Kennesaw State presents “Southeastern Economic Insights Forum”

Atlanta Fed President Dennis P. Lockhart to address 200 select participants

Georgia (Mar 4, 2009) — Kennesaw State presents “Southeastern Economic Insights Forum”

Aixa Pascual


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Kennesaw State presents “Southeastern Economic Insights Forum”
Atlanta Fed President Dennis P. Lockhart to address 200 select participants

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (March 4‚ 2009)
— Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis P. Lockhart and RBC Chief Economist Craig Wright will deliver keynote speeches at the “Southeastern Economic Insights Forum‚” presented by Kennesaw State University and RBC Bank on Thursday‚ March 5 at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

The current economic crisis has adversely affected all Southeastern states‚ some more than others. “Georgia and Florida have been hit particularly hard by the current recession‚ with record foreclosures and unemployment rates‚” said Govind Hariharan‚ chair of the Department of Economics and Finance at KSU’s Coles College of Business.

Lockhart will share his views on the current state of the economy and Fed policy. Forum attendees include leaders from the financial‚ real estate‚ education and health care industries.

The “Southeastern Economic Insights Forum‚” presented by RBC Bank and KSU‚ will offer insights from economists and policymakers on current economic conditions‚ trends and prospects. Attendance is by invitation only. News media are welcome to attend; please RSVP to Aixa M. Pascual at 678−797−2549 or

Keynote speakers:
• Dennis P. Lockhart‚ president and chief executive officer‚ Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Lockhart has been president of the Atlanta Fed since 2007 and serves on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)‚ the Fed’s chief monetary policy body. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta covers the Sixth Federal Reserve District‚ which encompasses Alabama‚ Florida and Georgia‚ as well as parts of Louisiana‚ Mississippi and Tennessee.

• Craig Wright‚ senior vice president and chief economist‚ RBC. Wright leads a global team of economists and strategists out of Toronto. He has been chief
economist at RBC‚ one of the top 10 financial institutions in North America‚ since
2001. RBC owns RBC Bank‚ one of the largest banks in the Southeast.

• Don Sabbarese‚ economics professor and director of the Econometric Center‚ Coles College of Business at KSU. Sabbarese directs the Georgia Purchasing Managers (PMI) survey‚ a monthly indicator of manufacturing activity in the state. His research specialties include financial institutions and macroeconomics.

Thursday‚ March 5‚ from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Centre‚ Ballroom F‚ Two Galleria Parkway‚ Atlanta‚ Ga. 30339.


Kennesaw State University is the third−largest university in Georgia‚ offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit