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43rd Annual Economic Outlook Conference

CRBR Biz Wire //October 9, 2023//

43rd Annual Economic Outlook Conference

CRBR Biz Wire //October 9, 2023//

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2023 Economic Outlook Conference
Tuesday, Dec. 5 | 11:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Pastides Alumni Center | Register to attend:

South Carolina’s economy is at a crossroads heading into 2024. Unemployment is at a historic low, and economic growth remains positive. Yet the effects of high inflation and rising interest rates are beginning to take their toll on South Carolinians. For consumers, prices have been rising faster than wages, which is having an adverse impact on household budgets and spending. And because inflation is still above the Federal Reserve’s target, there may be additional interest rate hikes in the near future.

Will inflation remain elevated in 2024, despite its recent trend downward? Will interest rates stay high? Is a recession still likely? How would persistent higher interest rates impact the stock market and the housing industry? How does the recent slowdown of the global economy — and especially China — factor into the economic outlook?

This year’s conference will feature experts from around the state to address the crucial questions about how the South Carolina and U.S. economy will likely unfold in 2024.

A special expert panel will also address the critical role of infrastructure to the long-term competitiveness of South Carolina. With the huge expansion of U.S. federal infrastructure funding, along with state-level commitments, South Carolina’s improved infrastructure is poised to advance future economic growth and development across the state.

The event will be interactive and will include several opportunities for Q&As.

Cost and Registration
Attendees have the option to attend in person or virtually.

In-person (includes lunch): $55
Virtual only: $40
If media are interested in attending, please contact Marjorie Duffie at

2023 Speakers
Joseph Von Nessen, Ph.D., Research Economist, Darla Moore School of Business
Douglas Woodward, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Darla Moore School of Business

Panel Discussion: The Coming Infrastructure Expansion and its Role in South Carolina’s Long-Run Economic Competitiveness; will include:
Bonnie Ammons, South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority
South Carolina Rep. Gary S. Brewer Jr.
Justin Powell, South Carolina Department of Transportation
Matt Reiffer, American Council of Engineering Companies