Economic Impact Breakfast – 2019

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Date: October 31, 2019
Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Cost: $59 – $79
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Bend Chamber

Event Location

3075 N Business Hwy 97
Bend, OR 97701 United States

Pre-registration for this event has been closed. Please join us at the Riverhouse to register at the door. Members $69 | General Admission $89

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for registration, networking and buffet-style breakfast and the program starts at 8:30 a.m.

What’s happening with U.S. economy?

As of 2019 we are in the longest period of economic expansion in U.S. history. But, in the same year, the yield curve, a reliable indicator of an upcoming recession, inverts and sends a warning sign through world markets, at least for a brief moment. So what’s coming down the pipe?



On October 31, the Bend Chamber, along with PacficSource Health Plans and Brooks Resources, will present the 2019 Economic Impact Breakfast. The keynote speaker, economist and renowned news media contributor Lindsey Piegza, will look at the pace of our economy and what it means going forward for overall growth, interest rates and monetary policy. She will cover trends in consumer behaviors and in the manufacturing sector, in addition to new Federal Reserve policy initiatives and potential economic effects of these changes. Ms. Piegza will also share her perceptions on economic growth in the U.S. as a whole, its effects on interest rates and how Central Oregon businesses can try to see the road ahead.

After years of rapid economic expansion in Central Oregon, the slowing of the regional economy became widely evident in 2019. Although the economy continues to grow, the slowdown feels like a radical shift from our previous trajectory. Damon Runberg, Regional Economist with the Oregon Employment Department will discuss the factors leading to this recent slowdown and the ramifications of slowing growth on job seekers in the context of our relatively thin labor market.


*** General Membership Meeting

At the beginning of the program, we’ll take care of some official Chamber business where we’ll have the passing of the gavel from the current Board Chair, Vic Martinez, to the 2020 Board Chair, Scott Wallace. We’ll also recognize the contributions of those board members coming off the board at the end of 2019 (Michael Lalonde, Keith Dodge, Heather Hansen) and introduce the new board members for 2020.


KEYNOTE: Dr. Lindsey Piegza
Chief Economist for Stifel Fixed Income. She specializes in research and analysis of economic trends and activity, world economies, financial markets and fiscal policies. READ FULL BIO

Damon Runberg, State Economist, Oregon Employment Department
Damon Runberg is a state economist with the Oregon Employment Department covering Central Oregon and the Klamath Basin. He calculates the monthly employment and unemployment estimates for the area’s counties; additionally Damon tracks various economic indicators critical to the region’s economy.

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