Top analysts, business leaders to predict 2018 conditions at Chamber Forecast

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce will present the 30th Annual Economic Forecast this Tuesday, Dec. 19, beginning at 7:30 a.m., to be followed by the Eastern Shore Delegation Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. at Salisbury University, in the Wicomico Room of the Guerreri Academic Commons.

The event is an unparalleled opportunity to hear firsthand what leading regional economists and business leaders believe to be the biggest achievements and challenges ahead. The Chamber’s 30th Annual Economic Forecast has been designed to help Delmarva businesses and the community plan for expected economic conditions within 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 this year will feature the Lower Shore counties’ Economic Development Directors: Meredith Mears of Worcester, Daniel Thompson of Somerset, Jeff Trice of Dorchester and Dave Ryan of Wicomico.

Matt Drew of Lower Shore Wind and Liz Burdock of Business Network for Offshore Wind will discuss Offshore Wind Energy.

Wicomico Schools Superintendent Donna Hanlin will discuss “Education in the Next Generation” and Holly Porter of the Delmarva Poultry Industry will present on “Poultry and Agriculture as Key Economic Drivers.

Dawn Veatch of the Salisbury-Wicomico-Ocean City Regional Airport will discuss the airport’s role in the economy and Steve Miller of Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism will present “Converting Events to Economic Engines.”

Dr. Ray Hoy, President of Wor-Wic Community College, will discuss how higher education is a driver of Workforce & Economic Development.

Mary Beth Waide, CEO of Deer’s Head Hospital Center, will present “The Ever Changing Landscape of Health Care.”

Following the Forecast, the Eastern Shore Delegation Luncheon will feature each of the state lawmakers who represent the Mid- and Lower EAstern Shore. They will articulate their thoughts on what will be the “hot button” issues for the 2018 Maryland General Assembly session.

The panel will have a moderator overseeing a question and answer session.

Along with the Chamber, the event will be sponsored by Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, the Eastern Region Small Business Development Center, Wor-Wic Community College, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Salisbury University and its Franklin P. Perdue School of Business and Business Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON).

Other sponsors include Avery Hall Insurance, Delmarva Veteran Builders, Devreco, Delmarva Power, Pohanka Automotive Group, Quality Staffing and Comcast Spotlight.

Sponsorships for the event are still available.

Cost for the event: Full Event for Members, $75; Full Event for Future Members, $100; Lunch only for Members, $50, Lunch only for Future Members, $75.

To sponsor or register for the event, visit salisburyarea.com, email lalfes@salisburyarea.com or mcoulson@salisburyarea.com or call the Chamber at 410-749-0144.

 

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