For the past 20 years, local business and education leaders have come to TU for a discussion about Maryland's economy.
Since its inception, the Regional Economics Studies Institute (RESI) has been the trusted expert on Maryland’s economy.
For over 20 years, RESI and Towson University have been proud to host the Economic Outlook Forum. That tradition will continue this year, with the forum returning to campus on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the West Village Commons from 8 a.m. until noon.
Daraius Irani, Ph.D., RESI’s chief economist and vice president of innovation and applied research at TU, will present an in-depth look at the state of the economy.
This year’s forum comes just eight days after one of the most controversial presidential elections in American history. This year’s economic forecast will address how economic and political forces impact each of us.
"The current political climate and Presidential election are also adding a sense of uncertainty," explains Irani. "While there has been economic uncertainty during Barack Obama’s presidency, this election has raised uncertainty to new levels."
Each year RESI invites business leaders, educators and community members to the forum for a discussion about Maryland’s economy while focusing on a particular theme.
In its most basic definition, placemaking is a people-centered approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. It capitalizes on a local community’s assets and potential to create a community where people want to live, work and play.
Placemaking has become even more important in attracting and retaining a skilled workforce due to people being more mobile than ever. It has become a contributing factor in economic development around the country and in the region.
This year’s forum will focus on TU’s placemaking strategy and the potential for positive social and economic connections between the campus and the surrounding community.
“As the largest university in greater Baltimore, Towson University is committed to taking on an even greater leadership role as an anchor institution and further strengthening its connections and positive impact with community and business partners,” said Towson University President Kim Schatzel.
President Schatzel will provide this forum’s opening remarks. Along with the TU president, RESI will welcome several speakers from the local business and higher education community: