University of Montana economists tout Billings economy during stop

BILLINGS — Economists with the University of Montana touted Billings’ economic health during a Tuesday luncheon at the Northern Hotel.

Patrick Barkey, the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research director, said Billings has had good construction activity, a healthy real estate sector and financial institutions that are doing well.

“Billings is the most diverse and is the state’s biggest economy and has put up a pretty good year of growth,” Barkey said. “There’s a core here in Billings that again addresses that large regional geography clearly physical products that super important. Billings is a super important transportation hub, very important with housing distribution and so forth. It’s those kinds of industries that have been up and down.