Economic Forecast Forum

Sure to once again attract a sold-out crowd, the NC Chamber and the North Carolina Bankers Association proudly present the 17th Annual Economic Forecast Forum, a gathering of our state’s most powerful and influential leaders, to discuss how the state can become a leader in job retention, job creation and quality of life. This highly acclaimed event provides you with the opportunity to heighten awareness of your company to a statewide audience of more than 700 leaders in business, government, education and nonprofits.



Agenda – Friday, January 4

10:30 amRegistration and Networking
11:30 amLunch
12:15 pmWelcome and Opening Speaker


  • David Stevens,
    Chairman, North Carolina Bankers Association
    Mid-South Division President, SunTrust Banks
  • Venessa Harrison,
    Chairwoman, NC Chamber
    President, AT&T North Carolina

Opening Speaker:

  • Chip Mahan,
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Live Oak Bank
12:45 pmBeyond the Big Fish: How North Carolina is Preparing for Unprecedented Growth

North Carolina has made it clear that it has the resources, talent and business climate necessary to attract big business. But how can we ensure our state is leveraging this growth in a way that benefits all North Carolinians? And what can we do to guarantee these “big fish” remain in North Carolina for the long haul? Panelists representing various sectors of our state economy will address these questions in a lively, fast-paced panel moderated by Spectrum News’s Tim Boyum.

  • Christopher Chung,
    Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
  • Nelle Hotchkiss,
    SVP of Association Services & COO, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives
  • Michael Landguth,
    President and CEO, RDU Airport Authority
  • Dr. Randy Woodson, Chancellor, North Carolina State University


  • Tim Boyum,
    Anchor, Capital Tonight, Spectrum News
1:30 pmEconomic Forecast Panel Discussion
  • Harry M. Davis,
    Economist, North Carolina Bankers Association
    Professor of Finance, Appalachian State University
  • Michael Walden,
    William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Eugene Flood,
    Managing Partner, Next Sector Capital
  • Emma Turner,
    Economist, North Carolina General Assembly


  • Tim Boyum,
    Anchor, Capital Tonight, Spectrum News
2:15 pmAdjourn


January 4, 2019
10:30 am - 2:15 pm


Sheraton Imperial Hotel
4700 Emperor Boulevard
Durham, NC 27703

Click the button above to register for
individual seats or a reserved table of 10.

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