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Economic Outlook Events to Be Held in Kalispell
Upcoming events will focus on economic development, workforce predictions this year
What’s in store for 2014?

That’s the subject of a few upcoming economic outlook events in Kalispell.

The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Luncheon next week will take a look at the major business projects, economic developments, events and civic initiatives slated for 2014 and look at the Chamber’s plan to help drive growth and jobs in the coming year. The luncheon will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at noon at the Red Lion Hotel.

For more information, visit the Chamber's website.

Later this month, on Jan. 29, Montana West Economic Development is hosting the 12th annual Flathead Valley Economic Forecast breakfast.

The event is from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Flathead Valley Community College. Speakers will include Brad Eldredge, who will discuss changing in the local workforce and economy, areas of growth and the outlook for the valley this year.

For more information and to register, visit MWED's website.

In February, the 39th Annual Montana Economic Outlook Seminar will arrive in Kalispell during its statewide tour.

Greg Gianforte, founder of RightNow Technologies, will give a firsthand account of his company’s success story at the event, titled “Making Montana the First Best Place: How Entrepreneurship is Creating High-Paying Jobs.”

This half-day seminar and luncheon will highlight economic trends for local, state and national economies. UM Bureau of Business and Economic Research economists Patrick Barkey and Paul Polzin will present economic forecasts for each seminar city, and industry experts will provide the outlook for Montana’s important sectors: energy, nonresident travel, health care, agriculture, real estate, manufacturing and forest products.

The seminar in Kalispell is Feb. 14 at the Hilton Garden Inn. It runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration costs $80, which includes a booklet, lunch and a one-year subscription to Montana Business Quarterly, BBER’s award-winning business journal. Continuing education credits are available, and groups of five or more qualify for discounted registration.

For more information, visit BBER's website.
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