UCCS Economic Forum to predict what’s ahead for region

Tatiana Bailey presents at the UCCS Economic Forum
Tatiana Bailey, director, UCCS Economic Forum, presents during the 22nd annual forum at the Ent Center for the Arts in 2018.

Colorado Springs and much of Colorado enjoyed robust growth in 2019. Will that continue or should local businesses and government agencies prepare for a downturn?

Tatiana Bailey, director of the UCCS Economic Forum, and Alison Felix of the Denver Federal Reserve, will present on the local, state and national economies from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N Nevada Ave. The presentation is part of the 2019 UCCS Economic Forum, now entering its 23rd year. To register, individuals can go to www.uccseconomicforum.com. Check-in begins at 1 p.m., and there will be a networking happy hour afterwards at 4:30 p.m.

The UCCS Economic Forum is the leading source of unbiased and rigorous information for the Pikes Peak region. Data is continuously updated and actively utilized in the community to inform and drive economic development and business decisions.

Individual cost of attendance is $80. Those interested in obtaining real estate continuing education credits pay $100.

At 1:50 p.m., Alison Felix, vice president and executive of the Kansas City Federal Reserve – Denver Branch, will deliver a keynote address providing a state and national economic outlook.

Felix serves as the regional economist and representative for the states of Colorado, Wyoming and northern New Mexico. She works closely with the branch’s board of directors and is responsible for briefing the Kansas City Federal Reserve president on economic and business activity in the Denver region. Felix’s research focuses on public finance and labor issues, with an emphasis on tax policy, state and local government finance and economics of education.

For more information about the keynote address, visit www.uccseconomicforum.com/speakers.shtml.

At 2:55 p.m., Bailey will present the economic conditions and outlook for the Pikes Peak Region. She is a leading expert on economics, policy and urban economic development, and the health care industry. She has directed the Forum since June 2014. Previously, she worked on various economic development and health-related grants and contracts in Michigan and taught economics courses. In addition to directing the Forum, Bailey has published in academic journals, frequently writes articles for local papers, and appears regularly on local news segments dedicated to the local and state economies. She holds the position of attendant rank assistant professor in the College of Business.

The program will close with Q&A featuring Colorado Springs Mayor Suthers, economists and local content experts to address regional challenges and opportunities over the next five to 10 years.

UCCS Chancellor Venkat Reddy, University of Colorado President Mark Kennedy and UCCS College of Business Interim Dean Eric Olson will provide a welcome. Samuel Thomas Elliott, a UCCS graduate and chief revenue officer at Pineapple Labs, will preside as master of ceremonies.

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