The University of Alabama

2011 Economic Outlook Conference, Organized by UA, Set for Jan. 13

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Most economists agree that the economic forecast for the nation for 2011 is weak, at best.

The underlying reasons for that forecast and how Alabama will fare next year will be discussed at the 2011 Economic Outlook Conference Jan.13 at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel. The information may provide some insight on how best to deal with the economic climate.

The annual conference is organized by The University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research, and it is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Alabama Power, Alabama SBDC Network, BBVA Compass, BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, Boeing Co., Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Sterne Agee and Vulcan Materials.

The registration fee of $125 is due by Jan. 5, 2011 and includes a buffet breakfast and a copy of the “Alabama Economic Outlook 2011.”

Conference check-in and breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m., followed by a welcome and introductions at 8:30 a.m. by Dr. Michael Hardin, senior associate dean of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration at The University of Alabama.

At 8:35 a.m., Nathaniel Karp, U.S. Chief Economist for BBVA Compass, will present the International and United States economic outlook. Following a short break, Dr. Samuel Addy, director of UA’s Center for Business and Economic Research, will give the Alabama outlook and revenue forecast, which will include a look at how the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has impacted the state and coastal economies.

For additional information or to register for the conference, visit http://cber.cba.ua.edu, e-mail uacber@cba.ua.edu, or phone 205/348-6191.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.