Current Conference

The Future Is Paved With Good Intentions

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Speaker’s Auditorium
Student Center East Building
Georgia State University
55 Gilmer Street SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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Price: $200


  • Rajeev Dhawan,  Director, Economic Forecasting Center,  Georgia State University
  • Michael Drury,  Chief Economist,  McVean Trading & Investments, LLC
  • Paul Thomas,  Principal and Co-founder,  Economic Stories LLC
  • David Palinski,  Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer ,  Georgia Aquarium

Conference Program

8:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee
8:30 a.m. Words of Welcome Richard Phillips
Robinson College of Business
8:40 a.m Who is the Locomotive of the Global Economy?
It will focus on the roles of the US , China, Europe, Japan and the UK in the shifting global economy. The possible effects of upcoming elections in the US & Europe and Party promotions in China. The growing role of foreign exchange vs. physical trade in directing and balancing global growth. Culminating in a forecast for continued global growth through 2017 -- with risks in 2018.
Michael Drury
Chief Economist
McVean Trading & Investments, LLC
9:05 a.m. Productivity Gaps, Policy Lapses, and Economic Misinformation
In the age of Big Data, consultants and participants declare that we will soon enjoy keen insights and nearly instantaneous feedback that will let us advance toward more productive corporate decision-making and better government policies, and hence large gains in economic productivity. Mr. Thomas will reveal a fundamental concern that real people are already using these technologies, which might explain some of our current low economic growth. He will explain why we need to understand how people use the current technology and what they will probably do with the new technology, so that we can either improve the likely results or anticipate more realistic outcomes.
Paul Thomas
Principal & Co-founder
Economic Stories LLC
9:30 a.m. What the Georgia Aquarium means to ……
Georgia Aquarium is much bigger than just an entertainment venue. This will discuss the Aquarium's impact on Research, Conservation, Education and the overall economic impact on the city of Atlanta and the State of Georgia.
David Palinski
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Georgia Aquarium
9:55 a.m. Q & A
10:10 a.m. Refreshments Break
10:40 a.m. Reconvene
10:50 a.m. Forecast of the Nation, State and Region Rajeev Dhawan delivers his keynote presentation on the economic outlook of the United States, Georgia and the Atlanta Metro Region. Join us as he shares his views on the state of the global economy as well as employment and consumption trends and their impact on industry in Georgia. He will discuss, in particular, the implications for residential and commercial real estate in the Atlanta Metro Region. Rajeev Dhawan
Economic Forecasting Center
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
12:00 p.m. Q & A and Conclusion
12:15 p.m. Light Lunch & Networking