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Gatton College Examines 2011 Economic Outlook

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2009) – 2011 marks the 22nd anniversary of the  University of Kentucky's popular and highly-regarded Annual Economic Outlook Conference.

The conference, sponsored by UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics in cooperation with The Lane Report and Commerce Lexington, will be held in the Lexington Convention Center's Thoroughbred Rooms on Tuesday morning, Feb. 1.

Sessions will focus on significant economic issues for Kentuckians, as well as for the nation and the world.

One of the specific topic areas to be examined is "What We Still Do Not Know About the 2008 Financial Crisis and How it Hurt Reform," featuring a presentation by Kenneth R. Troske, Chair of the Department of Economics, Sturgill Endowed Professor of Economics, and Director for the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) in the Gatton College. Troske also is a member of the Congressional Oversight Panel, which conducted a number of hearings examining how money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) has been spent.

The Vice President and Senior Regional Officer of the Cincinnati Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, LaVaughn M. Henry, will address "The Current Status and Outlook of the U.S. Economy, and the Federal Reserve Policy Response."

The state and local economies will be examined thoroughly by Christopher Jepsen. Jepsen is Assistant Professor of Economics and Associate Director of CBER at Gatton.

"Trade and the Economy" is the focus of a presentation by Mark E. Doms, Commerce Chief Economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

"Anyone and everyone who commits the four hours of time needed to attend this conference will find it to be time well spent," said Gatton College Dean D. Sudharshan. "These presenters are true experts, and members of the audience will have ample opportunity to engage the speakers in question and answer sessions."

The 22nd Annual Economic Outlook Conference begins at 8 a.m. on Feb. 1 and concludes at noon. Gatton College Associate Dean for Administration and Academic Affairs Merl Hackbart will serve as moderator for the program.

The registration fee of $95 includes continental breakfast and conference materials. For multiple registrations of five or more persons, a discounted fee of $80 will be offered. Early registration is recommended.

For more information, call (859) 257-8746 or 1-800-284-6407, or register online through the Gatton College Executive Education Center (