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March 8, 2007

ULM partners with LA Tech for Business Outlook Summit March 30

The ULM College of Business will continue its role in the 3rd annual Business Outlook Summit sponsored by Community Trust Bank on Friday, March 30 from 8 a.m. – 1:30 in the Monroe Civic Center Conference Center.

Local economists Robert Eisenstadt of ULM and John Francis of Louisiana Tech will present an analysis of current economic conditions and their economic forecast for Northeast Louisiana. The topic of regionalism is of particular focus this year.

Rajeev Dhawan, director of Georgia State University’s Economic Forecasting Center, is again the featured speaker for the third year in a row and will present his Forecast for the Nation. Dhawan is a regular participant in the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Livingston Survey, USA Today’s Forecast Survey, and the Consensus Economics Panel in the United Kingdom.

Peter Ricchiuti, professor of finance and assistant dean for Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business and author of the Burkenroad Reports, will deliver the regional outlook. Ricchiuti has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post.

At the summit, two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to a junior or senior student (one each) at ULM and at Tech who is community/university service-minded and has also excelled academically.

The BOS is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the ULM College of Business, La Tech College of Administration and Business, Monroe Chamber of Commerce, Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development-City of Ruston, La Department of Economic Development-NE Louisiana Region, Ouachita Economic Development Corporation, and the West Monroe/West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce.

Lunch will be provided with the $45 registration fee.

For more information, contact: (318) 342-1100 or email Ron Berry at or Robert Eisenstadt at

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