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Economic Outlook

North Central WV Economic Outlook Conference

November 8, 2017
West Virginia High Technology Foundation
Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in the Exhibition Hall
1000 Galliher Drive
Fairmont, West Virginia



8:00 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - Introductory Remarks
Javier Reyes, Ph.D., Dean, WVU College of Business & Economics

8:40 a.m. - United States Economic Outlook
Andy Bauer, Ph.D., Senior Regional Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore Branch

9:20 a.m. - West Virginia Economic Outlook 
John Deskins, Director, Bureau of Business & Economic Research, WVU 
Mark Muchow, Deputy Secretary, West Virginia Department of Revenue 

10:20 a.m. - Refreshment Break

10:30 p.m. - Strengthening Small Business in West Virginia 
Matt Harbaugh, Executive Director, WVU Innovation Corporation
Michael Green, Chairman, West Virginia Growth Investment Fund and Managing Director, Mountain State Capital

11:20 a.m. - Strengthening Infrastructure in North Central West Virginia 
Clay Riley, Loaned Executive, West Virginia Development Office
Dale Oxley, President, Home Builder’s Association of West Virginia

11:55 a.m. - Closing Remarks


For decision-makers, strategic planners and analysts who depend on having the best available information on economic trends in our state and nation.

Expert economist Andy Bauer and WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research Director John Deskins forecast the coming year’s economic trends. Panelists representing the state’s key business and industry sectors discuss implications of the forecast from their perspectives.

Attendees will receive the following:

  • West Virginia Economic Outlook, the annual forecast that tracks county and statewide indicators such as jobs by industry, labor force, population and personal income
  • North Central WV Economic Outlook
  • Presentation handouts from all speakers