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Our area has been dealing with the impact of a tough economy for a long time. Over 20 years ago, a group of Chamber businesses and the college got together to propose an event that would inform us about the developments on the national, state and regional economic fronts and celebrate local efforts and successes throughout the past year. Through that effort the Economic Outlook Forum was launched.

The 25th annual Economic Outlook Forum is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 8 from 6:45-11 a.m. at the Mill Casino-Hotel. South Coast residents will have the opportunity to hear from renowned economists and local leaders about projects of importance to our area.

The conference features John Mitchell, former U.S. Bank Chief Economist, who will provide the keynote address on the national and regional picture. John has the unique talent of making economics both interesting and entertaining. Annette Shelton-Tiderman, economist from the Oregon Employment Department, will give an overview of the Coos County and Coos Bay Area economy. Two of our local project updates will focus on the development activity in both Coos Bay and North Bend, with an eye to current and future activity, in a joint presentation by both cities. The Jordan Cove LNG project will follow with it latest project update and timeline. Also highlighted in our program will be “Home Grown Business Successes” Stillwagon Distillery and Bayside Coffee, both former New Business Challenge winners. Additionally, we have the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce introducing the forum with its BOLD concept. The whole program this year will revolve around the question, what is your bold idea for our area.

So mark it down, Dec. 8, watch for the registration forms coming out later this month.

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Timm Slater is executive director of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information on your Chamber, email us at timmslater@oregonsbayarea.org.

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