Salisbury Chamber readies for Economic Forecast event at UMES


Kelly Schultz, secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, will be keynote speaker at the 29th Annual Economic Forecast & Eastern Shore Delegation Forum on Dec. 15.

Held at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, the event will include discussion about what leading regional economists and business leaders consider the “biggest challenges ahead,” according to a news release.

The Forecast is designed to “help Delmarva businesses plan for the expected economic conditions for the future year ahead.”

“Experts from around the Eastern Shore will gather to analyze the current challenges facing the regional, national and global economy. Presentations will be made regarding specific industries, as well as areas of interest to the Eastern Shore,” according to the news release.

The event will begin at 7:30 a.m., with registration and a continental breakfast in the student services center at the university.

At 8 a.m., the Economic Forecast Program will begin and continue until noon. It will be followed by the Eastern Shore Delegation Forum Luncheon in the ballroom. Schultz will speak at 11:30 a.m.

Kim Gillis, chair of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, and Juliette B. Bell, president of UMES, will give opening remarks.

The regional economic outlook will be discussed by Daraius Irani, vice president of Outreach at Towson State University.

Dave Ryan, executive director of Salisbury Wicomico Economic Development, will present the local viewpoint.

Jimmy Rhee, special secretary in the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs, will give the Maryland Economic Outlook.

A panel discussion will feature John McClellan of SVN-Miller Commercial Real Estate, talking about real estate; Chris Hall of Peninsula Regional Medical Center, health and wellness; Lyle Hogg of Piedmont Airlines, transportation; Stephan Tubene of UMES, agriculture; Maria Waller of Quality Staffing Services, jobs; and Peter Bale of Wallops Island Regional Alliance, aeronautics.

Stephanie Willey of Comcast Spotlight and past president of the Chamber board, will be moderator.

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