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The 2023 Economic Outlook Seminar is Coming This Winter to 9 Montana Cities!

Economic Outlook Seminar 2023

The 2023 Economic Outlook Seminar will highlight the latest economic trends for local economies and the state of Montana, with special focus on the new wave of in-migration and what it means for the state.

The Future Of Montana: What The New Wave Of In-Migration Means For The State

What does the future hold for the Montana economy? That perennial question takes on a special significance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that sent plenty of folks from congested urban areas around the country to live in places like Montana and other Mountain West states.

For those on the move, the promise of keeping their jobs in the big city while enjoying the lifestyle and space of the West has had a powerful appeal. And their arrival is sure to be felt in everything from housing markets to the political landscape. Join us as we focus on how these powerful new trends will reshape economic growth.

Why Attend EOS 2023?

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.

Where Can I Attend?

EOS 2023 will travel to seven 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, and Kalispell.

Keynote Speaker

An information packed half-day seminar with Dr. Bryce Ward, an urban and regional economist

BBER’s long-running economic outlook seminar series will run from January through February 2023 in seven Montana cities. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and take advantage of the insightful economic forecasts that have benefited the Montanans for 48 consecutive years.

Bryce Ward

Bryce Ward is the founder of ABMJ Consulting, a firm that provides economic analysis, testimony, strategic advice, conflict resolution, and project management to clients nationwide. He has a PhD in economics from Harvard University and BAs in economics and history from the University of Oregon. He has expertise in urban and regional economics, labor economics, health economics, public finance, social economics, real estate economics, environmental and natural resource economics, and statistics/econometrics. He taught classes at Harvard University, Lewis and Clark College, the University of Oregon, and Portland State University. He has published dozens of scholarly articles and economic reports, and he has provided expert testimony in dozens of court cases and legislative proceedings. His research has been featured in places like the New York Times, the Associated Press, PBS NewsHour, NPR, and ProPublica.


EOS 2023 will be held in nine cities across the state of Montana.

January 24, 2023

Great Falls

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

January 25, 2023


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

January 27, 2023


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

January 31, 2023


Northern Hotel
19 North Broadway
Billings, MT 59101

February 1, 2023


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

February 2, 2023


NorthWestern General Office
11 East Park Street
Butte, MT 59701

February 7, 2023


Hilton Garden Inn
1840 Highway 93 South
Kalispell, MT 59901

March 14, 2023

Sidney – Breakfast Program

7 am to 9 am
MSU Richland County Extension
1499 North Central
Sidney, MT 59270

March 14, 2023

Miles City – Lunch Program

Noon to 2 pm
Sleep Inn & Suites
1006 S. Haynes Ave.
Miles City, MT 59301

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

Bryce Ward

Economist and Founder of ABMJ Consulting

Kate Fuller

Agricultural policy specialist at Montana State University

Christina Henderson

Director of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance

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