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Macon | Robert F. Hatcher, Sr. Conference Center


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 David Jenks
Middle Georgia State University

Introduction by April Bragg
President and CEO
Robins Regional 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 Greg George
Director of Center for Economic Analysis
Middle Georgia State University

Closing Remarks by April Bragg
President and CEO
Robins Regional 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.

Greg George

Greg George

Middle Georgia State University 

Greg George is an associate professor of economics and director of the Center for Economic Analysis at Middle Georgia State University. He received his Ph.D. in economics and master’s degree in resource management from the University of South Carolina and his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina.

George has served as an expert witness conducting damage assessments in class action lawsuits around the nation and has been retained as a testifying expert by the Canadian government in their litigation versus the tobacco industry. He has testified before the U.S. Senate subcommittee on tax reform and consults with municipalities regarding tax policy and budget issues. George serves as a senior fellow at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, which advises the state government on taxes, budget and economic issues. He is the chair of the Middle Georgia Economic Advisory Council, which is affiliated with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and updates that body quarterly on regional economic conditions.


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