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WVU kicks off West Virginia Economic Outlook Series in Charleston

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John Deskins, director of the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research, will deliver the findings of the West Virginia Economic Outlook 2019-2023 at several locations around the state beginning Oct. 3 in Charleston. 
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West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research will kick off its fall Economic Outlook Series in early October, the first of five events that will run through mid-November. 

The BBER, which is housed in the WVU College of Business and Economics, will present its West Virginia Economic Outlook 2019-2023 statewide economic analysis and forecast Oct. 3 at Embassy Suites in Charleston. The event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon, and will include economic outlooks from the state and national perspectives.

“Our state has several different economies within its borders, each with its own unique characteristics and components,” said BBER Director Dr. John Deskins. “The Economic Outlook Conference Series will include five different events, and each will feature BBER and national economists who provide analyses and forecasts.”

Following the statewide event in Charleston, the series schedule is as follows:

•New River Gorge Area Economic Outlook Conference, Beckley, Oct. 10, 8 a.m. to noon, Tamarack Conference Center

•Wheeling Area Economic Outlook Conference, Wheeling, Oct. 23, 7:30 a.m. to noon, Wheeling Island Hotel-Racetrack-Casino

•North Central West Virginia Economic Outlook Conference, Fairmont, Nov. 13, 8 a.m. to noon, Robert H. Mollohan Research Center, I-79 Technology Park

•West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Economic Outlook Conference, Martinsburg, Nov. 14, 8 to 10:30 a.m., Holiday Inn Martinsburg

“The Economic Outlook Conference Series is important because it is our premier public event. Business and community leaders, policymakers and stakeholders in West Virginia attend our conferences to get information that is critical to them — reliable, unbiased information in the forms of national and state trends and forecasts, and factual discussion about economic issues of interest,” Deskins said.

“Delivering this data and information is also critical to our land-grant mission in service to the people of West Virginia,” the WVU economist added. “The conference series is one of the delivery mechanisms for this data and is critical to stakeholders statewide. It’s one of many ways we contribute to the West Virginia Forward initiative, which is designed to advance West Virginia’s economic future. Providing reliable data and analysis helps leaders in our state make more thorough decisions with their constituencies.”

Details about this year’s conferences or to obtain publications regarding economic outlook events in prior years are available on our website. 

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CONTACT: Patrick Gregg,
WVU College of Business and Economic
patrick.gregg@mail.wvu.edu; 304.293.5131

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