Economic Outlook Luncheon to be Held March 4


showmecenterCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 16, 2010 – “How Strong the Recovery?” is the theme of an economic outlook luncheon set for Thursday, March 4 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Southeast Missouri State University’s Show Me Center.

The Center for Economic and Business Research and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship are teaming up to offer this insightful presentation by Dr. Ken Matheny, a national economist.  During this year’s event, Matheny will provide his outlook on how and when  the economy will rebound from the current recession.

“The economy appears to be improving, but many economists expect the recovery to be less than robust as well as rather fragile,” said Dr. Bruce Domazlicky, director of the Center for Economic and Business Research at Southeast and organizer of the seminar.  “A few economists even believe that the economy may dip back into recession by the end of the year.  I think Dr. Matheny’s presentation will be particularly helpful to anyone trying to make economic plans for the coming year.”

The event is designed for economic developers, bankers, elected officials, students, business owners and anyone who is interested in the path the economic recovery will take. The cost of the luncheon is $10.  Pre-registration by Feb. 26 is required to reserve a seat.  Call (573) 651-2078 for more information.  Matheny’s presentation is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

Matheny is returning to Cape Girardeau, first appearing in a day-long event on the Southeast campus in March 2009 to overview the state of the economy at that time and strategies businesses could use to survive the storm.  That event, “Staying on Track During Tough Economic Times,” featured national, state and regional speakers providing a large crowd with information on where the economy was heading.

Matheny is a senior economist for Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC.  He updates macroeconomic forecasts, monitors international developments that could affect the economic outlook for the United States, and conducts research on forecast-related issues. He frequently authors, co-authors, or edits various regular and special publications, including the Weekly Economic Commentary and MAS Economic Outlook. He makes frequent presentations on the U.S. economic outlook.