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2021 Michigan Economic Forecast

2021 Michigan Economic Forecast

Presented by the Michigan Chamber and Michigan Bankers Association

Join us as we look back at how COVID-19 impacted our industries, cities and downtowns, the economy, consumer spending, supply chains, the workforce and more.  Building from there, we will look at developing economic trends and early patterns to predict how Michigan’s economy will fare in 2021. 

Register today to join some of Michigan’s most influential leaders in the business and financial services industry to identify how we can work together to continue to grow and strengthen Michigan’s economy in 2021 and beyond.

2021 Michigan Economic Forecast

January 5, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.



9:00 a.m.     Welcome
9:05 a.m.     A Look Back:  How COVID-19 Changed the World and Economy

COVD-19 disrupted our lives and world. Businesses shuttered, millions became unemployed and the economy practically came to a halt overnight. As the United States races to find a vaccine, COVID-19 continues to impact our state and national economy.  In this panel, we will look back at 2020 and the impact COVID-19 is having on industries, cities and downtowns, the economy, consumer spending, the workforce, government and more.

Panelists: A Look Back

Mike Duggan

Mayor, City of Detroit

Tom Jalics, CFA

Chief Market Strategist, Fifth Third Bank

Ben Safran

Consultant, McKinsey & Company

Ingrid Jacques

Columnist and Deputy Editorial Page Editor at The Detroit News MODERATOR.

10:00 a.m.     A Look Forward:  2021 Economic Forecast

This session will review state and national economic data and leading indicators. We will discuss what to expect for 2021 related to employment, consumer confidence and the economy and how the ups and downs of a pandemic will undoubtedly impact it all. 

Confirmed Panelists: A Look Forward

Chris Harkins

Director, Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency

Stu Hoffman

Senior Economic Advisor, The PNC Financial Service Group

Kenneth Kelly

Chief Executive Officer, First Independence Bank MODERATOR

11:00 a.m.     Close

Join Us for The 2021 Michigan Economic Forecast!

January 5, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


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