Despite the steady decline in employment at the national level during 2008, early indications are that the Columbus region will register a small employment gain for the year. The coming year will present challenges for continued growth, however, as national output and employment continue to decline
Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) December 16, 2008
In the midst of a faltering national economy, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce will issue its 10th annual BlueChip Economic Forecast at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 18 at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Columbus, 33 E. Nationwide Blvd.
Bill LaFayette, Ph.D., vice president, economic analysis, Columbus Chamber, will present the Chamber's 2009 employment forecast for the Columbus region, and will discuss the prospects for the region's key industry sectors. The forecast is the average of four independent forecasts by LaFayette; Joseph Mandeville, assistant vice president, Red Capital Group; George Mokrzan, Ph.D., vice president, senior economist, Huntington Bancshares, Inc.; and James Newton, Ph.D., chief economic advisor, Commerce National Bank.
"Despite the steady decline in employment at the national level during 2008, early indications are that the Columbus region will register a small employment gain for the year. The coming year will present challenges for continued growth, however, as national output and employment continue to decline," said LaFayette. "At the Columbus Chamber, we will continue to focus on key industries, such as logistics, with the strongest long-term growth potential in our market."
The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is a business community uniting eight counties in central Ohio. Led by its 35-member board of directors composed of the region's business elite, the Columbus Chamber seeks to lead and support economic growth and development for the Greater Columbus community.
The December 18th event is presented in partnership with GREENCREST and Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts. Event sponsors include Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP (Calfee), Eastland Mall, Sophisticated Systems, Inc. and Thompson Hine LLP.
Individual seating for Columbus Chamber members is $25, or $250 for a reserved table of 10. For non-members, individual seating is $40, or $400 for a reserved table of 10. Attendees can register for the event by calling (614) 221-1321 or visiting the Columbus, OH Chamber online.
About the Columbus Chamber of Commerce:
The Columbus Chamber leads and supports economic growth and development in the Greater Columbus community. It supports a membership of 2,700 businesses.