2015 marks the 20th Annual Economic Outlook Conference. Since 1996, the Regional Economic and Studies Institute (RESI) at Towson University has hosted this annual conference. At its centerpiece is chief economist Dr. Daraius Irani's economic forecast, which strives to answer the question:
"How will economic forces in Maryland and around the country impact me so I can make informed and constructive decisions for my business or agency?"
Meet Daraius Irani
Dr. Daraius Irani is the Associate Vice President of the Division of Innovation & Applied Research at Towson University. Dr. Irani also serves as the Chief Economist of the Regional Economic and Studies Institute (RESI). During his more than fifteen year tenure at RESI, Dr. Irani has managed and served as lead economist on a wide variety of research and analysis projects. The studies authored by Dr. Irani range from economic impact studies of Maryland industry, sporting and entertainment events and proposed real estate developments to studies that assess the economic impacts of proposed policy changes (i.e., tax structure revisions, the privatization of existing state functions, the expansion of public education services, etc.) as well as numerous studies on the economic and fiscal impact of climate legislation. Dr. Irani has performed this type of work for a host of public and private sector clients including: the Maryland Department of Human Resources, St. John's Property, BP, the Comptroller of Maryland, Sempra Energy, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Angle Technologies, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Michaels Company, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and Manekin, LLC, among others. He has appeared on the Marc Steiner show, Midday Show with Dan Rodricks, Maryland Public Television's Business Connection and he is often quoted in articles published by the Maryland Daily Record, the Baltimore Business Journal, the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post.
Prior to joining RESI in 1997, Dr. Irani was the senior economist at the Santa Barbara Economic Forecasting project where he developed county-level economic forecasts for Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, and Ventura County. In addition, he co-authored several reports including an analysis of the oil and gas industry and the tourism sector in the Central Coast of California. Dr. Irani received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara.