For a glimpse into the region’s economic future, business leaders are turn to Wichita State University’s Barton School of Business and Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CEDBR), founders of the Wichita Area Economic Outlook Conference. The purpose of the conference is to provide insight into current local and national economies, addressing topics of interest to the community, region and state. A combination of nationally known speakers and local experts will be on hand to provide perspectives on issues affecting business, industry, education and government.


2015 Conference Agenda

Thursday, October 1, 2015  |  7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Century II Convention Center

7:30 Breakfast and Registration
  Welcome Video
8:00 Opening Remarks / Moderator
John Bardo John Bardo, President
Wichita State University
Lou Heldman Moderator: Lou Heldman, Vice President for Strategic Communications
Wichita State University
8:10 U.S. and Global Economies
Scott Anderson Scott Anderson, Chief Economist, Senior Vice President
Bank of the West

8:40 Panel: Business Creation
Trish Brasted Trish Brasted, President & CEO
Wichita Technology Corporation
Cindy Claycomb Cindy Claycomb, Director of WSU Ventures, Assistant to the President for Strategic Planning
Wichita State University
  Scott Anderson
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9:20 Commercial Real Estate
Ted Jones Ted C. Jones, Chief Economist, Senior Vice President
Stewart Title Guaranty Company

9:50 Panel: Real Estate
Tom Johnson Tom Johnson, President 
NAI Martens
Stan Longhofer Stan Longhofer, Director
Center for Real Estate, Wichita State University
  Ted C. Jones
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10:30 State and Local Forecasts
Tom Johnson Jeremy Hill, Director
Center for Economic Development and Business Research
Wichita State University
11:00 Panel: Local Industry
Sheryl Wohlford Sheryl Wohlford, President and Co-Owner
Automation-Plus, Inc.
Panelist To Be Announced Steve Dixon, President
P.B. Hoidale Co., Inc.
  Jeremy Hill
11:20 Closing Remarks and Adjournment
Anand Desai Anand Desai, Dean
W. Frank Barton School of Business
Wichita State University


Video: Watch Full Presentations and Panel Discussions 

(Click below to see full conference playlist on YouTube)

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