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Eastern Panhandle Economic Outlook Conference scheduled for Nov. 3

By Staff | Oct 23, 2015

To say that West Virginia is at a crossroads is an understatement.

It’s been a rough year for the state, and policymakers and business leaders are more interested than ever in the economic outlook for West Virginia, as well as possible remedies for an ailing economy.

The Eastern Panhandle Economic Outlook Conference will be held at the Martinsburg Holiday Inn on Nov. 3 to provide stakeholders with the economic forecast for West Virginia’s easternmost counties, as well as the outlook for the state and nation. The annual event is hosted by the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), housed in the WVU College of Business and Economics.

The report incorporates Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia.

“This event will provide a focused look at West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, which has been one of West Virginia’s strongest economic regions in recent years,” said Dr. John Deskins, BBER director. “I will also provide a detailed look at the state economy and the forecast for the coming year.”

The event also presents an opportunity to discuss primary indicators of the state economy, such as employment, unemployment, population and real per capita personal income, and to discuss potential solutions. “There are a lot of questions out there about where West Virginia’s economy is heading, and people want hard data and rigorous and unbiased economic analysis. And that’s exactly what we will provide,” Deskins said.

Registration and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the U.S. Economic Outlook by Andy Bauer, senior regional economist, Baltimore Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Deskins will then present the Eastern Panhandle/West Virginia economic outlook, followed by a presentation by Stephen Christian, executive director, Berkeley County Development Authority.

The Eastern Panhandle Economic Outlook Conference is the fourth of five events scheduled by the BBER across West Virginia. The remaining regional economic outlook event will be held in Morgantown on November 16, with previous conferences held in Charleston, Wheeling and Beckley.

To register for the event, go to be.wvu.edu/bber. For further information on the WVU College of Business and Economics, follow us on Twitter at @wvucobe or visit be.wvu.edu.