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WVU to Host Wheeling Regional Economic Outlook Conference at Oglebay October 15

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Did the Wheeling region experience economic gains over the past year? If so, what does that mean for the coming year?

Stakeholders in the Wheeling economy can get an analysis and forecast of the region’s economic landscape at the Wheeling Economic Outlook Conference on October 15. The event, hosted by the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), housed in the College of Business and Economics, will be held at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center.

The event starts at 8 a.m. and will include the U.S. economic outlook by Guhan Venkatu, Vice President and Senior Regional Officer, Pittsburgh Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. The national outlook will be followed by the West Virginia Economic Outlook, presented by John Deskins, BBER director. The final component of the program will feature a panel discussion on West Virginia economic issues.

“Our goal during the Wheeling Economic Outlook Conference is to paint the most complete picture possible of the region’s economic landscape,” said Deskins, who took over leadership of the BBER earlier this year. “There are a lot of topics germane to the Wheeling regional economy that have been on everyone’s mind such as job growth, which industries are growing and which ones are not, the employment picture and energy, to mention a few. The role of the Bureau is to provide information on these topics so that the appropriate discussion and action can take place for the benefit of all of the state’s citizens.”

Deskins said that four of the primary indicators of the economy include population, employment, the unemployment rate and real per capita personal income. “The Economic Outlook Conference will provide comprehensive information about many aspects of the economy. In the end, these four components are good indicators of what we can expect for the coming year,” Deskins said.

Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m., followed by a welcome by Jose “Zito” Sartarelli, B&E’s Milan Puskar Dean. The final segment of the conference will include a panel discussion on economic issues.

The Economic Outlook Conference will be followed by the BrickStreet Business Startup and Growth Workshop, presented by the WVU BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, also located in the College of Business and Economics. Economic Outlook Conference attendees will receive a 50 percent discount to the workshop.

To register for the Economic Outlook Conference, go to be.wvu.edu/bber. For further information on the WVU College of Business and Economics, please visit be.wvu.edu.