Economic Forecast Breakfast is Jan. 10

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Tickets are currently available for the 2012 Columbian Economic Forecast breakfast, set for Tuesday, Jan. 10, at The Hilton Vancouver. The event will focus on information to help get Clark County’s economy growing again.

The keynote speaker is Dr. John C. Williams, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Willams began his career as an economist in 1994, when he joined the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve system.

Dr. Williams later served as Senior Economist of the Board in 1998 and Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 1999 to 2000. He has collaborated with economists from throughout the country and across the globe in examining economic and policy issues, and has published numerous articles in leading research journals on topics including: monetary policy under uncertainty and with imperfect information; learning; research and development; innovation; productivity, and business cycles.

Following the keynote speaker, attendees will have the opportunity to attend panel discussions, in which experts will tackle areas of the economy that play key roles in getting Clark County businesses growing in 2012. Attendees will be able to attend two of three panels.

The Economic Forecast began as a special business feature presented by The Columbian in the mid-1980s. In 1995, a breakfast was added to give panelists a public forum to present their views prior to the Sunday publication, which includes in-depth articles by each of the panelists.

To register, visit or call the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce at 694-2588. Tickets are $50 per person, $500 per table of 10, or $30 per student.

The first 50 high school and/or college students to register for the event will be offered free seats, courtesy of MacKay & Sposito, Inc.

This year’s event is sponsored by First Independent Bank, The Management Group, MacKay & Sposito, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Columbia River Economic Development Council, and Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.