Headwaters Economics

Headwaters Economics provides original and effective research to people and organizations that make a difference in the West. We work with community leaders, landowners, public land managers, elected officials, business owners, and other nonprofit organizations. Our goal is to give these partners credible information they can use to identify and solve problems.

Headwaters Economics has been a Brainerd Foundation grantee since 2009.

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Sunset view of the city of Bozeman, Montana, where Headwaters Economics is based. Photo courtesy of Ben Alexander.

Headwaters Economics Grant history

2017

$120,000 - A two-year grant for general support that underwrites a research and outreach program geared to benefit land management in the West. Place-based conservation

2016

$5,000 - For matching funds to train staff on Tableau, a software used to integrate visual and interactive panes on its Web site. Conservation capacity

2015

$120,000 - A two year grant for general support that underwrites a research program geared to benefit community and land management in the West. Conservation capacity

2015

$5,000 - To redesign the organization's Web site content, user engagement, and visual aesthetic. Conservation capacity

2013

$120,000 - A two-year grant to provide economic research to help Brainerd grantees in the High Divide and Central Oregon achieve their conservation goals. Conservation capacity

2011

$120,000 - A two-year grant to provide economic research to improve community development and land management decisions in key landscapes. Conservation capacity

2010

$30,000 - To provide economic research to improve community development and land management decisions in the foundation's focus areas. Place-based conservation

2009

$40,000 - To provide economic research to improve community development and land management decisions in the foundation's focus areas. Place-based conservation

Headwaters Economics Successes

High Divide stakeholders recognized for groundbreaking work

High Divide stakeholders recognized for groundbreaking work

A recent article in Western Confluence magazine shines the spotlight on several Brainerd grantees, including the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Ruby Valley Conservation District, Headwaters Economics, the Blackfoot Challenge, and People and Carnivores. The author offers an excellent analysis of the absolute necessity of factoring in working lands in wildlife conservation and demonstrates the solutions-based work of ranchers in the High Divide, one of the Brainerd Foundation's place-based focus areas.

Headwaters Economics Resources

West-Wide Economic Atlas

Headwaters Economics has created this West-wide interactive atlas (and accompanying regional summary) that shows how the West's economy is outperforming the rest of the United States while also providing details on socioeconomic performance and land use trends at the county and state level. These resources are designed to help local officials, decision-makers, community groups, and the media better understand and compare their economies using a handy "quick glimpse" of important indicators.

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DataViz

DataViz provides a fresh look at Headwaters Economic's research, via interactive maps and charts, infographics, and dynamic tools. Headwaters is an independent, nonpartisan research group focused on improving community development and land management decisions in the West.

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