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24th Annual Economic Outlook Conference

The Gatton College of Business and Economics Executive Education Center, in cooperation with the Commerce Lexington, Inc., and The Lane Report, conducts an Annual Economic Outlook Conference. Leading experts address issues including: the outlook for the local, state and national economy, the financial markets and current topics of interest.

Approximately 200 business leaders doing business in Kentucky attend each year.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Lexington Convention Center  DIRECTIONS | MAP
Registration & Continental Breakfast: 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Download 2014 Economic Outlook Report

Conference Recording & Interview

Did you miss the 2014 Economic Outlook Conference? Stream the conference audio below, or download the mp3 for later listening. You can also listen to Dr. Chris Bollinger, Diretor of the Center for Business and Economic Research, preview the conference on WUKY. Listen to their conversation below, or at WUKY.

Speakers Include

Jerry Abramson

Jerry Abramson was elected Kentuckys Lieutenant Governor in November 2011. Before running for statewide office, Abramson was the longest-serving mayor in the city of Louisvilles history, having won election to five terms, two of them during a merged city and county government.

Throughout his 21 years as mayor, Abramson oversaw a dramatic transformation of Louisville and was known for creating public/private partnerships to further policy goals. In 2008, the U.S. Conference of Mayors acknowledged Abramsons impact when it named Louisville Americas Most Livable Large City.

As lieutenant governor, Abramson brings the knowledge, enthusiastic ideas and local government experience he demonstrated in Louisville to serve the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky. Whether its working with the private sector to create more jobs or ensuring educational opportunities are available for every citizen, Abramson supports Governor Steve Beshears mission to make Kentucky the best state in the nation. He recently chaired the Governors Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform.

A lifelong Kentuckian, Abramson received a B.S. in business economics from Indiana University and a law degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971. Abramson previously served in state government as general counsel to Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown, Jr. from 1979-1981.

Guest Speaker


Chris Bollinger

Christopher R. Bollinger is Director of the Center for Business and Economics Research and Gatton Endowed Professor of Economics in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. He has been an Associate and Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Kentucky and an Assistant Professor of Economics at Georgia State University. He received his B.B.A. in Economics at Michigan State University and earned both an M.S. and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Professor Bollingers research has focused on measurement error in estimation of micro economic models. His work on measurement error has been published in journals such as Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, and the Journal of Econometrics. Professor Bollinger also has interests in Urban Economics and Labor Economics. His work in these areas has been published in journals such as the Journal of Labor Economics and the Journal of Urban Economics.

Presentation: An Overview of the State and Local Economies: Recent Developments and Implications for 2014


David Altig

Dr. David E. Altig is executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition to advising the Bank president on monetary policy and related matters, Dr. Altig oversees the Bank's regional executives and the Bank's research department. He also serves as a member of the Bank's management and discount committees. He leads the Atlanta Fed's macroblog, which provides commentary on economic topics, including monetary policy, macroeconomic developments, and the Southeast economy. 

Dr. Altig also serves as an adjunct professor of economics in the graduate school of business at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, Dr. Altig served as vice president and associate director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He joined the Cleveland Fed in 1991 as an economist before being promoted in 1997. Before joining the Cleveland Fed, Dr. Altig was a faculty member in the department of business economics and public policy at Indiana University. He also has lectured at Ohio State University, Brown University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Duke University, John Carroll University, Kent State University, and the University of Iowa, and in the Chinese Executive MBA program sponsored by the University of Minnesota and Lingnan College of Sun Yat-Sen University.

Dr. Altig's research is primarily focused on monetary and fiscal policy issues. His articles have appeared in a variety of journals, and he has served as editor for several conference volumes on a wide range of macroeconomic and monetary-economic topics.

Presentation: A View from the Federal Reserve


Donald Mullineaux

Dr. Donald. J. Mullineaux, holds the DuPont Endowed Chair in Banking and Financial Services in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Boston College in 1971 and joined the staff of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, where he served as Senior Vice President and Director of Research from 1979-84 and taught as an adjunct professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as the Curriculum Director for the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking since 2001 and as the Dean of the Kentucky Schools of Banking since 1990. Don has published more than 50 articles in the academic and financial press and has consulted with a variety of commercial and investment banks, trade associations, and government agencies. His research program focuses on syndicated lending activity, securities underwriting, and mergers and acquisitions. He is active globally in banking education and has lectured on various banking issues and risk management in Eastern and Western Europe, China, Latin America and the Middle East. Don was designated an Outstanding Alumnus by Saint Vincent College where he serves on the Advisory Board of the McKenna School of Business. He is a past director of Farmers Capital Bank Corporation in Frankfort, Kentucky and the First National Bank of Louisa. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, where he serves as Chair of the Finance and Risk Management Committee. He is also a director at Float, a company that offers zero interest rate, no-fee loans to its clients. He has received the Outstanding MBA Teacher Award from students in the Gatton College for his course on Mergers and Acquisitions on three occasions.

Presentation: A Stroll Down Outlook Conference Memory Lane


Merl Hackbart

Dr. Merl Hackbart, is Interim Director of the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and Provosts Distinguished Service Professor of Finance and Public Administration. His research has focused on public financial management including debt management, public pension funds, popular financial reporting and state government structural budget issues. He has previously served as Interim Dean and Associate Dean of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at UK and as a member of the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education and the Kentucky Consensus Revenue Forecasting Group. He has also served twice as Budget Director for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of Kentucky. He is a past President of the Association of Budgeting and Financial Management.

Welcome & Introductions


David Blackwell

Dr. David W. Blackwell, is Dean of the Gatton College of Business and Economics. He previously served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Republic Bank/James W. Aston Professor of Finance at Texas A&M University's Mays Business School. Before joining Texas A&M, Dr. Blackwell served as a Director in KPMG's Forensic practice and as a Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers' Financial Advisory Services practice. Before his consulting career, Dr. Blackwell served as a Finance professor for 13 years. Teaching at Emory University's Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, University of Georgia, the University of Houston, and the University of Rochester's William E. Simon School of Business Administration.

Welcome & Introductions



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