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Economic Outlook Forum

The Economic Outlook Forum is an annual event where experts in areas of banking, finance, and academia discuss economic trends and forecasts for the upcoming year. The event is hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi, College of Business and Economic Development.

This year, the event will be held in-person on Thursday, March 3, 2022 in the Grand Ballroom at the Thad Cochran Center on the USM Hattiesburg campus.

If you have any questions, please call 601.266.4659. 

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Opening Presentation

Chad Miller

Chad Miller
Professor of Economic Development 

Dr. Miller is a professor of economic development and the graduate coordinator of the Master of Science in Economic Development program. He works closely with the Trent Lott National Center conducting student-directed community research projects and has conducted more than $3 million of sponsored research. He teaches economic development organization management, research data analytics, real estate development and land use planning, and coordinates the International Economic Development (IEDC) accredited True South Basic Economic Development course.

He has extensive private and public sector experience, including managing shipping and global distribution for American companies based in China and Vietnam. He was also an Army officer stationed in the Pacific Rim. He first became involved with economic development as a trade specialist in Maryland. Prior to joining USM, he worked for the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development. Chad has a PhD from the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy, an MBA from Boston University, and a BA in government from the College of William and Mary. 

Featured Presentation

Adrienne SlackAdrienne Slack
Vice President and Regional Executive Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch 

Slack is vice president and regional executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (“Atlanta Fed”), New Orleans Branch. As part of her role, Adrienne is responsible for the New Orleans Branch Board of Directors, regional Energy Advisory Council, and for providing insight and counsel to the Atlanta Fed’s monetary policy process. She also contributes to the Atlanta Fed’s strategic planning process and advises on regional community and economic development matters, including economic mobility and resilience.

She joined the Federal Reserve System in 1990 with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ economic research department. During her tenure, she served in several national leadership roles, including an assignment at the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. Prior to assuming her current role in 2012, Adrienne was the New Orleans Branch assistant vice president and branch operations officer with responsibility for currency services, law enforcement, and facility and support services. 

2021 Speakers

Paul Benda
Senior Vice President for Risk and Cybersecurity Policy, American Bankers Association
Paul joined the ABA in 2018, where he leads the association’s initiatives in cybersecurity, physical security, and information security practices and chairs the ABA Fraud Coordination Group. In addition, he acts as a media spokesman for the ABA and the banking industry on these issues. He currently helps coordinate ABA’s response to the coronavirus pandemic focusing on operational issues and return to normal operations strategies. His past experiences include leadership positions in the Department of Homeland Security and in the Department of Defense. A copy of Paul's slides from the 2021 Economic Outlook Forum can be found here

Peter Ricchiuti
Senior Professor of Practice, Tulane University
Peter created and runs the nationally acclaimed Burkenroad Reports student stock research program at Tulane University. Peter is a graduate of Babson College and began his career with the investment firm of Kidder Peabody in Boston. He later managed Louisiana’s $3 billion investment portfolio while serving as the assistant state treasurer. Peter has addressed more than 1,100 groups in 47 states and several countries. He has been featured in BARRON’S, Kiplinger’s, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He also hosts a popular weekly business show on National Public Radio in New Orleans called “Out To Lunch.” A copy of Peter's slides from the 2021 Economic Outlook Forum can be found here

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