November 2018 Conference

Economy Marches Forward

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Auditorium @ Centennial Hall, Georgia State University
100 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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  • Rajeev Dhawan,
    • Professor & Director, Economic Forecasting Center
    • J. Mack Robinson College of Business
  • Nariman Behravesh,
    • Chief Economist, IHS Markit
  • Kevin Swift,
    • Chief Economist & Managing Director, American Chemistry Council
  • John Toohig,
    • Managing Director, Fixed Income, Raymond James

Conference Program

8:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee
8:30 a.m. Words of Welcome Todd J. Maurer
Associate Dean
J.Mack Robinson College of Business
8:40 a.m. “The Global Economic Outlook Ten Years After the Financial Crisis”
Ten years ago, a garden variety recession that had begun in December 2007 morphed into the worst global financial crisis and economic downturn since the 1930s Great Depression. During the past decade, the economic and political fallout from this unfortunate meltdown has been painful—and will likely continue to be felt for many years to come. While the outlook for the US economy has become brighter recently, in other parts of the world the challenges remain daunting.
Nariman Behravesh
Chief Economist
IHS Markit
9:05 a.m “The Manufacturing Renaissance: Where do we stand?”
A recent study examined labor content, logistics costs and productivity differences and uncovered a “tipping point” in cost-risk among seven key industries: computers, appliances, machinery, furniture, fabricated metals, plastic & rubber products and transportation goods. Thus, these industries have the greatest potential to “re-shore” to the USA. We examine the status (and likely future) of these industries in an age of trade tensions. We will also examine challenges and opportunities for US manufacturing.
Kevin Swift
Chief Economist & Managing Director
American Chemistry Council
9:30 a.m “Dynamics of Loan Markets in Community Banks”
Community depositories are rapidly losing market share to nonbanks and fin-tech lenders. Mr. Toohig will discuss how this new dynamic is changing the lending landscape and where community banks can still gain a strategic foothold to compete against these lesser regulated lenders.
John Toohig
Managing Director
Fixed Income, Raymond James
9:55 a.m. Q & A
10:10 a.m. Refreshments Break
10:30 a.m. Reconvene
10:40 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
Zwerner Chair of Economic Forecasting
& Director
Economic Forecasting Center
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
12:00 p.m. Q & A and Conclusion
12:30 p.m. Light Lunch & Networking