May 2015

Blueprint for Future Growth

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Location:Speaker’s Auditorium
Student Center Building
Georgia State University
44 Courtland Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

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  • Rajeev Dhawan, Director, Economic Forecasting Center, Georgia State University
  • Michael D. Alexander, Research and Analytics Division Manager, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
  • Douglas G. Duncan, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, Fannie Mae
  • Kevin L. Kliesen, Business Economist & Research Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Conference Program

8:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Words of Welcome Todd J. Maurer
Associate Dean
for Sponsored Research and Professor

J Mack Robinson College of Business
8:35 a.m. The Changing Face of Metro Atlanta
Atlanta, like the US, is experiencing two demographic tidal waves of change: the graying of the boomer generation and the new diversity of our younger generations. How have these waves already impacted Metro Atlanta Communities and what are the implications for the future?
Michael D. Alexander
Research and Analytics Division Manager
Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
9:00 a.m Economy Drags Housing Upward
“Please Join Doug Duncan, SVP & Chief Economist as he introduces the key theme for 2015 – ‘Economy Drags Housing Upward’. He will discuss the reasoning behind the theme and how it ties with the trends of the past few years.”
Douglas G. Duncan
Senior Vice President & Chief Economist
Fannie Mae
9:25 a.m. An Examination of Previous Fed “Tightening” Episodes
Commentary from senior Federal Reserve officials suggests that there is a high likelihood that the Fed will begin its normalization process sometime in 2015. However, that decision will ultimately depend on the data and the economic forecasts. Is each “tightening” cycle different in terms of its effect on the economy and the market, or are the effects broadly similar?
Kevin L. Kliesen
Business Economist & Research Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
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 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
11:40 a.m. Q & A Conclusion
11:50 a.m. Light Lunch & Networking