43rd Annual Economic Forecast Conference - January 15, 2015

2015 Conference Report

Conference MaterialsGreater Seattle Region Global Trade & Investment Plan MaterialsFeatured SpeakersConference Speakers | Media

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Greater Seattle Region Global Trade & Investment Plan Materials

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The 43rd Annual Economic Forecast Conference was a great success with forecasts from nationally recognized experts including Ken Goldstein, U.S. Economy and Forecast Economist, The Conference Board; Preston McAfee, Chief Economist, Microsoft Corporation;Erik Ristuben, Chief Investment Strategist, Russell Investments; Chris Mefford, President and CEO, Community Attributes; and James Billing, Managing Director – Airlines Market Analysis, Boeing; as they cut to the bottom line at this must-attend event.

This year’s conference featured the launch of the region’s Global Trade & Investment Plan, focused on increasing exports and growing our share of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The Plan is part of a national initiative which was highlighted by Amy Liu of the Brookings Institution. The Greater Seattle region has many advantages that make it an attractive destination for trade and investment—from our high-caliber workforce and cutting edge FORTUNE 100s, to our deep foreign trade ties and unparalleled natural environment. But how we capitalize on these advantages—especially as competition increases both domestically and internationally—will be key to the Greater Seattle region capturing a greater share of global investment opportunity now and in the future.

For over 40 years, the Economic Development Council’s annual Economic Forecast Conference has helped business and community leaders translate economic trends into competitive intelligence to successfully plan for the future.

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Featured Speakers

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Washington State Governor

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Dow Constantine
King County Executive

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Ed Murray
Mayor

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Amy Liu
Co-Director Metropolitan Policy Program

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Ken Goldstein
US Economy & Forecast Economist

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Chris Mefford
CEO & President

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Stefan Selig
Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade

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Preston McAfee
Chief Economist

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Erik Ristuben
Chief Investment Strategist

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Essex Porter
Reporter

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James Billing
Managing Director – Airline Market Analysis

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Emily Parkhurst
Digital Managing Editor

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Vikram Jandyala
Vice Provost for Innovation

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John Wolfe
CEO

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Rob Smith
Editor-in-Chief

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Deputy CEO

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Conference Speakers

David Andersson, Founder & President, Pacific Northwest EB-5 Regional Center

Jan Beck, Vice President, Novo Nordisk

Kurt Beckett, Deputy CEO, Port of Seattle

James Billing, Managing Director, Airline Market Analysis, The Boeing Company

Executive Dow Constantine, King County

Suzanne Dale Estey, President & CEO, Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County

Curt Fraser, CEO, Middle Market Banking Pacific Northwest, JPMorgan Chase

Dan Friz, Director—Business Management, Aerospace, KUKA Systems North America

Ken Goldstein, Economist, The Conference Board

Governor Jay Inslee, Washington State

Vikram Jandhyala, Vice Provost for Innovation, University of Washington

Sam Kaplan, President, Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle

Amy Liu, Co-director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Mayor Ed Murray, City of Seattle

Chris Mefford, President & CEO, Community Attributes

Preston McAfee, Corporate Vice President & Chief Economist, Microsoft Corporation

Emily Parkhurst, Digital Managing Editor, Puget Sound Business Journal

Essex Porter, Reporter, KIRO 7 News

Erik Ristuben, Chief Investment Strategist, Russell Investments

Rob Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Puget Sound Business Journal

Scott Sutherland, Director of Finance, North America, Helly Hansen

Stefan Selig, US Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade

Chris Wheaton, Co-Founder, Chief Operating & Financial Officer, EnerG2

John Wolfe, CEO, Port of Tacoma

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Media

The following materials can be used in press and marketing for the 43rd Annual Economic Forecast Conference. Should you have any questions or requests for more information, please contact Julian Allen at jallen@edc-seaking.org.

Event Description

The Economic Development Council of Seattle and King’s (EDC) Economic Forecast Conference is the largest forecast event in the Pacific Northwest, attracting hundreds of regional leaders from the public and private sectors, education institutions and nonprofits. The 43rd Annual Economic Forecast Conference will feature the launch of the region’s Global Trade & Investment Plan, focused on increasing exports and growing our share of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The Plan is part of a national initiative which will be highlighted by Amy Liu with Brookings Institution.

The Greater Seattle region has many advantages that make it an attractive destination for trade and investment—from our high-caliber workforce and cutting edge FORTUNE 100s, to our deep foreign trade ties and unparalleled natural environment. But how we capitalize on these advantages—especially as competition increases both domestically and internationally—will be key to the Greater Seattle region capturing a greater share of global investment opportunity now and in the future. For over 40 years, the EDC’s annual Economic Forecast Conference has helped business and community leaders translate economic trends into competitive intelligence to successfully plan for the future.

The Greater Seattle Region Global Trade & Investment Plan Materials

Press Conference Materials

Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County Materials

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Overview:

Founded in 1971, the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County (EDC) is the only public-private economic development partnership encompassing all of King County and its 39 cities. The EDC’s mission is to expand and diversify the economy throughout King County by retaining and recruiting jobs, growing strong and sustainable industry sectors, and promoting global competitiveness for Washington State. The EDC provides one-on-one, confidential consulting services, free-of-charge, to individual businesses seeking to establish, expand or relocate to Seattle and King County.

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