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Bureau of Business and Economic Research to Host Economic Outlook Conference July 16 in Biloxi PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Contact Jana Bryant - 601.266.4497   

Dr. Thomas J. Cunningham of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta will headline the slate of financial experts who will offer insights on the economy July 16 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s mid-year economic outlook conference in Biloxi.

Hosted by the College of Business’ Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), the half-day conference is sponsored by The Peoples Bank of Biloxi and will be held at its downtown headquarters at 727 Howard Street.

Dr. William Gunther, professor of economics and director of the BBER, said conference speakers will offer forecasts for the country and state.

“The economy is not particularly strong right now, and the latest employment numbers are a sign the nation’s troubles persist in Mississippi,” said Gunther. “We will offer some insights into the major factors impacting the economy and where it is likely to be by the end of this year.”

Scheduled presentations and speakers include:
• “The Role of the Federal Reserve in the Economic Recovery,” Cunningham, vice president and associate director of research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
• “The U.S. and Mississippi Economic Outlook, ” Gunther
• “Rebuilding and Recovery: The Outlook for South Mississippi,” Dr. Ed Ranck, associate director, BBER
• “Report on Recent Survey of the Gulf Coast Gaming Industry,” Ranck
• “Status on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Housing Market,” Gerald Blessey, Gulf Coast Housing director, Mississippi Development Authority

The lunch presentation will focus on the gaming industry.  Dr. R. Keith Schwer, associate dean and director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas will present “The Gaming Industry: Challenges and Opportunities.”

The conference is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 1:30 p.m. A $45 conference registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and a copy of The Economic Outlook for Mississippi: a Mid-Year Assessment. For more information or to register, call 601.266.5049 or e-mail Bill Gunther at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .

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