South Sound leaders to convene at economic forecast breakfast


Every business depends on a healthy local income, a thriving real estate environment, retail growth, B2B opportunities, or our local port, manufacturing, and industry sectors and forecasting the state of the economy is vital to making sound business decisions. You don’t want to miss the 2019 Horizons Economics Forecast Breakfast – Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7-9 a.m. at Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.

Local economist and researcher Dr. Neal Johnson of Sound Resource Economics, alongside Tom Layson, host and producer of KBTC’s “Northwest Now,” will be presenting original commissioned research – the Pierce County Economic Index (PCEI) report, which forecasts the upcoming economic landscape of Pierce County and what to expect in 2019. Attendees will later have all-exclusive access to a website version of the PCEI report.

Dr. Jon D. Haveman, executive director of the National Economic Education Delegation (NEED) will be this year’s national economist. Haveman has published extensively on a wide variety of economic issues. He also has a lengthy record of publishing articles in the areas of labor and international economics and a work history related to private asset accumulation. A well-known media commentator, Haveman has been quoted in The Economist, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, and San Jose Mercury News, among many other publications. His radio and television appearances include regular interviews on CBS Channel 5 in San Francisco, and interviews on KCBS AM, KGO AM, and KQED public radio. Haveman speaks regularly at and has testified at numerous federal and state government hearings on issues related to seaport activity and security, technology, trade, and local economic development.

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