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Southern Miss to Host Economic Outlook Symposium PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Contact Van Arnold, 601.266.5568   

All facets of the economy will come under close scrutiny during The Economic Outlook for 2010 symposium scheduled for Jan. 14 at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center.


Sponsored by the Southern Miss College of Business’ Bureau of Economic Research and The First National Bank of Hattiesburg, the symposium will include noted economic experts, including the director of the forecasting center at Georgia State University; a senior economist from the Institutions of Higher Learning in Jackson, Miss., and a senior vice president from the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta.


“It seems more than appropriate that as spring approaches we take a hard look for any emerging signs of an economic recovery,” said Dr. William Gunther, professor of economics and director, Bureau of Business and Economic Research at Southern Miss. “We will take a close look at the U.S. economy, the Mississippi economy and what is happening in South Mississippi.”


The conference fee is $45 and includes copies of all materials, refreshments and lunch. Reserved parking on campus will be provided to those who register.


The Economic Outlook for 2010 agenda:

  • -- 8:30-8:55 a.m. – Registration
  • -- 8:55-9 a.m. – Welcome by Gunther
  • -- 9-9:50 a.m. – The U.S. Economic Outlook: Dr. Rajeev Dhawan, professor and director of the Economic Forecasting Center, Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University
  • -- 9:50-10:30 a.m. – The Economic Outlook for Mississippi: Dr. Darrin M. Webb, senior economist, Center for Policy Research and Planning, Mississippi Institutions for Higher Learning
  • -- 10:30-10:45 a.m. – Coffee break
  • -- 10:45-11:50 a.m. – The Economic Outlook for South Mississippi: Gunther
  • -- 12-1:30 p.m. – Lunch, introduction of speaker by David Johnson, chairman of the board, The First National Bank. Speaker: Dr. David Altig, senior vice president and director of research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

To register for the conference go to For further information call 601-266-5049.


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