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Check-In & Networking: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Luncheon: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Presentation: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Welcome by Dick Hudson
Former President, Rotary Club of Athens
Executive Director, Athens Symphony Inc.

Introduction by David Bradley
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce

State Forecast by Benjamin C. Ayers
Dean and Earl Davis Chair in Taxation
Terry College of Business, University of Georgia

Local Forecast by Jeff Humphreys
Director, Selig Center for Economic Growth
Terry College of Business, University of Georgia

Closing Remarks by David Bradley
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce

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About the Selig Center and Georgia Economic Outlook

Created to share Terry College's economic expertise with Georgia businesses and entrepreneurs, the Simon S. Selig Jr. Center for Economic Growth is primarily responsible for conducting research on economic, demographic and social issues related to Georgia’s current and future growth. Dedicated in December 1990, the Selig Center expanded the role of its predecessor, the Division of Research, which was established in the late 1940s. Through its range of projects — major economic impact studies, economic forecasts, publications, information services and data products — the center’s efforts help to guide business decisions and public policy directions.

The Georgia Economic Outlook, which was launched in 1983 by the Division of Research, was created to share up-to-date, Georgia-specific economic forecasts with Georgia's burgeoning business community. Over the years the Georgia Economic Outlook has provided unbiased, research-based economic data and analysis to the state's leaders and become a touchstone event for the business communities in each of the cities it visits. 

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Ben Ayers

Benjamin C. Ayers

Dean and Earl Davis Chair in Taxation, Terry College of Business

Ben Ayers is dean of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business and holds the Earl Davis Chair in Taxation. He came to UGA in 1996 and served as director of the Tull School of Accounting for nine years before his appointment as the college’s 12th dean in 2014. Under his leadership, the Terry College completed its Building Terry campaign, raising $121 million to support faculty, programs and facilities for the state-of-the-art Business Learning Community, located in the heart of the UGA campus. Ayers serves on the Board of Synovus Bank’s Northeast Georgia Division, Benson’s Inc., the CFO Roundtable, as a Trustee of Athens Academy and earned his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Before pursuing his Ph.D., he worked for KPMG in Atlanta and Tampa and Complete Health Inc. in Birmingham.

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Jeff Humphreys

University of Georgia

Dr. Jeff Humphreys is the director of the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. The Selig Center is an endowed economic forecasting and market research center.

For over 25 years, Humphreys has written the “State of the Economy” column for Georgia Trend magazine. He previously served as a member of the Council of Economic Advisors for Governors Deal and Perdue and currently serves for Governor Kemp. Humphreys has published more than 250 applied and academic studies regarding market research, economics, transportation, and economic development. In Georgia, he is best known for his detailed economic forecasts, and nationally he is renowned for his detailed estimates of the spending power of minority groups in the United States.


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