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National research association picks West Virginia for annual conference

WVU to host university researchers organization in Charleston for October event


The Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER) has selected Charleston, West Virginia, for its 64th annual conference. The conference will attract business and economic research center directors from across the U.S. to learn more about the current and future national economy, as well as economic development and policy issues facing many states and regions.

Among the conference speakers is Dr. John Silva, managing director and chief economist of Wells Fargo, who will discuss the current U.S. economic outlook. Dr. Silva has been named as one of Top 10 forecasters by Bloomberg News and USA Today.

“Our annual conference provides AUBER members and other attendees the opportunity to learn more about the economic development strategies, policy issues and data sources necessary to understanding a rapidly changing economic environment,” said Dr. Sean Snaith, AUBER president and director of the Institute for Economic Competitiveness at the University of Central Florida.

“We are pleased to have been chosen by AUBER to host this prestigious conference,” said Dr. Tom S. Witt, director, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, WVU College of Business and Economics. “The conference will allow us to showcase Charleston and the state as well as give us the opportunity to learn more about economic research and issues elsewhere.”

The conference will be held October 16-19 at the Charleston Embassy Suites Hotel. While in West Virginia, conference attendees will visit various examples of economic development initiatives in southern West Virginia.

Registration for the conference is now accessible from the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research website Information about AUBER is available at Opportunities for conference underwriting and vendor participation are also available by contacting