Montana remained status quo for 2012 in terms of economic performance and economic outlook, in a report issued Wednesday by a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan association of state legislators.
The state retained its ranking from 2011 of No. 3 for economic performance and 36th for economic outlook, according to the fifth edition of "Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index."
MacKenzie River Pizza in the Heights (405 E. Main Street) reopened on April 1, after being closed for a month for extensive remodeling, which included a new kitchen. The new kitchen will accommodate a new menu, which takes MacKenzie River beyond pizza and sandwiches. The Heights store is a prototype new MacKenzie River that offers a full fledged family menu featuring burgers, fries and comfort-food entrees. The ever popular pizza and many other favorites of the past remain, but the new menu has something for everyone.
Montana was ranked by LendingTree as 12th as having the healthiest housing market in the US. Topping the list was North Dakota, followed by Wyoming.
After 21 years as a Rimrock Mall tenant, Won $800 Casino and Sports Pub is moving.
Remodeling of their new location at 24th Street and Broadwater, 603 24th Street, is underway with plans to move in, at the end of the month, according to Jill Lindell, who owns the business with her husband, Scott. "We hope to be moved, in time for the Kentucky Derby," said Lindell.
In a ranking of states in regard to the amount of proven oil reserves each has, Montana comes in at number 10. Montana was estimated to have 343 million barrels of reserve.
The on-line, 24/7 Wall St. did the analysis in weighing the impact that oil production has on a state's economy. The total of oil reserves in those ten states amounted to almost 15.5 billion barrels.
Could the arrival of new businesses in Billings over the next year mean the creation of a thousand new jobs? Officials at Big Sky Economic Development believe that is entirely possible.
The real estate market has shifted somewhat in Billings. Looking at the end of the quarter numbers, local Realtor, Howard Sumner, reports, "The market has gone from where buyers definitely had the upper hand in negotiations, to a balance in the market place, where neither buyer nor sellers have more power."
Several local business leaders comprised a panel discussion during the joint annual retreat of the sister organizations, Big Sky Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Big Sky Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
Together the panelists touched upon a broad range of topics designed to give board members, of the two groups, insight into the local economy and what’s needed in terms of economic development.
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