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Else School of Management at Millsaps College Hosts Fall Forum on Sept. 27, 2016

by Web on September 14, 2016

The economic outlook for Mississippi and the nation as a whole will be the topic of the Millsaps College Else School of Management Fall Forum 2016 scheduled Sept. 27 at 8 a.m. on the Millsaps College campus.

Patrick Newport, director of long term economic forecasting at IHS Global Insight, will present the national outlook, and Darrin Webb, state economist, will present the forecast for Mississippi.

The program will take place in Murrah Hall, room 200, at Millsaps. A complimentary continental breakfast will be available at 8 a.m., and the program will start at 8:30 a.m. Admission is free.

Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Reservations may be emailed to or made by calling 601.974.1254.

Newport is IHS Global Insight’s point person for housing, business investment, construction, and international trade and manages IHS’s U.S. macroeconomic model.

He has been with IHS Global Insight since 1998 when the company was known as DRI. Before that, he was senior economist with the Office of the Forecast Council of Washington State and an economist for the Washington State Department of Revenue.

Newport earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Louisiana State University and a doctorate of philosophy in economics from Harvard University. He received the Pulsenomics Crystal Ball for Home Price Expectations in 2014, 2013, and 2010–2011.

A member of the American Economic Association and the National Association of Business Economists, Newport frequently appears in the media, commenting on the U.S. economy, housing, business environment and construction and trade.

Webb, state economist and director of the University Research Center since July 2010, works directly with the state revenue-forecasting group, serving traditionally as the chair. He forecasts and monitors collections of state general fund revenue and works closely with the Legislative Budget Office, the Legislature, the governor's administration and other agencies on matters concerning the state's economy and long-range strategic planning.

Before being named state economist, Webb was senior economist for the University Research Center for 15 years. Before joining the University Research Center, Webb was assistant professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He is a native Mississippian and received his Ph.D. in applied economics from Clemson University, his master’s in agricultural economics and his baccalaureate in agribusiness from Mississippi State University. He also earned an associate degree in agribusiness from Hinds Community College.

The forum is sponsored by the CFA Society of Mississippi. For more information, phone 601.974.1254.