Experts to Weigh State and National Economic Concerns

Will the Inland Empire suffer a long-term economic downturn, or is a recovery in sight? Will California rebound more quickly than the rest of the nation because it has been hit so hard? How will local governments handle falling revenues?

These are some of the weighty questions that Redlands economic experts will address as part of the second Inland Empire Economic Forecast Conference, a partnership between Beacon Economics and the University of Redlands.

The conference will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino. Registration and breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. and the program will follow from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Orange Show, located at 689 South E St., San Bernardino.

The event is designed to inform business, community and political leaders and provide an opportunity to hear the latest economic predictions for the Inland region, as well as the state and nation.

Featured speakers at the event will include University of Redlands President Stuart Dorsey, a former Senate economist, and Johannes Moenius, an associate professor in the School of Business.

Dorsey, who has a Ph.D. in economic from Washington University, St. Louis, became the university's ninth president in June 2005. From 1982-84, he served as chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. Prior to that, he was a research economist for the U.S. Department of Labor, Pension and Welfare Benefit Programs.

Dorsey has completed funded research contracts for the U.S. Department of Labor Research and Development, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Center for Economic Development at West Virginia University. He is an expert on private pension policies and social security, and is co-author of a book on pensions and productivity.

Moenius joined the University of Redlands faculty in 2005 and holds a Ph.D. in economics from UC San Diego.

Before coming to Redlands, Moenius taught at the Kellogg School of Management. He also was a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo. He is an international trade economist by training and places a strong emphasis on data. His research interests include how domestic institutions affect international trade. He also has studied political institutions.

The conference will also feature noted economists Jon Haveman and Christopher Thornberg, founding principals of Beacon Economics.

Beacon Economics is a research and consulting firm specializing in analyses of real estate markets, local economic development and public and private policy issues. The firm holds economic forecast conferences and advises city governments, financial institutions, real estate firms and businesses.

Tickets are $125 through Oct. 22 and $150 after. Seating is limited.

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