Magazine publisher and two-time presidential candidate Steve Forbes is the featured speaker at the 26th annual Georgia Economic Outlook luncheon, set for Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
Forbes, who is chairman and CEO of Forbes Inc. and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, will discuss what November's election results mean for the economy and financial markets. Gov. Sonny Perdue will provide opening remarks at the luncheon, and Terry College of Business Dean Robert T. Sumichrast will follow Forbes with the state economic forecast from the University of Georgia's Selig Center for Economic Growth. UGA President Michael F. Adams will emcee the program.
Billed as the state's premier economic forecasting event, the annual luncheon in Atlanta draws more than 1,000 of the state's top business and governmental leaders for a detailed look into next year's economic prospects. Forbes previously appeared at the Georgia Economic Outlook in December 2006.
He campaigned for the Republican presidential nomination in both 1996 and 2000 on a platform that advocated establishing a flat income tax to replace the federal income tax system, health savings accounts, a new Social Security system utilizing Personal Retirement Accounts, school vouchers and free trade.
Since he became CEO of Forbes Inc. in 1990, the company has launched several new publications and businesses. In addition to the company's flagship publication, Forbes also publishes ForbesLife, a lifestyle magazine; ForbesLife Executive Woman; Forbes Asia; and Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, Polish and Turkish editions of the magazine. Forbes combined with Forbes Asia reach a worldwide audience of more than five million readers. Other business divisions include Forbes Conference Group, Investopedia.com, ForbesTraveler.com, ForbesAutos.com, and RealClearPolitics.com.
Sumichrast, who will present the Georgia outlook, has served as the Terry College's dean since July 2007. He holds the Simon S. Selig Jr. Chair for Economic Growth. From 2003 to 2007, he was dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University.
Following the opening program at the Georgia World Congress Center, the Economic Outlook goes on tour around the state, stopping in Columbus (Jan. 9), Swainsboro (Jan. 15), Jekyll Island (Jan. 16), Macon (Jan. 20), Savannah (Jan. 21), Augusta (Jan. 23), Thomasville (Jan. 27), Albany (Jan. 28) and Athens (March 4).
This year's gold sponsor of the Economic Outlook series is Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta.
The series' silver sponsors are Georgia Trend, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Georgia Power and RBC Bank. Bronze sponsors are Frazier & Deeter LLC, Jackson EMC, AgGeorgia Farm Credit ACA, Crawford & Co., the Espy Company, Peachtree Planning Corp., Porter Keadle Moore LLP, Hardin Construction, and Public Broadcasting Atlanta.
Additional community sponsors for the Atlanta program are the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and the Georgia Economic Developers Association.