2018 Economic Forecast Forum

January 3, 2018

efflogoThe First Outlook for North Carolina Business in 2018

The North Carolina Chamber and the North Carolina Bankers Association proudly present the 16th Annual Economic Forecast Forum. 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 preliminary session is held each year focusing on a different segment of economic development.

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What: 16th Annual Economic Forecast Forum
When: Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018
Where: Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center | 4700 Emperor Blvd, Durham, NC 27703 | Empire Ballroom

Sponsorships & Registration

Ticket Pricing: Early-Bird $100 | Regular $115

Registration for the 2018 Economic Forecast Forum is closed.  To inquire about late or onsite registration, please contact Grace Sampson at grace@ncbankers.org

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9:00 a.m.
Registration (Throughout morning)

10:00 a.m.
Preliminary Session: Luring the Big Fish to North Carolina:  Why We Win Some and Lose Some

North Carolina has seen astronomical growth in the past few years and is consistently ranked one of the best states for business. What makes the Tar Heel state so attractive to new investors and job creators (large and small), and where do we fall short? In our preliminary session, you’ll hear straight from the experts about North Carolina’s ability to lure the big fish and why they sometimes slip the hook. 

  • Christopher Chung, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
  • Andy White, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Trilliant
  • Susan Springfield, EVP and Chief Credit Officer, First Tennessee Bank and Capital Bank
  • Tim Boyum, Anchor, Capital Tonight, Spectrum News (Moderator)

11:00 a.m.
Preliminary Session Adjourns

11:30 a.m.
Economic Forecast Forum


  • Mr. Mark Holmes, Chairman, NC Bankers Association & President & CEO, Cornerstone Bank
  • David Fountain, Chairman, NC Chamber & North Carolina President, Duke Energy

Opening Keynote

  • Bryan Jordan, Chairman, President & CEO, First Horizon National Corporation

Economic Forecast Panel Discussion

  • Harry M. Davis, Economist, North Carolina Bankers Association and Professor of Finance, Appalachian State University
  • Michael Walden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Mark Vitner, Managing Director and Senior Economist, Wells Fargo
  • John Connaughton, Barings Professor of Financial Economics, UNC-Charlotte
  • Tim Boyum, Anchor, Capital Tonight, Spectrum News (Moderator)

2:00 p.m.



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