ANN ARBOR – The 25th season of the Washtenaw Economic Club will kick off March 14, with the much-anticipated 2023 economic outlook presented by University of Michigan faculty.

Donald Grimes and Gabriel Ehrlich will present their annual forecast 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Washtenaw Community College (WCC), which sponsors the Washtenaw Economic Club.

The luncheon event will be hosted in the Morris Lawrence Building on campus, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor. The outlook for the county is based on payroll employment growth, unemployment and consumer inflation rates and looks ahead to employment changes in a wide array of industries.

Grimes and Ehrlich, Directors of the University of Michigan’s Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics, are well-known national economists and authors who have worked with state and federal agencies to analyze policy and generate long-term economic forecasts and demographic projections. Specifically, Grimes has worked for many years with the Michigan departments of Transportation and Treasury and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and has been involved in research projects sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Ehrlich is coauthor of The U.S. Economic Outlook for 2022-2023 and The Michigan Economic Outlook for 2022-2023 and previously worked as an economic forecaster and analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. His work has been discussed in the Economist, the Financial Times and The Washington Post.

“This annual forecast is highly-regarded because of the caliber of speakers and is always well attended. Our business and community members look forward to the perspectives and insights from all of our experts because the topics are relevant to their day-to-day operations,” said Brandon Tucker, Vice President and Chief Workforce & Community Development Officer at Washtenaw Community College.

On May 11, Brian Calley, President and CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan, will speak on “Small Business and the Entrepreneurship Scorecard.” Calley is a director of a publicly traded community bank, a trustee of Oakland University and sits on various boards. He served as the State of Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor from 2011-2018 and previously as a lawmaker in Michigan’s House of Representatives.

Visit the Washtenaw Economic Club for information about individual tickets or business sponsorships. If You Go WHAT: Washtenaw Annual Economic Outlook

WHEN: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14

WHERE: Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor HOST: Washtenaw Economic Club MEMBERSHIP/TICKETS:

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