Knightdale Chamber of Commerce Gearing Up for “2017 Economic Forum & Forecast”

Knightdale Chamber of Commerce Logo, Knightdale NC.
Knightdale Chamber of Commerce Logo, Knightdale NC.

By Patrice Bayyan,

Across the nation and North Carolina there are key trends of technological unemployment, globalization, aging and the changing skill needs of the workforce. It opens up the question: What’s the impact? What does it mean for households, businesses, education and communities? And how will it inform growth for businesses with changes in the labor market?

The Knightdale Chamber of Commerce welcome you to be a part of the dialogue and hear from one of North Carolina’s most respected leaders and economist, Dr. Mike Walden, North Carolina State University (NCSU), on the 2017 economic outlook and trends that are critical to our state and local economic prosperity. More about Dr. Walden is included below.

Your Business Matters!  We recognize that your business plays a vital role in contributing to our local economy and we understand that our community and state’s future matters to you.

Register today for this “2017 Economic Forum & Forecast” breakfast event on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 7:30-9:30am.

This meeting is being held at the Knightdale Town Hall, located at 950 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale NC.

The agenda includes a panel of local leaders from education, government, and industry to address questions and leading initiatives critical to our state and local communities. Join us as leaders collaborate and explain why now more than ever it is imperative to understand the 2017 economic outlook and trends for businesses and our community-at-large.

  • Guest speaker and panelist will cover factors that impact all households and businesses, such as aggregate growth, trends in inflation and interest rates, and changes in the labor market.
  • Engage in dialogue on several long-run, uncontrollable trends impacting today’s economy, such as aging, technological unemployment, globalization, and the changing skill needs of the workforce.
  • Don’t miss the small business outlook and the positive and negative trends to anticipate in 2017.

See here for event details or to register. Registration is $25 for chamber members and $30 for the general public. There is an “Early Bird Discount” of $5 for all registrations completed before December 23, 2016. Breakfast is included with registration.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Mike Walden, NCSU Economist

Dr. Michael L. Walden is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University, and a member of the Graduate Economics faculty with The Poole College of Management. His Ph.D. degree is from Cornell University and he has been at NCSU since 1978.

Dr. Walden has teaching, research, and extension responsibilities at NCSU in the areas of consumer economics, economic outlook, and public policy. He has published eight books and over 250 articles and reports.   He has served on several local and state level commissions, including the Governor’s Welfare Reform Task Force, the School Capital Construction Legislative Study Commission, and the Blue Ribbon Committee for the Future of Wake County. With his wife, he is the co-author of three “economic thrillers”, Macro Mayhem, Micro Mischief, and Fiscal Fiasco, designed to teach economics in an entertaining way.

Dr. Walden can be frequently seen, heard, and read in the media. He has daily radio programs aired on stations around North Carolina for which he has won two national awards. He is often interviewed on local TV and radio news broadcasts, has appeared on NBC, CBSThe Fox Report, and the Newshour With Jim Lehrer, and is frequently quoted in such newspapers as USA Today, The News and Observer, The Charlotte Observer, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. His biweekly column, You Decide, is carried by over forty newspapers in the state.   He has made over 2500 personal presentations.

Dr. Walden directs the semiannual economic forecast, The North Carolina Economic Outlook. He has won numerous academic and public awards, including two Champion-Tuck Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting, the UNC Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service in 2010, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2013, and the Holladay Medal for Excellence from North Carolina State University in 2014.

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