The Bureau has been a reliable source of analysis and expertise on a wide range of industries important to the Montana economy, including transportation, manufacturing, electric and other utilities, as well as specific industries such as micro-brewing, snowmobiling and recreation, and gaming. Health care, energy and natural resources, and forest products industry research have grown to become research programs in their own right.
The BBER has recently expanded its capabilities in conducting economic impact analysis, which can provide insights on how state and local economies will react to events, policies, and investments. These studies not only provide quantitative information on income, jobs, and production changes that can occur, but also help illustrate the interactions between sectors of the economy.
For 39 years the Bureau has conducted half-day programs in the late winter and early spring in cities across Montana to discuss the outlook for the global, national, state, and local economies. Those efforts have recently expanded to a series of breakfast and lunch programs during the summer to update the outlook, conducted in cooperation with the Montana Chamber of Commerce.