• Economic Forecast Breakfast 2018

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    Name: Economic Forecast Breakfast 2018
    Date: April 4, 2018
    Time: 7:45 AM - 10:00 AM EDT
    Registration: Register Now
    Event Description:

    Join us for the 7th Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast sponsored by Fidelity Bank!

    An important breakfast for the regions community and business leaders, this event will host high level economists who will discuss the US, New England and local economies based on data and trends as well as initiatives put in place to ensure a thriving region.  
    7:45 am    Registration/Networking/Breakfast
    8:00 am    Program
                                Welcome - Ed Manzi, Fidelity Bank
                                Economic Outlook Survey Results - Chris McCarthy, Fidelity Bank
                                Federal Economy - Jeff Fuhrer, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
                                Concerns for the future - Mark Melnik, The Donohue Institute

    Jeff Fuhrer, Executive Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Jeff is responsible for the Bank’s regional and community outreach functions. He has been an associate economist of the Federal Open Market Committee, and regularly attends this key U.S. policymaking meeting with the Bank’s president. In June 1992 he joined the Bank’s Research department as an assistant vice president and economist, and from 1995 to 2001 headed its Open Economy Macro/International section. In 2000, Jeff was named senior vice president and monetary policy advisor, in 2001 he became director of Research, and in 2006 he was named executive vice president.

    Fuhrer began his career at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, first as a research assistant, and then, in 1985 returned as a senior economist after earning his doctorate. He has been active in economic research for more than three decades, and has served as an associate editor for the "American Economic Review." Fuhrer has published numerous scholarly papers on the interactions among monetary policy, inflation, consumer spending, and asset prices. He has been married for 35 years and has three grown children. Fuhrer earned an A.B. in economics with highest honors from Princeton University, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

    Dr. Mark Melnik of the Donohue Institute will focus on state wide concerns for the future of the economy including the retirement of baby boomers and retaining young, skilled workers.

    Mark Melnik, Ph.D. specializes in demographic, socio-economic, and labor market issues. Before joining the Institute, Dr. Melnik worked as deputy director for research at the Boston Redevelopment Authority where he led research teams on demographic and economic research studies as well as analyses used for public policy advisement and decision making with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the City of Boston. Before joining the BRA, Dr. Melnik worked as a research associate at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. He also has extensive teaching experience in urban sociology, statistics, and research methods.


    Dr. Melnik holds a doctorate in sociology from Northeastern University. His dissertation explored skill and credential mismatches in the greater Boston labor market. He received his master's of arts from Northeastern University and his bachelor's of arts from Youngstown State University, both in sociology.

    9:10 am    Questions & Answers
    Event Sponsors:
    • Fidelity Bank
    Great Wolf Lodge New England
    150 Great Wolf Drive
    Fitchburg MA
    Date/Time Information:
    Wednesday, April 4, 2018
    7:45am - 10:00am
    Contact Information:
    Members $25
    Future Members $40
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