Economist to reveal his thoughts on the economy in 2016 at Graham Center event

November 12, 2015

YORK, Pa. — Luke Tilley, chief economist with Wilmington Trust, will be the featured speaker at The Graham Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies (The Graham Center) corporate partner dinner, set for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Heritage Hills Golf Resort. The topic of Tilley's presentation will be “The Economy in 2016: What Lies Ahead.” The dinner and reception are open to students, faculty and administration involved with The Graham Center.

“The corporate partners dinner allows The Graham Center and Penn State York to extend thanks to its corporate partners who have provided program support and internship opportunities to our students over the past year,” said Michael F. Allen, executive-in-residence for The Graham Center. “The dinner also serves as a venue for the Penn State York faculty and administration to become better acquainted with our corporate partners, helping them stay in touch with the needs and expectations of our local employers; and most importantly, it gives our Graham Center students the chance to exercise the skills they have acquired through our program by engaging with York County business leaders.”

As a member of Wilmington Trust’s investment strategy team, Tilley develops forecasts of the United States and international economies, and researches emerging issues to support and enhance the firm’s investment strategy. He oversees the firm’s effort in the macroeconomic forecasting area and is also responsible for communicating the economic outlook and investment strategy to clients and the public. Tilley will share his thoughts concerning the economy in 2016 and will also answer questions following his presentation.

Prior to joining Wilmington Trust in 2015, Tilley was economic adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Earlier in his career, he worked as a senior economist at IHS Global Insight and as an economist for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The corporate partner dinner is just one of many activities made available to students in The Graham Program. Currently, more than 50 students at Penn State York are part of this entrepreneurial leadership program

In October 2013, Penn State York received the largest gift in its history from Donald C. Graham, founder and chairman of the Graham Group, to create The Graham Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies at the campus.  A continuation of a successful three-year pilot program, the center is designed to enhance students’ career preparation experiences through interdisciplinary coursework, mock interviews, workshops in résumé writing, etiquette dining, networking opportunities with local business, and, in some cases, internship experiences. The Graham Speakers Series also provides students with opportunities to meet and hear from local and national leaders in a variety of career fields.

Believing that companies in the York region face a need for college graduates with well-honed critical thinking and leadership skills, Graham provided the program’s guiding vision.

“I believe that entrepreneurial thinking, as I define it, is much broader than just what is usually thought of when we talk about entrepreneurialism, which is the starting up of a company,” Graham said. “Companies of any size require an entrepreneurial process to successfully supply products and services to the market. It’s very important that students are trained to appreciate and contribute to that process because it will improve their ability to serve their employer and themselves."

I have a passion for entrepreneurialism,” he added. “What better way for us to serve the community and serve Penn State York than by helping them provide an important part of the learning process to students in an area that we care deeply about?”

The Graham Group is an alliance of industrial businesses and investment management firms that trace their roots to a design engineering firm that Graham founded in central Pennsylvania in 1960.

Visit The Graham Center website at to learn more about the program and hear the stories of the successful Graham Fellows (students in the program) and their work in local business and industry. Contact Michael Allen at (717) 771-8408 or if you would like to become a corporate partner and become involved in The Graham Center.

  • Luke Tilley

    Luke Tilley, chief economist with Wilmington Trust, will be the featured speaker at The Graham Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies' corporate partner dinner Nov. 17.

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Last Updated November 12, 2015