TAMPA BAY – Politics and international events are sure to dominate headlines in the year ahead. What will it mean for us?
Hear from some experts when the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce presents Focus on 2016: A Tampa Bay Economic Forecast. It takes place on Thursday, Jan. 7 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater.
This annual signature event features a panel of business experts who will share predictions and provide insight on significant global, national and regional issues destined to impact the Tampa Bay economy. This year’s Focus panelists of industry leaders and their topics include:
National/International Economic Forecast by Sean Snaith, Ph.D., Director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness and a nationally recognized economist in the field of business and economic forecasting. An award-winning forecaster, researcher and professor, he has served as a consultant for governments and multi-national corporations such as Compaq, Dell and IBM.
Tampa Bay Forecast by Rick Homans, new President/CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership, the non-profit agency that focuses on advocacy and public policy in support of the economic development organizations in the eight-county region. His prior post was President/CEO of the non-profit Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation. From 2003 through 2010, he represented the State of New Mexico in several capacities including Economic Development Secretary.
Workforce Talent Forecast by Jerry Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist and the Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation. In that role, he is responsible for conducting in-depth analyses on economic trends, Florida’s industry clusters and on solutions to help secure Florida’s future.
International Trade Forecast by Max Stewart, regional manager of International Trade Development at Enterprise Florida. He is responsible for state international trade development throughout Tampa Bay and West Florida. He is a representative for World Bank Group in Florida and advocate for Florida companies in key developmental bank efforts (World Bank, IMF, IADB, MCC).
Presenting sponsors of the program are Regions Bank, Bright House Business Solutions, Centratel Business Telephone Systems and Sheraton Sand Key Resort.
Cost to attend is $44 for open seating which includes breakfast or reserved tables of eight for $320. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber office at 801 West Bay Drive, Suite 602 or online at www.CentralChamber.biz . For more information, call 727-584-2321.