Volume 55, Number 1, Spring  2017

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Montana's Crowded Parks


Norma P. Nickerson

Record visitation is taking its toll on Yellowstone and Glacier national parks. While national park managers were prepared for a good year, many were trying to respond to an unprecedented increase in visitation that simply did not stop.

High Tech Boom


Christina Quick Henderson

High-tech and manufacturing companies are projected to grow seven times faster than the overall Montana economy and pay average annual salaries of $57,000 ? more than twice the median Montana wage. The sector shows no signs of slowing down in 2017.

The High Wage Jobs Puzzle


Bryce Ward

Median earnings for Montana workers over age 24 are $31,800 and places Montana 45th among all states. How can Montana increase wages and develop a robust knowledge economy of skilled workers?

2017 Economic Round Table


George Haynes, Terry Johnson, Bryce Ward, Norma P. Nickerson, Todd Morgan

The 2017 Economic Outlook Seminar covered a wide range of sectors and topics from job growth to energy and tourism. In this round table discussion, we highlight some of those topics and industries in an effort to better understand the state?s economic climate.