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Regional Economic Indicators Forum inaugural breakfast

Posted on Mar 19, 2014
UW-Superior students and faculty partner with community to research economic trends in the Northland
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Regional Economic Indicators Forum inaugural breakfast

Base line results of a first-ever, long-term economic research study of the Northland will be unveiled at the first Regional Economic Indicators Forum (REIF) on March 25, 2014.

The project is a unified regional effort by economists and student researchers at UW-Superior, The College of St. Scholastica, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. It is made possible through the generous support of the National Bank of Commerce and governed by an advisory committee that includes:

  • University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Superior
  • National Bank of Commerce
  • College of St. Scholastica
  • Northeast Minnesota's Small Business Development Center
  • University of Minnesota Duluth

The REIF study focuses on economic trends in a 15-county region of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Results will continuously build a base of information and provide pertinent data that will measure the progress of the economy and spur new ideas for economic growth and prosperity.

Regional Economic Indicators Forum Inaugural Breakfast

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
7:00am - 9:00am

DECC Harborside Ballroom

Regional Economic Indicators Forum RegistrationThis link points to an external webpage and will open in a new browser window or tab.

Advance Registration: $20

Day of the Event: $25

Reminder: parking at the DECC is $5.00

Goals of the project are to:

  • Support business owners in their business decisions by gathering key local economic indicators and trend information
  • Develop specific economic indicators for this region that are not readily available to decision makers
  • Develop tools to assess our progress in economic growth. Prepare baseline measures that will allow comparison with other regions and measure future progress of the region
  • Track the region's participation in the "new economy" and development in the high tech arena
  • Bring professionals together with business owners for discussion about the local economy and related critical issues in a collaborative, non-political environment
  • Create a business recruitment and retention tool by publishing the information

The twice-yearly REIF breakfast and networking event will foster an environment of collaboration among business, industry, government and professional leaders.

Keynote speaker at the inaugural event is Toby Madden, Regional Economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, followed by presentations by Economic ResearchersThis document requires Acrobat Reader to open. from UW-Superior, University of Minnesota Duluth, and the College of St Scholastica on their research findings to date.

Core economic indicators to be presented, include:

  • Regional business confidence
  • Regional consumer confidence
  • Demographic trends
  • Labor force employment and unemployment trends
  • Key local industry sector economic activity
  • Real estate, housing and interest rate trends
  • Companies of local interest equity performance

For more information, visit the Regional Economic Indicators Forum webpageThis link points to an external webpage and will open in a new browser window or tab..

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