By Brenda Alling, WSU Vancouver
State revenue forecast, local implications discussed
VANCOUVER, Wash. Ė With the recession behind us will recovery follow? That question will frame the discussion at the spring installment of Washington State University Vancouverís 2011/12 Chancellorís Seminar Series. The lecture, "Economic and Revenue Update: State and Community,Ē will begin at 11:45 a.m. Friday, April 20, in the Firstenburg Student Commons.
Tickets cost $25 and include lunch, lecture and parking. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/css
or by calling 360-546-9580. A parking pass will be emailed to registered guests.
Offering fiscal forecast perspectives from both state and local points of view, the event will feature Bret Bertolin, senior economist for the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council; John McDonagh, publisher of the Vancouver Business Journal; and Bonnie Moore, director of business services for the Columbia River Economic Development Council.
The lecture will begin with Bertolin reviewing the economic recovery progress of the U.S., followed by a look at the economy and revenue forecast for the state. Joining Bertolin in the discussion, McDonagh and Moore will concentrate on factors driving local economic recovery in their presentation, "Southwest Washington Snapshot: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.Ē
Through his work as senior economist for the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, Bertolin has promoted government financial stability by preparing economic analyses and revenue forecasts for the governor and the Washington Legislature. Highly regarded by his colleagues, Bertolin is well known within the government and outside as an expert on the state economy. He received his bachelorís and masterís degrees in economics from Yale University.
McDonagh and Moore both bring local experience to the presentation. McDonagh has more than 30 years of experience in the newspaper industry. Mooreís role at the CREDC uses her 15 years of extensive private-sector management experience to help drive business expansion in southwest Washington by connecting businesses with resources for sustainable growth and job creation.
Together, their presentation will draw on their wealth of business experience in order to address local revenue concerns.
Held twice a year, the Chancellorís Seminar Series thoughtfully examines timely topics and extends an opportunity to exchange ideas. The series gathers students, faculty, staff, business leaders, elected officials and community members on campus for an in-depth conversation about a topic of current interest or concern.
The 2011/2012 Chancellorís Seminar Series is sponsored by Legacy Health Salmon Creek Medical Center. For more information, contact Barb Holder at 360-546-9580 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205 or via C-Tran bus service.