14th Annual Economic Forecast Forum

January 6, 2016

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What: 14th Annual Economic Forecast Forum

When: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 | Preliminary Session  – 10:30 a.m. | Lunch & Forum – Noon

Where: Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center | 4700 Emperor Blvd, Durham, NC 27703 | Empire Ballroom

> Individual Seat: $85 (Early Bird Pricing*) | $100 (After Dec. 23)
> Reserved Table of 10: $1,250
*Early bird pricing ends on Wednesday, Dec. 23.

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The First Outlook for North Carolina Business in the New Year

The North Carolina Chamber and the North Carolina Bankers Association proudly present the 14th Annual Economic Forecast Forum. Sure to once again attract a sold-out crowd, this event brings together our state’s most powerful and influential leaders to discuss the economic forecast for the year ahead.

In addition to the Forum, a special session is held each year focusing on a different segment of economic development. This year’s session will give you an insider’s look at how North Carolina’s economy stacks up to the competition. Over the last three decades, as the economy has globalized and competition has intensified, North Carolina has positioned itself as a leading place to live, work and do business. Influential publications, including Forbes, CNBC and Chief Executive consistently rank North Carolina as a top state for business. These recognitions are a source of great pride, but they can also sow the dangerous seeds of complacency. As other places invest in assets and address deficiencies, we know that no matter how good we are today, someday soon that will not be good enough.

North Carolina is a rapidly growing state. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030, the state’s population is expected to grow by approximately 20 percent to 12 million, making it the seventh most populous state in the country. To meet the needs of the growing population, North Carolina must create 1 million new jobs by 2030, or 62,500 jobs per year. A panel of experts will discuss issues impacting our state’s economy, including a growing urban/rural divide and how some states are tackling that issue, what economic tools and levers other states are using to compete with North Carolina and what sectors of the economy are best positioned for growth.

For more information, please contact Grace Sampson with the NC Bankers Association meetings department or call 800-662-7044.

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Preliminary Session Sponsor:

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Gold Sponsors:

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Gold Sponsor for K&L Gates

Silver Sponsors:

Cherry Bekaert LLP
ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc.
Fifth Third Bank
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP

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9:30 am
Registration table opens (throughout morning)

10:30 am
Preliminary Session: How North Carolina Stacks Up to the Competition

> Dr. Harry M. Davis, economist, North Carolina Bankers Association and Professor of Finance, Appalachian State University (Moderator)
> Joe Crosby, principal, MultiState Associates
> Gregory Miller, chief economist, SunTrust
> Dr. Michael L. Walden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor at NC State

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11:30 am
Preliminary Segment to adjourn

Lunch & Remarks from North Carolina Bankers Association and North Carolina Chamber(Imperial Ballroom)

Bob Hatley, Chairman, NC Bankers Association & President & CEO, Paragon Bank
Dale Jenkins, incoming Chairman, NC Chamber & CEO, Medical Mutual Holdings
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1:00 pm > Brian Wesbury, chief economist, First Trust Advisors
1:20 pm > Thomas E. Skains, chairman, president & CEO, Piedmont Natural Gas
1:40 pm > Governor Pat McCrory
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