2014 Economic Forecast Forum to Hold Special Session on Military in North Carolina

December 16, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For More Information Contact:
Brandon Wright, Director of Communications
919-781-7979
brandon@ncbankers.org

RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Bankers Association and North Carolina Chamber, co-hosts of the 12th Annual Economic Forecast Forum, announced today that there will be a special preliminary session, sponsored by AT&T, focusing on the economic impact of the military in North Carolina. The special session will begin at 10:30 am. The Economic Forecast Forum, presented by BB&T and co-sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, Business North Carolina and Duke Energy, will be held on January 6 at the Sheraton Imperial, RTP.

North Carolina has the third-largest military population in the country, employing nearly 540,000 in the state. This significant military presence has far-reaching,  direct and indirect benefits for our state’s economy. Businesses in 82 of the state’s 100 counties won defense department contracts last year. Additionally, roughly 340,000 private-sector jobs are tied to the military, including attorneys, accountants and realtors. 

In addition to the special session, Kelly King, chairman and CEO of BB&T, will deliver this year’s keynote address. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and Dr. Harry Davis, NCBA economist, professor of banking at Appalachian State and dean of the North Carolina School of Banking in Chapel Hill, will also speak. The Economic Forecast Forum spotlights key business and political leaders who look to the future of the economy in our state, region and nation. 

With a history of more than 1,000 attendees from business, government, education and nonprofits, statewide, this event will sell out quickly. To register, visit www.ncba.com or contact Christy Santacana at the N.C. Bankers Association at christy@ncbankers.org or (800) 662-7044. 

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About the North Carolina Bankers Association
The North Carolina Bankers Association brings together all categories of banking institutions that best represent the interests of our rapidly changing state. The state’s banks have provided support to their communities since 1872. Look for a current listing at www.ncba.com.

About the North Carolina Chamber
The North Carolina Chamber is the largest broad-based business advocacy organization in the state with the mission of proactively driving change to make sure that North Carolina is a leading place in the world to do business.  More than 35,000 employers of all sizes and sectors are members of the North Carolina Chamber and partners in its Chamber Federation.  Founded in 1942, the North Carolina Chamber is the state affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers. For more information, visit www.ncchamber.net or call (919) 836-1400.

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