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Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: Auditorium @ Centennial Hall
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Georgia State University
100 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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  • Rajeev Dhawan,  Director, Economic Forecasting Center,  Georgia State University
  • William A. Strauss,  Senior Economist and Economic Advisor,  Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Donald J. Rissmiller,  Partner, Vice Chairman & Chief Research Officer,  Strategas Research Partners
  • Anne H. Kaiser,   Vice President, Community and Economic Development, Georgia Power

Conference Program

8:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee
8:30 a.m. Words of Welcome Richard D. Phillips.
J.Mack Robinson College of Business.
8:40 a.m. Is the Auto Industry Downshifting?
Light vehicles set a record in 2016, however as we entered 2017 sales began to soften. Mr. Strauss will discuss the outlook for automotive sector. Special attention will be paid to market segments, prices, inventories, and production.
William A. Strauss is a senior economist and economic advisor in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which he joined in 1982. His chief responsibilities include analyzing the current performance of both the Midwest economy and the manufacturing sector for use in monetary policy. He organizes the Bank’s Economic Outlook Symposium and Automotive Outlook Symposium. In addition, he conducts industrial and manufacturing roundtables throughout the year.
Willian A. Strauss.
Senior Economist and Economic Advisor.
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
9:05 a.m Speaker.
Strategas undertakes securities business in the name of its wholly-owned broker-dealer subsidiary, Strategas Securities, LLC. Within its Financial Products business, the Firm develops managed strategies for family offices and ultra & high net worth advisors through Strategas Asset Management, LLC, a registered investment advisor, and manages two special opportunity limited partnerships through Strategas Capital Partners, LLC, an alternative growth equity manager.
Donald J. Rissmiller.
Partner and Vice Chairman.
9:30 a.m Speaker.
Anne Hydrick Kaiser serves as vice president of Community and Economic Development for Georgia Power, leading the company’s efforts to recruit new industry to Georgia and improve the marketability of communities throughout the state. The Department has been internationally recognized as one of the top economic development organizations in the world, bringing more than 121,000 new jobs and $24 billion in capital investment in the past decade.
Anne Hydrick Kaiser.
Vice President, Community and Economic Development.
Georgia Power.
9:55 a.m. Q & A
10:10 a.m. Refreshments Break
10:30 a.m. Reconvene
10:40 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