Annual economic forecast conference set for Tuesday

By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A familiar face is back by popular demand for Tuesday’s annual Northeast Mississippi Economic Forecast Conference.
Fred Barnes, co-founder and former executive editor of The Weekly Standard, is back. He spoke to the conference in 2009.
The other speakers are State Treasurer Lynn Fitch and Community Development Foundation Chairman Dr. David Irwin.
“We’re excited about our lineup of speakers this year,” said Tommy Green, the CDF’s vice president of the Chamber of Commerce. “They’ll provide perspectives about politics and the national, state and regional economies. We’re pleased to have such outstanding speakers.”
The conference begins with coffee and networking at 8:30 a.m. at the BancorpSouth Conference Center. The first speaker hits the stage at 9 a.m.
Barnes appears regularly on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier. Along with Mort Kondracke, he was co-host of the Beltway Boys on the network.
Barnes wrote “Rebel in Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush,” in 2006. Over the years, he has written for Reader’s Digest, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Spectator, Washingtonian, The Public Interest, Policy Review, the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Times of London.
Fitch was elected Treasurer in November, after having been executive director of the Mississippi State Personnel Board. Before her appointment by former Gov. Haley Barbour to that post, she was deputy executive director of external affairs and support services at the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
Irwin is a cardiologist with Cardiology Associates of North Mississippi.
Hoot Wilder of Regions Bank’s chairman of this year’s conference.
For more information or to request complimentary tickets for the conference, call the CDF at (662) 842-4521.