2002 Economic Forecast Conference Set For Oct. 11

Sept. 27, 2001

by Alan Hunt

WACO, Texas -- What does the future hold for the Texas and national economy in the aftermath of the most devastating terrorist attack in America's history? Speakers will address that question at the 2002 Economic Forecast Conference sponsored by Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business and Waco Chamber of Commerce in the South Brazos Room of Waco Convention Center on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. program will feature speakers who will focus on economic strategies for the coming year. They include Carole Keeton Rylander, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, who will discuss economic growth prospects for Texas; Dr. Thomas M. Kelly, professor of economics and director of Baylor's Center for Business and Economic Research, who will give the Central Texas forecast; and Dr. M. Ray Perryman, founder and president of The Perryman Group, who will talk about the national and Texas forecast.

A survey of consumer intentions will be presented by David Gonzales, owner of Town West Ford of McGregor Inc., while the Central Texas business leaders' survey will be given by Elizabeth Smith, executive director of the Cooper Foundation. Also, Dr. James M. Tipton, associate professor of banking and finance at Baylor, will speak on "Investment Prospects for 2002 and Beyond." David G. Horner, chair of the Waco Chamber of Commerce board of directors, also will be among the program participants.

For reservation information, call Susan Armstrong at Baylor's department of economics at (254) 710-6177.

NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS: As in previous years, a table will be provided at the conference for members of the media.

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