Morgantown MSA Economic Outlook Conference to feature national economist and panelists on critical regional issues at March 2 event

An internationally recognized economist and the state’s leading economic analyst will present their respective economic forecasts on March 2 at the Morgantown MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) Economic Outlook Conference at West Virginia University’s (WVU) Erickson Alumni Center. The half-day event will also feature speakers on issues critical to the region, including Marcellus Shale development, transportation infrastructure and health care. The conference will begin at 8:00 a.m.

David A. Wyss, chief economist at New York-based Standard & Poor’s, will join Dr. George Hammond in delivering economic forecasts for the nation and region. Wyss is widely quoted in the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press, and on CNBC, Bloomberg and CNN. He is responsible for S&P’s economic forecasts and analyses.

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WVU to offer hospitality and tourism leadership series

The hospitality and tourism industry in West Virginia is growing, and this spring West Virginia University is holding the first of a series of training programs to help managers in the industry upgrade skills.

The WVU Center for Executive Education, part of the College of Business and Economics, has announced a new professional development program for managers, supervisors, and lead performers in the hospitality and tourism industry.

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WVU class has $20,000 for non-profits

Eighteen students in the College of Business & Economics at West Virginia University are learning how to think like corporate philanthropists this semester. They are accepting applications for grants through Friday, March 11. The class will hand out $20,000 to local non-profit organizations at a  special event on April 26.

Called the Corporate Citizenship Project, the program is in its tenth year at the WVU College of Business and Economics. Students have given away over $200,000 since 2001. Funding for the program comes from the College of Business and Economics, WVU and alumni who recognize the importance of businesses contributing to the community.

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