31st Annual Economic Outlook Conference

31st Annual Economic Outlooks Conference for 2020


Wednesday, February 12, 2020
8:00 – 8:30 am Check-in & Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 12:00 pm Program

Registration fee: $120 per registrant
Discounted fee for multiple registrations: $105 per registrant.

You may register five or more people from the same business, at the same time, to receive the discounted fee.)

Register online here December 1st!



8:00 a.m. Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky

8:50 a.m. A Fed Perspective on the Economy

Dr. Mark E. Schweitzer
Senior Vice President for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH

9:30 a.m. Economic Outlook for 2020: Kentucky and Beyond

Dr. Michael Clark
Interim Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky

10:00 a.m. Break
10:20 a.m. International Trade and How it Could Affect Kentucky

Dr. Kathleen Montgomery
Interim Director of the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
University of Kentucky

10:55 a.m. Education and Labor Force Statistics:  Using KYSTATS Data to Inform Decisions

Dr. Jessica Cunningham
Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for Statistics
Frankfort, KY

11:30 a.m. Q & A
12:00 p.m. Adjourn

Speaker Bios

Mark E. Schweitzer

Senior Vice President

Mark Schweitzer is senior vice president of research and advisor to the research director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He is responsible for making economic presentations to the Bank and branch boards of directors, business advisory councils, and internal and external groups, along with undertaking other projects that focus on special topics. Dr. Schweitzer’s own research has focused on the macroeconomic impact of labor market developments and the identification of factors contributing to regional economic growth.

Dr. Schweitzer joined the Bank in 1992 as an economist. From 2000 to 2002, he took leave to serve as a senior economist at the Bank of England. After returning to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, he was promoted to assistant vice president and director of the Regional Economic Issues Program in 2004. He left Cleveland in 2007 to serve as vice president and branch executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Denver Branch. In 2008, he returned to the Cleveland Reserve Bank to serve as its research director, and from 2015 to 2017 he oversaw the external outreach and regional analytics unit.

An economics graduate of the University of Chicago, Dr. Schweitzer holds both an MA and a PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. A native of Seattle, Washington, Dr. Schweitzer lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He is married and has two daughters and a son.

Presentation: A Fed Perspective on the Economy

Michael Clark

Interim Director

Michael W. Clark is the Associate Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Kentucky. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Kentucky.

Presentation: Economic Outlook for 2020:  Kentucky and Beyond

Kathleen Montgomery

Interim Director

Kathleen Montgomery, Interim Director/Associate Professor teaches and studies the economics of trade and development. Prior to joining the Patterson School, Dr. Montgomery spent more than a decade leading USAID-funded trade projects as 'Chief of Party' before coming to the Patterson School. These assignments include the East Africa Trade Hub in Nairobi, the Trade Facilitation Project in Ramallah, West Bank and the Southern Africa Trade Hub in Gaborone. She also worked in other capacities in development and commerce-related projects in Islamabad, Amman, and Kabul. Montgomery received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and immediately afterward served in Benin as a Peace Corps volunteer. She holds received an M.S. (Agricultural Economics) and Ph.D. (Economics) from Pennsylvania State University.

Presentation: International Trade and How It Could Affect Kentucky

Jessica Cunningham

Executive Director

Dr. Cunningham is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for Statistics. She began working as the Research and Analytics Director for KYSTATS in October 2015. Dr. Cunningham holds her Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown College and Master’s Degree in Mathematics followed by her doctorate in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky with an emphasis in educational measurement and statistics. Prior to joining KYSTATS she served as a faculty member teaching graduate education courses in research methods, statistics, program evaluation, and classroom assessment. Dr. Cunningham has also served as an evaluator over the past 8 years on numerous state and federal grants across multiple disciplines in North Carolina and Kentucky. Being a Kentucky Native, Dr. Cunningham brings her passion for education in Kentucky and experience in developing and disseminating research to a variety of audiences.

Presentation: Education and Labor Force Statistics:  Using KYSTATS Data to Inform Decisions

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