Economic forecast conference set for Thursday

By Dennis Seid / NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Thursday’s annual Northeast Mississippi Economic Forecast Conference will provide an outlook for the economy, with the real estate market and manufacturing taking center stage.
“As always, we have an excellent lineup of speakers who will talk about the local, state and national economy,” said Tommy Green, vice president of the chamber of commerce for the Community Development Foundation.
John Glascock, Mike Randle, and Billy Crews will be the featured speakers at the event at the BancorpSouth Conference Center.
Coffee and networking begin at 8:30 a.m., with the program starting at 9 a.m.
- Glascock is West Shell professor of real estate finance and director of the Real Estate Center at the University of Cincinnati. He has worked with the National Association of Realtors and has been a research scholar with the Urban Land Institute and the Homer Hoyt Institute.
Glascock also has published work on China real estate in the China Urban Studies Journal.
In his presentation Glascock said he’ll talk about the end of the Great Recession.
“Then I will talk about the real estate market and that the housing market will be slow for a while and some markets will not come back,” he said.
“I’ll also talk about China and the U.S. briefly and the finale will be about jobs for the future.”
- Randle is editor and publisher of Southern Business & Development. He founded his first business publication, the Birmingham Business Journal, in 1983 at age 27. He sold it and started Southern Business amp& Development in 1991.
“I’m going to talk about the state of manufacturing in the South, the past and how it’s gone the last 20 years,” he said.
Randle said he’ll also talk about the future of manufacturing and dispel the myth that it has accounted for the bulk of the job losses.
“The service industry is the culprit in lower employment,” he said.
- Crews, chairman of the Community Development Foundation, will wind up the conference with a discussion of the state of economic affairs on a local level.
Crews is chief operating officer of the Tupelo Public School District and is the former CEO of Journal Inc., the parent of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. He continues to serve as chairman of the board for Journal Inc.