Economic Outlook Seminar 2021

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

The Path Forward: How COVID-19 Has Reshaped the Economy

2020 was poised to be a good year for Montana’s economy. But then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit American shores. By early spring, the U.S. had declared a state of emergency and states began taking action – limiting economic activity, closing schools and issuing stay-at-home orders. Travel was restricted or outright banned, and airlines and interstate travel took sharp hits. By April, states were hit with record unemployment as real economic change took hold.

Join us for the 2021 Economic Outlook Seminar as we examine how COVID-19 has affected the economy and how we can move forward.

This year’s seminar will take place over two days via our new online platform, with the ability to network and connect with other attendees, presenters and sponsors.

Why Attend EOS 2021?

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?

For the first time, EOS 2021 will be hosted online. Our program will offer attendees the ability to attend the sessions of their choice, as well as connect in a variety of innovative ways via our interactive online platform. There will be options for live text messaging and/or video chats with other attendees, presenters and sponsors.

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About the Bureau of Business and Economic Research

The Bureau of Business and Economic Research has been providing information about Montana’s state and local economies for 70 years. Located at the University of Montana, the bureau is the research and public service branch of the College of Business.

On an ongoing basis, the bureau analyzes local, state and national economies; provides annual income, employment and population forecasts; conducts research on manufacturing, forest products, 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.