February 2014

2014: Expectations and Aspirations

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Time: 8 – 11:50 a.m.

Location:  Directions>> Speakers Auditorium, GSU Student University Center.

Price: $200


  • Rajeev Dhawan,  Director,  Economic Forecasting Center,  Georgia State University
  • Kenneth D. Simonson, Chief Economist,  The Associated General Contractors of America
  • Joshua Goldfarb ,  Founder and Managing Partner,  Multi Housing Advisors
  • John Hunt,  Senior Analyst,  Smart Numbers

Conference Program

8 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Words of Welcome Irene Duhaime
Senior Associate Dean
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
8:35 a.m Will ’14 Be Fortunate for Construction?
Construction entered 2013 heading in three different directions: residential contractors were building like crazy, public work was still scarce, and private nonresidential was mixed. There was plenty of variation by location, too, as Georgia and some of its neighbors finally showed signs of life but other areas remained in the doldrums. Materials prices have generally been tame for the past two years but now there are rumblings of wider price increases. And reports of labor shortages have been spreading, despite a still-elevated unemployment rate for the industry. How will these trends play out in 2014, nationally, in Georgia and in surrounding states?

Kenneth D. Simonson
Chief Economist
The Associated General Contractors of America
9:00 a.m. The Investment Makeup of Atlanta’s Multifamily Market
Throughout 2013, we’ve seen an increase in demand for multifamily communities. Josh’s discussion will focus on the profile of the investor: local vs. international, private vs. public, one-man-shop vs. institutional, etc. Additionally, he’ll explore the type of investment that draws various buyers to Atlanta.

Joshua Goldfarb
Founder and Managing Partner
Multi Housing Advisors
9:25 a.m. Is Atlanta’s Housing Market Heading Back To “Normal”?
After a six year downturn, a turnaround in 2012 and a fast paced 2013, all trends are moderating. What does this mean for Atlanta’s important new construction industry as we head into 2014?

John Hunt
Senior Analyst
Smart Numbers
9:50 a.m. Q & A
10:05 a.m. Refreshments Break
10:30 a.m. Forecast of the Nation, State and Region Rajeev Dhawan
Director and Professor
Economic Forecasting Center
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
11:40 a.m. Q & A Conclusion
11:50 a.m. Light Lunch & Networking