May 2016

Impact of Global Markets & Demographics on Real Estate

Date: Thursday, May 26, 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


  • Rajeev Dhawan,  Director, Economic Forecasting Center,  Georgia State University
  • Manuel Balmaseda,  Chief Economist ,  CEMEX
  • Leslie Appleton-Young,  Vice President & Chief Economist,  California Association of REALTORS (C.A.R.)
  • Michael D. Alexander,  Center for Livable Communities Director,  Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)

Conference Program

8:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee
8:30 a.m. Words of Welcome Todd J. Maurer
Associate Dean for Sponsored Research and Professor
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Georgia State University
8:40 a.m. Déjà vu, Again
Join Mr. Balmaseda of CEMEX, a global building materials company, as he discusses global trends and what factors are influencing the world economy. He will highlight recent trends in Europe and how they are expected to affect the global marketplace as well as how emerging markets are reacting to China’s slowdown.
Manuel Balmaseda
Chief Economist
9:05 a.m California’s Housing Market: A Precursor of Things to Come?
Ms. Appleton-Young will provide an overview of the housing market recovery in the Golden State and what factors have made the current cycle unique: foreign buyers, tight underwriting, depressed developers and recalcitrant baby boomers. She will highlight the impact housing affordability issues are having in driving demographic growth away from job centers, inland and out of state. As homeownership in California becomes increasingly difficult to achieve, how will the state’s economy continue to grow?
Leslie Appleton-Young
Vice President & Chief Economist
California Association of REALTORS (C.A.R.)
9:30 a.m. The Diversity Explosion in Metro Atlanta’s Schools
Metro Atlanta is becoming a much more diverse place, and nowhere is this happening more rapidly than in our school systems. School-aged children are dramatically more diverse than other age cohorts in metro Atlanta. Where in metro Atlanta is this change happening? What are the implications for the future of the metro Atlanta Economy, especially as it related to academic achievement and workforce readiness?
Michael D. Alexander
Center for Livable Communities
Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
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