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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 Faye Hargrove
President, Rotary Club of Augusta
Founder and CEO, The Better Choices Group LLC

Introduction by Dennis Trotter
Chairman, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce
Founding Partner, Jordan Trotter

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

Local Forecast by Cal Wray
Augusta Economic Development Authority

Closing Remarks by Dennis Trotter
Chairman, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce
Founding Partner, Jordan Trotter

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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.

Cal Wray

Cal Wray

Augusta Economic Development Authority

Cal Wray has served as president of the Augusta Economic Development Authority since January 2018. Previously, he was executive director of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council and the Aspire Clarksville Foundation. Cal also served as president of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority and as a research analyst and existing industry and economic coordinator for the Cullman Economic Development Agency in Cullman, Alabama.

Cal received a bachelor of arts with honors in Russian, European studies and economics from Vanderbilt University, a master of science in international affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional. For the past three years, he has been named one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect.


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