August 2015 Conference

A Fresh Look at Regional Dynamics

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015
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
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  • Rajeev Dhawan,  Director, Economic Forecasting Center,  Georgia State University
  • Gregory Daco,  Head of US Macroeconomics ,   Oxford Economics
  • Robert A. Dye,  Senior Vice President and Chief Economist,   Comerica Bank
  • Michael J. Toma ,  Director, Center for Regional Analysis,   Armstrong State University

Conference Program

8:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Words of Welcome Richard Phillips
Robinson College of Business
8:40 a.m. Global Economic Outlook
World economic growth is expected to rise around 2.5% in 2015. This will be similar to 2014, but the fifth straight year of world growth coming in below its long-term trend.
Can the Eurozone build upon its momentum despite the Greek saga, and tensions with Russia? Will growth in the previously-strong BRIC economies rebound? Will China experience a hard-landing, or will policy-makers manage a smooth transition to a consumer driven economy. Will Brazil manage to bounce-back now that the commodities super-cycle has ended? Is India on track for strong growth?
Gregory Daco
Head of US Macroeconomics
Oxford Economics
9:05 a.m Oil, Autos and the Internet: The Economies of Texas, Michigan and California
I will discuss the regional economies of Texas, Michigan and California, all important states for Comerica Bank. These states highlight the changing regional and industrial dynamics of the U.S. economy. Lessons from these key states are generalizable to the rest of the oil patch, to the industrial Midwest and to high-tech hubs around to U.S.
Robert A. Dye
Senior Vice President and
Chief Economist

Comerica Bank
9:30 a.m. Savannah’s Economy:It May Be Hot & Sticky, but It’s Not a Mess
Savannah’s economy has been booming for nearly two years. The presentation will provide an overview the drivers behind growth in the Savannah metro economy. Various economic foundations underlying the current growth trend will be explored and a perspective on short run economic prospects will be presented.
Michael J. Toma
Director, Center for Regional Analysis
Armstrong State University
9:55 a.m. Q & A
10:10 a.m. Refreshments Break
10:45 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
Director and Professor
Economic Forecasting Center
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
12:00 p.m. Q & A Conclusion
12:15 p.m. Light Lunch & Networking