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Economic Outlook

West Virginia Economic Outlook Conference

October 5, 2017
Embassy Suites in Charleston, West Virginia
West Virginia Economic Outlook 2018-2022


Registration has closed and will reopen for the 2018 conference.


7:30 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast

8 a.m. | Introductory Remarks
Javier Reyes, Ph.D., Milan Puskar Dean, WVU College of Business and Economics

8:10 a.m. | United States Economic Outlook 
Gus Faucher, Ph.D., Chief Economist, The PNC Financial Services Group

8:50 a.m. | West Virginia Economic Outlook 
John Deskins, Ph.D., Director, WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research
Mark Muchow, Deputy Secretary, WV Department of Revenue 

9:50 a.m. | Refreshment Break

10 a.m. | Moving West Virginia's Economy Forward 
Woody Thrasher, Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Commerce

10:45 a.m. | Panel on the Small Business Climate in West Virginia
Diana Strong-Treister, President & Owner, Manpower of WV, Inc.
Brad Ritchie, President, Summit Community Bank
Jim Pennington, President & CEO, The Health Plan
Patrick Farrell, President & Owner, Service Pump & Supply
Duane Zobriest, CEO, Resort Outfitters
David H. McKinley, President & Managing Director, McKinley Carter Wealth Services

11:50 a.m. | Closing Remarks
David H. McKinley, President & Managing Director, McKinley Carter Wealth Services


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 Gus Faucher 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 West Virginia Economic Outlook, the annual forecast that tracks county and statewide indicators such as jobs by industry, labor force, population and personal income. They will also receive presentation handouts from all speakers.