41st Annual Economic Forecast Conference - January 10, 2013

2013 Conference Report

The Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County’s 41st Annual Economic Forecast Conference took place on January 10, 2013, at the Washington State Convention Center. Over 700 attendees participated in this sell-out event. For 42 years, the EDC’s annual Economic Forecast Conference has been helping business and community leaders translate economic trends into competitive intelligence to successfully plan for the future. As the largest forecast event in the Northwest, attendees gain insight into critical business issues with timely forecasts from nationally recognized experts as they cut to the bottom line at this must-attend event. For more information, download the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Economic Forecast Conference supplement.

Photo Gallery of the event is available from Team Photogenic.

Keynote Address from Brad SmithGeneral Counsel, Exec.Vice President Legal & Corp. Affairs, Microsoft Corporation



To view copies of the economists forecast presentations please click on the links below.

Dick Conway
Co-Publisher, Puget Sound Economic Forecaster
Dick Conway is principal of Dick Conway & Associates, a Seattle firm engaged in economic research and consulting. Conway, who established his business in 1981, specializes in regional economic forecasting and analysis. Along with Doug Pedersen, Conway is co-publisher of The Puget Sound Economic Forecaster, a quarterly forecast and commentary on the regional economy.

Conway has served on the Washington State Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors for the past 25 years. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Regional Science Review and the Western Blue Chip Economic Forecast Panel. Conway’s research in the field of regional economic modeling, forecasting, and analysis has resulted in 27 publications in economic journals and books. Altogether he has authored nearly 300 publications and research reports.



Michael Dueker
Chief Economist, Russell Investments
Mike Dueker is chief economist for Russell Investments. Dueker writes regularly for Russell’s Market Outlook publications, forecasting the business cycle and the target federal funds rate. He developed and maintains a business cycle index that is published monthly on Russell.com. Dueker also spearheads Russell’s participation as one of 50 Blue Chip forecasters for both Blue Chip Economic Indicators and Blue Chip Financial Forecasts. He brings state-of-the-art empirical modeling and forecasting techniques to key economic developments, the term structure of interest rates, currency markets and enhanced asset allocation. He coordinates efforts to formulate globally consistent Russell views on the near-term macroeconomic outlook, including inflation and currency developments.

Dueker joined Russell in 2008. Prior to joining Russell, he was an assistant vice president and research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis from 1991 to 2008. His principal duties included briefing the bank president prior to monetary policy meetings and publishing articles in academic journals, such as the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. Mike served as an associate editor of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. He also was editor of Monetary Trends, a monthly publication of the St. Louis Fed.



Ken Goldstein
Economist, The Conference Board

Ken Goldstein has been an economist at The Conference Board since 1971. His principal responsibilities include analyzing current trends in labor market activity and forecasting near-term economic development. He also conducts research and analysis for the Business Cycle Indicators Program.

Since 1989, Goldstein has managed the monthly update of The Conference Board economic forecasting process and has frequently been quoted in the media regarding the direction of employment, inflation, interest rates, and the economy in general. For the last three decades, Goldstein has written about the state of the economy in a number of publications from The Conference Board, including The Conference Board Review, Business Cycle Indicators, and StraightTalk.

Economic Forecast Conference 2013 – Ken Goldstein

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Supporting Sponsor

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For information on future sponsorship opportunities please contact Margo Shiroyama at (425) 785-4015 or email mshiroyama@EDC-SeaKing.org.

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