2020 Southern Delmarva Economic Forecast Set for December 6, 2019

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Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce and BEACON at Salisbury University to Host 2020 Southern Delmarva Economic Forecast

(Salisbury, Md.) On December 6, 2019, Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce and BEACON at Salisbury University will present the 2020 Southern Delmarva Economic Forecast at Salisbury University, in the Wicomico Room of the Guerreri Academic Commons. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. to be followed by the Eastern Shore Delegation Luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

In its 32nd year, this event is an unparalleled opportunity to hear first-hand what leading regional economists and business leaders believe to be the most prominent achievements and challenges ahead. Experts from around the Eastern Shore will gather to analyze the current challenges facing the regional, national, and global economy.

The 2020 keynote speaker will be Dr. Dustin Chambers, Scholar-in-Residence, BEACON at Salisbury University, and Professor of Economics, Franklin P. Perdue School of Business.

In addition to his work at SU, Dr. Chambers is a Senior Affiliated Scholar for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a Policy Advisor at the Heartland Institute. Dr. Chambers is an applied econometrician who has published widely on the topics of income inequality, poverty, and economic growth. His most recent research, about which he testified before the US Senate, focuses on the regressive effects of government regulations, including their unintended impact on consumer prices, entrepreneurship, and social mobility vis-a-vis income inequality and poverty.

Presentations will be made regarding Shore specific industries and factors effecting businesses in our area, including:

What’s Next? The Southern Delmarva Economy Forecast – presented by County Economic Development Directors Kathryn Gordon, Worcester County; Daniel Thompson, Somerset County; Susan Banks, Dorchester County; Dave Ryan, Wicomico County; and William Pfaff, Sussex County, Delaware.

Education and Healthcare – Linked to a Healthy Economy – presented by Dr. Clifford Copperfield, Chesapeake College; Dr. Ray Hoy, Wor-Wic Community College; Dr. Charles Wight, Salisbury University; Dr. Heidi Anderson, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Dr. Donna Hanlin, Wicomico County Public Schools; and Dr. Steve Leonard, Peninsula Regional Medical Center; and

Transit, Transportation and Aerospace – Planes, Trains and Rocketships – presented by Greg Slater, Maryland Department Transportation; Cliff Grunstra, Delmarva Central Railroad; David Pierce, Director, NASA Wallops Flight Facility; and Dawn Veatch, Manager, Salisbury-Wicomico Regional Airport.

BEACON at Salisbury University – Thirty Year Anniversary – presented by Dr. Memo Diriker, BEACON at Salisbury University

Following the Forecast, the Eastern Shore Delegation Luncheon will feature the entire Lower Shore Legislative Delegation and their thoughts on what will be the “hot button” issues for the 2020 Maryland General Assembly session.

The panel will have a moderator overseeing the Q&A.

The 2020 Southern Delmarva Economic Forecast is sponsored by:

CEO Level
BEACON at Salisbury University

Media Sponsor
WBOC 16 Delmarva’s News Leader

Chairman Level
Chesapeake Utilities | Avery Hall Insurance Agency, Inc.
Pohanka Automotive of Salisbury | Effectv

Board Level
BBSI | Perdue | Allen & Shariff | M&T Bank | Gillis Gilkerson | Delmarva Power | Tri-County Council of the Lower Eastern Shore | Shore Transit | SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate | The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company | Cambridge Market Place | Choptank Electric Cooperative | Maryland Small Business Development Center | Peninsula Regional Medical Center | PKS & Company, P.A.

Supporter Level
Bank of Delmarva | Bank of America | Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. | Marie Calafiura | W.R. McCain & Associates | State Farm – Greg Reddell Insurance Agency, Inc. | BB&T | Maryland Public Television

Full event registration is $75 for members and $100 for future members.

For more information or to become a sponsor, visit www.salisburyarea.com or contact LeVita Bragdon at 410-749-0144 or lbragdon@salisburyarea.com.

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