Economic Update Series

The Montana Chamber Foundation hosts this annual series to provide brief mid-year updates and economic projections for local, state, and national economies. The series takes place in multiple cities each year. The program lasts approximately one-and-a-half hours.

This series complements the University of Montana Bureau of Business & Economic Research’s annual Economic Outlook Seminars in the winter each year. For info on that series, go to



During the 13th Annual Economic Update Series, we traveled to Kalispell, Glasgow, Sidney, Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Helena, Great Falls, and Missoula, providing updates on economic projections at a local, state, and national level.  Additionally, we released the 2018 State of Entrepreneurship Report.  In keeping with one of the core objectives of the Montana Chamber’s ten-year strategic plan, Envision 2026, we focused the series on entrepreneurship.  Each location was well represented by local entrepreneurs with fruitful discussions sparked on how to Make Montana Home!

Click to download presentations:

Patrick Barkey – U.S. & Montana Economic Outlook

Bryce Ward – State of Entrepreneurship

2018 State of Entrepreneurship Report

Meet the Entrepreneurs

Thank you to our 2018 Series Sponsors: Associated Employers, Better Business Bureau, Charter Communications, Gianforte Family Foundation, Glacier Bancorp, Montana State Fund, Northern Broadcasting System, NorthWestern Energy, Town Pump Hotel Group, Opportunity Bank, and Stockman Bank.

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Read about Past economic update series


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