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Indiana University Kokomo to release findings of regional benchmark study; IU Business Outlook Panel forecasts economic outlook

November 17, 2011

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KOKOMO, IN – Indiana University Kokomo will present to the public on Monday, November 21, its findings of the Regional Benchmarking Study, commissioned by Chancellor Michael Harris, that will gauge necessary steps needed to create a more competitive economy based on knowledge, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

The presentation of the study will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130, followed by the IU Business Outlook Panel, who will provide a discussion and economic outlook of the region, state, U.S. and worldwide.

“We believe at Indiana University Kokomo that we are an educational and economic force in the region, following the vision of IU President Michael McRobbie for regional campuses,” said Harris. “The findings of this study will allow us to compare, understand, and analyze data so ‘regionalism’ won’t be just a statement, but rather a measurement we can use in our plans to transform this region.”

The region surrounding Kokomo has witnessed significant changes in its economic composition during the past 10 years. In preparation for a major initiative to foster regional transformation, IU Kokomo has commissioned this study to examine changes that will provide context and stimulate discussion among the region’s leaders and the public. The study includes Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Miami, Tipton, and Wabash counties.

Business Outlook Panel

For 38 years, the Business Outlook Panel from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business has presented national, state, and local economic forecasts for the coming year to business, political, and community leaders of Indiana. The panel is known for its ability to identify key economic trends.

Among the questions the panel plans to address are: What are the chances of a double-dip recession? When will jobs start growing again at a healthy rate? How strong will economic growth be in the coming year – both for the state and the nation? Can stimulus spending make much difference to our long-term growth prospects?

Jerry Conover, director of the Indiana Business Research Center at the IU Kelley School of Business, will present during both sessions.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 08/13/2014