Economic forum in Portland to look at aftermath of fall election

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Just a week after the election, the 13th annual Oregon Economic Forum presenters will explore the aftermath and what it means for the economy.

This year's forum, “What’s Next After the Election?” happens Nov. 16 at the Portland Art Museum. The event will feature special guest Stan Collender, one of the most quoted pundits on all aspects of the federal budget. The executive vice president for Qorvis MSLGROUP will discuss Washington’s response to economic and fiscal challenges and explore what the outcome of the election will mean for the ability of Congress and the president to keep the economy moving.

“This will have been a particularly brutal election cycle with far-reaching consequences for the US economy,” said Tim Duy, director of the Oregon Economic Forum and professor of practice at the University of Oregon. “It has the potential for reframing the role of government in the economy and the role of America across the globe. We want to bring insight into what we might expect as a result.”

Duy will kick off the event with Bruce McCain, chief investment strategist for Key Private Bank. They will provide an economic and financial review and preview.

In addition to the election outcome, the forum is exploring another fast-moving trend with immediate consequences for local firms — the changing demographics of the workforce. Shawn Busse, CEO of Kinesis, Russ Gaylor, manufacturing consultant, and Sheila Martin, director of the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies at Portland State University, will talk about “Millennials and What They Mean for Business.” Also discussed will be the potential economic impact of the recently announced Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. 

The event starts at 7 a.m. at the Portland Art Museum and includes breakfast. Tickets are $75 per person or $480 for a table of eight. 

The presenting sponsor is KeyBank. Additional sponsors are the UO College of Arts and Sciences, Portland Business Journal, Port of Portland and Portland Business Alliance.

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By Heidi Hiaasen, University Communications