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Atlanta Fed Official to Address National Outlook at UALR’s Economic Conference

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David Altig, executive vice president and director of research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will address the national economic outlook at the 2013 Arkansas Economic Forecast Conference on Nov. 6.

Hosted by the Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Clinton Presidential Center in downtown Little Rock.

Altig advises the bank president on monetary policy and related matters and oversees the bank’s regional executives and research department.

His blog for the Atlanta Fed provides commentary on monetary policy, macroeconomic developments, and the Southeast economy, among other things. Altig is also an adjunct professor of economics in the graduate school of business at the University of Chicago.

Michael R. Pakko, IEA’s chief economist and state economic forecaster, will provide the Arkansas economic outlook. From 1993 until 2009, Pakko was a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, where he published research on a variety of topics, including international trade, economic growth, macroeconomics and public policy.   

Bert Greenwalt will address “Agribusiness Trends, Issues, and Challenges” as the luncheon keynote speaker. A native of Hazen, he is a partner in his family’s farm, which produces rice, soybeans and winter wheat. He served two terms as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and is a member of the bank’s Agribusiness Council. Greenwalt received the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Agribusiness Award in 1999.  

Online registration is required to attend the conference. Cost is $85 if paid in full by Oct. 30 or $115 after registration deadline.

For more information, contact Tonya G. Hass at tghass@ualr.edu or 501-683-7407.

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