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Larry Swanson

Big Sky Economic Development: Human capital is greatest asset for most businesses

Big Sky Economic Development: Human capital is greatest asset for most businesses

Economist Larry Swanson projects that Billings is headed toward a 2 percent unemployment rate in the next year.  What does this mean for your business? If you’re like most businesses, you’re beginning to wonder how you will find employees in such a competitive environment. Now more than ever…

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Missoula will see stable, subtle growth

Missoula will see stable, subtle growth

MISSOULA – Missoulians can expect more of the same when it comes to the 2014 economy, subtle growth.

December 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Community livability will be key to future job growth, economist says

Community livability will be key to future job growth, economist says

A declining birth rate will dampen future population growth to the point that net migration — people moving from place to place — will help determine which communities prosper and which ones stagnate, an economist says.

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Larry Swanson speaks

Larry Swanson speaks

University of Montana economist Larry Swanson speaks during the Billings Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau annual meeting. Swanson directs the O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West.

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Special Report: Boomer-oriented housing is taking off in Billings

Special Report: Boomer-oriented housing is taking off in Billings

A four-story apartment complex under construction in the Montana

November 01, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Good medicine for people, local economy

Hospitals are the third largest contributor to labor earnings in Yellowstone County. Only the professional/technical and wholesale trade subsectors contribute more.

October 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Chamber of Commerce developing strategic plan with the future in mind

Just because you’re in tall cotton doesn’t mean you can’t do better.

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University of Montana economist predicts slower growth, fewer workers

University of Montana economist predicts slower growth, fewer workers

After a sluggish national recovery, Montana’s economy will be back on top again in a few years.

September 18, 2013 3:07 pm Photos

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Swanson to speak at Chamber meeting

Swanson to speak at Chamber meeting

Larry Swanson will be the keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the Billings Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. Swanson is the director of the O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West a…

September 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Larry Swanson

Larry Swanson

Larry Swanson

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Gazette opinion: Let's move ahead quickly with 2-year college mission

The expanded welding program at Montana State University Billings College of Technology received Board of Regents approval last week to continue its successful operations. That approval was required because welding was ramped up on a fast track two years ago to meet industry need for skilled…

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With Montana growing grayer, economy likely to see changes

MISSOULA — There, among all the census data coming out earlier this month — like the projection that Montana would hit 1 million residents for the first time ever sometime this year — was the information that the state's population is also aging.

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Missoula economy stands on many legs

Missoula economy stands on many legs

MISSOULA – This is a story about what is in store for the Missoula economy in 2011. But before local experts talk about the city’s future, they first reflect on the many significant events that defined 2010.

December 19, 2010 12:05 am Related Loading…

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