestern Energy General Office


February 11, 2020
Hilton Garden Inn


March 17, 2020


March 18, 2020

Big Sky

March 19, 2020

Seminar Sponsors

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

Norma Nickerson

Director of the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research

Brandon Bridge

Economist at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Kate Fuller

Kate Fuller is a professor at Montana State University.

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Get the latest information on EOS 2020, plus articles from our speakers.

Finding Good Workers

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Attend almost any gathering of business people and the topic is sure to come up – finding good workers. After more than a decade of economic growth, labor markets across the country and certainly across Montana are tight.

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