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Economic Outlook Conference

2013 Agenda

8:30 a.m. — Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m. — Welcome

  • Dyan Brasington, CEcD, FM, HLM, Vice President, Towson University, Division of Innovation & Applied Research
  • Maravene Loeschke, Ph.D., President, Towson University

9:15 a.m. — Getting to Know the Regional Economic Studies Institute

Gain more insight into the services and solutions that RESI can provide.
  • Raquel Frye, Associate Director, Regional Economic Studies Institute

9:30 a.m. — Maryland’s Economic Forecast

Dr. Irani will provide an analysis of the national and state economic forces and how they impact Maryland’s future economic growth.
  • Daraius Irani, PhD, Executive Director, Regional Economic Studies Institute and Associate Vice President, Towson University, Innovation & Applied Research
  • Q & A facilitated by Jeff Salkin, MPT News Anchor for Your Money and Business, State Circle, and Direct Connection

10:30 a.m. — Impacts of the Film Production Employment Act of 2011

Highlight of findings from the RESI report detailing the economic and fiscal impacts of the film industry on Maryland’s economy.
  • Daraius Irani, PhD, Executive Director, Regional Economic Studies Institute and Associate Vice President, Towson University, Innovation & Applied Research

10:45 a.m. — Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. — Film Industry Panel

Film incentives are either championed or hotly contested. A panel of experts across all areas of the industry will provide their knowledge and experience concerning the impact of Maryland’s film industry and the film production tax credit.

  • Jack Gerbes, Director, Maryland Film Office, Department of Business and Economic Development
  • Debbie Dorsey, Director, Baltimore Film Office, Baltimore Office of the Promotion and the Arts
  • Angela Miele, Vice President, State Tax Policy; Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.
  • Wade Tyree, Towson University Adjunct Professor, Electronic, Media & Film, and President of I.A.T.S.E. Local 487
  • Thomas B. Riford, president and Chief Executive Officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Moderated by Jeff Salkin, MPT News Anchor for Your Money and Business, State Circle, and Direct Connection

12:00 p.m. — Lunch

12:30 p.m. — Keynote Speaker: Kevin Kilner

  • Kevin Kilner, Film, Television, Stage actor—and Baltimore native

1:30 p.m. — Closing Remarks and Adjournment




Division of Innovation & Applied Research
Phone: 410-704-2415
E-mail: innovation@towson.edu



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The highlight of the annual conference is the Maryland’s Economic Forecast, presented by Dr. Daraius Irani.


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