Author: David Dodson


Athens, Ga. — The annual Georgia Economic Outlook luncheon, hosted by the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, will feature two speakers discussing the economic forecast for the state and nation on Wednesday, Dec. 15, in Atlanta.

Robert T. Sumichrast, who has served as the Terry College’s dean since 2007, will deliver the Georgia economic forecast. He holds the Simon S. Selig Jr. Chair for Economic Growth.

David A. Wyss will deliver the national forecast. Wyss is the chief economist at Standard & Poor’s, where he is responsible for S&P’s economic forecasts and publications. He co-authors the monthly Equity Insight and the weekly Financial Notes. Wyss has presented the national forecast at the Georgia Economic Outlook twice before.

Billed as the state’s premier economic forecasting event, the kickoff luncheon in Atlanta draws about 1,000 of the state’s top business and governmental leaders to the Georgia World Congress Center for a detailed look into next year’s economic prospects. Registration and a reception open at 11 a.m., and the luncheon program begins at noon. Jere Morehead, UGA’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, will emcee the program.

Following the Atlanta kickoff, the Economic Outlook series goes on tour around the state, with events in Savannah (Jan. 13), Augusta (Jan. 14), Macon (Jan. 18), Albany (Jan. 20), Columbus (Jan. 21), Dalton (Jan. 25), Swainsboro (Jan. 27), Jekyll Island (Jan. 28) and Athens (March 2).

The silver sponsor of the Economic Outlook series is Atlanta-based Crawford & Co.

The series’ bronze sponsors are Atlantic Capital Bank, Bank of North Georgia, FHLBank Atlanta, Gas South, Hardin Construction Co., Peachtree Planning Corp., Porter Keadle Moore LLP, and Wells Real Estate Funds.

Additional media and community sponsors for the Atlanta program are Atlanta Business Chronicle, Public Broadcasting Atlanta, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Trend magazine, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and the Georgia Economic Developers Association.

In Atlanta, registration fees are $80 per person, $640 for a table for eight guests or $1,500 for a priority table for eight guests. Fees include refreshments, lunch and Georgia Economic Outlook publications. Online registration is available at Economic Outlook website