USC Economic Outlook Conference to focus on flood recovery, advancing technology

Economic experts from all over the country will gather in Columbia to examine South Carolina’s financial future in the wake of last month’s floods.

“Flood to future” will be the theme of the Darla Moore School of Business’ 35th Annual Economic Outlook Conference, set for Dec. 17 at the University of South Carolina.

“2016 is going to be a pivotal year for the South Carolina economy,” said Moore School Director of Research Doug Woodward. “The state’s economic conditions have improved significantly over the past two years. Now we face uncertainty stemming from likely end of the Federal Reserve’s zero-interest rate policy, coupled with the challenges of recovering from the 2015 floods.”

In addition to the 2016 economic forecast presented by Moore School research economist Joey Von Nessen, this year’s conference will feature Martin Ford, New York Times bestselling author of “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future.”

Ford, a Silicon Valley-based software executive, has worked in computer design and software development for more than 25 years.

The conference will also include an address by Moore School Dean Peter Brews on how business education must adjust to plan for and adapt to a world dominated by technology and automated work.

Jay Bryson, a Charlotte-based managing director and global economist for Wells Fargo Securities, will discuss the Federal Reserve’s expected increase in interest rates and how South Carolina businesses and consumers must prepare.

“This year’s Economic Outlook Conference features speakers who will present practical data and valuable analysis to help guide business and government leaders’ short- and long-term decision making,” Woodward says. “It’s also a great networking event.”

Tickets for the conference are $75 until Friday and $95 after. For more details or to purchase tickets, click here.



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