Metro Economy Outlook Announces National Speaker Sept. 18

August 22, 2014

The Economist editor and Pulitzer Prize winner Greg Ip
to speak at 15th Annual Metro Outlook

The Economist editor and Pulitzer Prize winner Greg Ip
to speak at 15th Annual Metro Outlook

Asheville, N.C. – The 15th Annual Asheville Metro Economy Outlook has announced it will feature Greg Ip, renowned economics expert at The Economist and a Pulitzer Prize winner. As the keynote speaker, Mr. Ip will present an insightful analysis of the latest national economic indicators and their impact on the regional economy at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Chris Cavanaugh, president of Magellan Strategy Group, will highlight trends in the Asheville Metro economy.

Greg Ip is U.S. Economics Editor for The Economist, based in Washington D.C.  He is a regular on-air contributor to CNBC and has also appeared on BBC, CNN, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, the PBS Newshour, and National Public Radio. Ip has won and shared in several prizes for journalism, including a Pulitzer Prize awarded to his former team at The Wall Street Journal. He created Real Time Economics, WSJ’s online blog of Fed and economic news. Ip is an established expert on the U.S. economy, financial markets, monetary, fiscal and regulatory policy. He is author of The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World (Wiley, 2010).

Chris Cavanaugh is a strategic planning and marketing consultant with more than 25 years of marketing experience in Western N.C. and across the southeast. He is the president and founder of Magellan Strategy Group in Asheville, N.C. Called the “Swiss Army knife of strategy and marketing skills,” Cavenaugh has presented at numerous conferences across the country. He has served as chairman on North Carolina’s state travel and tourism board, the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority and Blue Ridge Mountain Host, a regional marketing association.

“In the face of a historically slower recovery and with global uncertainty as the new paradigm, we’ll be looking at data and trends that shed light on the economy’s latest developments and opportunities,” said Cavanaugh. “Building on its reputation as a great place to live and conduct business, Asheville has become a competitive player in growing areas of the U.S. economy, including advanced manufacturing, climate science, entrepreneurship and craft brewing.”

“Business owners, managers, investors and anyone in sales or marketing has to keep their fingers on the economy’s pulse to be successful in business,” said Heidi Reiber, Director of Research for the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and EDC. “We’re excited to hear from a distinguished expert such as Mr. Ip on national economic factors impacting our region’s economy at the Metro Outlook this year.”

The Asheville Metro Economy Outlook, presented by Parsec Financial Management, is offered by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC). The event is open to the public and will be held in The Omni Grove Park Inn’s Grand Ballroom starting at 5 p.m. with networking, followed by the program from 5:30-7 p.m. Cost to attend is only $10 for Asheville Chamber members, $15 for non-members and registration is free for students. Attendees should register in advance on the Chamber’s website:

Sponsors for the 15th Annual Asheville Metro Economy Outlook include: Parsec Financial Management, The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville Citizen-Times, ERC Broadband, Carolina Alliance Bank, Duke Energy Progress, Roberts & Stevens, P.A., Asheville Savings Bank, HomeTrust Bank, Dixon Hughes Goodman, UNC Asheville, McGuire, Wood, & Bissette, PA; BMW of Asheville, TD Bank, BB&T, BP Solutions Group, Blue Moon Water, and FASTSIGNS.

The Economic Development Coalition (EDC) for Asheville-Buncombe County is a public-private partnership committed to: creating and retaining high quality jobs, community leadership, and being a resource for better business decisions.  The EDC accomplishes this mission through its four core services: business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurship, research, and marketing and recruitment.  The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Town of Weaverville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the AVL 5×5 Campaign.

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