Higher education is a future-oriented business – educating and preparing the leaders of tomorrow. But what is the future for colleges and universities themselves? In an economy that increasingly rewards knowledge and expertise, the need to cultivate and grow a competitive, skilled and educated workforce is more vital than ever. Yet the way we do this and the way we pay for it has come under the microscope in recent years. This year’s Economic Outlook Seminar examines the question of how Montana’s higher education system returns value to all of us who live and work here.
The keynote – The Future of Higher Education in Montana – will be presented by Robert Nystuen, vice chair of the Montana University Board of Regents. He is president at Glacier Bank in Kalispell and a resident of Lakeside. In 2015, he was appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to the board of regents, which is responsible for the Montana University System. His selection for the board of regents reflects the strong connection between Montana’s higher education system and the business community, “a relationship that is increasingly vital in the modern economic landscape,” according to Nystuen.
This half-day seminar and luncheon will highlight the latest economic trends for local, state, and national economies. BBER economists Patrick Barkey and Paul Polzin will present economic forecasts for each seminar city and industry specialists will provide an outlook for Montana’s important sectors: nonresident travel, health care, real estate and housing, agriculture, manufacturing, forest products and energy.
||EOS 2018 Introduction and Overview
||The Benefits of Higher Education - Bryce Ward, Associate Director, BBER
||U.S. and Montana Outlooks – Patrick Barkey, Director, BBER
||Energy Outlook – Paul Polzin, Director Emeritus, BBER
||SPONSOR: MSU Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts Program
||Tourism Outlook – Norma Nickerson, Director, Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research
||Agriculture Outlook – George Haynes, Professor and Ag Specialist, MSU
||Health Care Outlook – Bryce Ward, Associate Director, BBER
||Real Estate and Construction Outlook – Brandon Bridge, Director of Forecasting, BBER
||SPONSOR: Avitus Group
||Forest Industry and Wood Products Outlook – Todd Morgan, Director, Forest Industry Research, BBER
|11:20 - 11:40
||Local Outlook for Bozeman – Patrick Barkey, Director, BBER
||Local Expert Report – Andrea Surratt, City Manager, City of Bozeman
||The Future of Higher Education – Bob Nystuen, Montana University Regent and Market President of Glacier Bank (Introduction by Bob Rowe, CEO, NorthWestern Energy)