ERIE takes on the economy Aug. 7

"The Economy: What happened, and what's next?" Mark your calendars for Friday, Aug. 7, because that's when we're going to tell you.

The Economic Research Institute of Erie (ERIE) will tackle everything economic at its 2009 conference, with a special focus on the financial markets, auto industry and housing markets. The institute's seventh conference will be held starting at 8 a.m. on Aug. 7, in the Samuel P. "Pat" Black III Conference Center on the first floor of the Research and Economic Development Center at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. ERIE is an applied research unit of the college’s Sam and Irene Black School of Business.

The daylong event is open to the public and historically has drawn support from the region’s top government officials and senior level executives. Presentations on various topics will be given by women at the top of their fields. Parking will be available in the REDC deck on Technology Drive and in the Junker Center parking lots.

"The economy is at the forefront of our collective mind. The conference is designed to offer well-researched presentations and experts on topics that are relevant to Erie’s current economic picture and how that image relates to the nation," said James Kurre, director of ERIE and conference organizer. Kurre also serves as the program chair for economics and business economics at Penn State Erie and is an associate professor of economics at the college.

This year's featured speakers include Kathleen Madigan, special writer in economics for the Dow Jones Newswires; Yuri Unno, manager of International Trade Strategy, Government and Industry Affairs for Toyota Motor North America, Inc.; and Yuliya Demyanyk, senior research economist in the research division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. The three women will discuss, respectively, "Financial Markets and the Current Recession," "Today’s Auto Industry" and "The Subprime Mortgage Crisis: Myths and Reality."

In addition, Kurre will open the conference with the current state of the Erie economy, including Erie's history with recessions, and close with some reasons to be optimistic. Todd Nesbit, research associate for ERIE and assistant professor of economics for Penn State Erie, will give a national economic overview as well as new employment forecasts for the Erie County economy.

The cost to attend this year's conference is $149 and includes conference handouts -- notably, a copy of the 2009 edition of "The ERIE Guide to the Erie Economy" -- plus breakfast and lunch. A reduced rate of $75 is available for nonprofit, government and economic development officials.

For more information or to register, call (814) 898-7149 or visit http://www.ERIEdata.org/ online.
 

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Last Updated July 31, 2009