August 2016

Domestic Tailwinds Meet Global Headwinds

Date: Wednesday, August 24, 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

Press Release 


  • Rajeev Dhawan,  Director, Economic Forecasting Center,  Georgia State University
  • Robert DiCianni,  Manager, Marketing,  ArcelorMittal USA
  • Vikas Agarwal,  Professor,  J. Mack Robinson College of Business
  • William Pate,  President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO),  Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

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 Steel Market Outlook
The steel market has gone through some very difficult times recently. Much of it a result of international trade. We will look at how the steel market and the industrial economy are performing and the expectations for the next 6 quarters. We will examine the underlying factors that are driving demand or are restraining it. We will look at trade and its impact on this portion of the market and assess how it might change going forward.
Robert DiCianni
Manager, Marketing
ArcelorMittal USA
9:05 a.m. Hedge Funds: Past, Present and Future
Mr. Agarwal will discuss the role of hedge funds in financial markets. His talk will include the performance and unique types of risks of hedge funds, incentives of hedge fund managers, investors’ preferences, and impact of hedge funds on asset prices and corporations.
Vikas Agarwal
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
9:30 a.m. Visitation: The Gasoline that Runs Atlanta’s Economic Engine
In 2015, Atlanta welcomed 51 million visitors to the city, generating nearly $15 billion in economic impact and supporting 270,000 jobs in the leisure and hospitality industry. Over the past eight years, visitation and job creation have grown exponentially. New development in the convention and tourism corridor continues to grow at a record pace, with an additional $2.5 billion in new hospitality product coming online by the end of the decade. Two new stadiums, College Football Playoff National Championship, Super Bowl and NCAA Men’s Final Four will continue to boost Atlanta’s visitation, leading to increased economic impact, job creation and development.
William Pate
President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
9:55 a.m. Q & A
10:10 a.m. Refreshments Break
10:55 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