Economic Outlook Conference Set for Oglebay

Upper Ohio Valley residents who wonder how much of an impact the Marcellus and Utica Shale boom is having may learn the answer during the Wheeling Economic Outlook Conference.

“There are a lot of topics germane to the Wheeling regional economy that have been on everyone’s mind such as job growth, which industries are growing and which ones are not, the employment picture and energy, to mention a few,” John Deskins, director of the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research, said.

The event is set for 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Oglebay Resort & Conference Center. The cost includes a continental breakfast and refreshments. Sponsors for the conference include The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register and MVB Bank.

“Our goal … is to paint the most complete picture possible of the region’s economic landscape,” said Deskins, who became the bureau’s leader earlier this year.

The conference begins with breakfast at 8 a.m. before the 8:30 a.m. welcome from Jose V. “Zito” Sartarelli, Milan Puskar dean of the WVU College of Business and Economics.

At 8:45 a.m., Guhan Venkatu, vice president and senior regional officer for the Pittsburgh Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland will provide the outlook for the entire U.S. economy. Deskins will then speak at 10 a.m. with specific emphasis on the Mountain State economy. The event will conclude with a panel discussion on other economic matters, while Sartarelli will offer closing remarks at noon.

Attendees will receive a copy of the West Virginia Economic Outlook 2014, the annual forecast that tracks county and statewide indicators such as jobs by industry, labor force, population and personal income; the Wheeling Regional Economic Outlook 2014 and presentation handouts from all speakers.