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University of Kentucky to hold 29th annual Economic Outlook Conference Feb. 6 at Gatton College

By Carl Nathe
Special to KyForward

Will the bullish stock market of the past year continue throughout the rest of 2018? Is the outlook positive or negative for Kentucky’s economy? What impacts will the newly enacted federal tax policy have on government spending? Questions like these and many more will be addressed by a panel of experts on Tuesday, Feb. 6, as the University of Kentucky hosts the 29th annual Economic Outlook Conference, sponsored by Central Bank, in downtown Lexington.

The event is hosted by UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics’ Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center, along with the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER). Commerce Lexington and The Lane Report are serving as presenting sponsors, and the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (lbar.com), is a partner sponsor this year.

The Lexington Convention Center is the event site with check in and continental breakfast from 8 to 8:30 a.m., and the conference itself from 8:30 to noon.

Expert speakers and presenters include:

• James Bullard, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Bullard’s talk will focus on the U.S. economy and monetary policy.

• Christopher R. Bollinger, director of UK’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and Gatton Endowed Professor of Economics in the Gatton College. Bollinger will speak on the “Economic Outlook for 2018: National and Local Relationships.”

• Merl Hackbart, Provost’s Distinguished Professor of Finance and Public Administration and longtime faculty member in the Gatton College and UK’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. Hackbart’s topic is “The Financial Condition of the States: Another View.”

• Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner. Secretary Heiner’s address is titled “Kentucky’s Response to the Changing Nature of Work.”

“This annual event consistently provides a morning full of great information and insights,” said Steve Skinner, interim dean of the Gatton College. “Business leaders and other interested citizens will hear directly from experts on a range of issues impacting our economy. The presentations are timely and compelling.”

Audience participation will be an important part of the event in the form of a speaker panel Q & A following the presentations.

Early registration is recommended for the 29th annual Economic Outlook conference and can be done online. The registration fee of $120 includes continental breakfast and all materials. For groups of five or more, a discounted registration fee of $105 per person is offered.

For more information, visit www.gatton.uky.edu.

Carl Nathe writes for UK Now

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