Tenth annual Outlook Luncheon held

by | January 30, 2008 12:00 am

On Jan. 15, over 100 participants, representing numerous counties in the region, gathered at East Georgia College to hear the state, and regional economic forecasts for 2008. In 1999, Emanuel County’s Joint Development Authorities requested that they be allowed to host the first Rural Georgia Economic Outlook Luncheon. Historically, the Outlook Luncheons were always held in the metropolitan areas. The first year’s event was such a success that it was decided to make it an annual event. Sponsors of this year’s event were the East Georgia College Foundation, and the Georgia Rural Economic Development Center (GREDC), East Georgia College (EGC).

The event began with a welcome and brief history of the event by Dr. Tim Goodman, Vice President for Academic Affairs, East Georgia College. Following lunch, Dr. Robert T. Sumachrast, Dean of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, presented the state and national economic forecast. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session.

Among those participating were Dr. Tim Goodman, vice president for Academic Affairs, East Georgia College; Dr. Jeffrey M. Humphreys, director, Selig Center for Economic Growth, Terry College of Business-UGA; Martee Horne, senior director of Development and Alumni Relations- UGA; Dean Dr. Robert T. Sumichrast, UGA Terry College of Business; Jack Bareford, director, Georgia Rural Economic Development Center, East Georgia College; Bill Rogers, Jr., chairman, East Georgia College Foundation and Executive Director of Swainsboro- Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce.

For a summary of the State and National forecasts, visit the Terry College of Business’s Selig Center for Economic Growth website http://www.selig.uga.ed u/forecast/GBEC/GBEC 0704Q.pdf

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