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Southern Miss to Host Annual Economic Outlook Forum on Feb. 11

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Economic trends and forecasts will be the primary focus for the Economic Outlook 2016 forum set for Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Hosted by the Southern Miss College of Business and the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, the event will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The First Bank of Hattiesburg is serving as the title sponsor. The event is free but seating will be limited.

The forum will bring together experts from banking, finance, and academia to explore a number of issues and research related to the economic outlook for 2016.

“This forum provides an opportunity for our region to review economic data from the past year and to look forward for projections for this year,” said Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the University’s College of Business. “Southern Miss provides outreach programs across the spectrum of disciplines. It is exciting to me to see the partnership between The First, Trent Lott, and the College of Business convene business leaders together with students to focus on economic forecasts for this region.”

Scheduled speakers include the following:

  • Adrienne Slack, vice president and regional executive, Federal Reserve Bank of New Orleans
  • Chad Newell, president, Area Development Partnership
  • Darrin Webb, state economist and director of the University Research Center
  • Ashley Edwards, president, Gulf Coast Business Council
  • Lee Lawson, president and CEO, Baldwin County Economic Development

“The Economic Outlook forum continues to grow every year, and we expect another large turnout,” said M. Ray “Hoppy” Cole, president and CEO of The First Bank. “We are pleased to partner with Southern Miss in sponsoring this event. It gives us an opportunity to visit with people from the Gulf South region, to find out what is going on and how our company can be of service. We believe the conference gives those in attendance a solid foundation of economic expectations upon which to plan the upcoming year.”

To learn more about the forum, or to register call 601.266.5507 or visit: