Economic Forecast speaker profiled in Wall Street Journal

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The Columbian's 2012 Economic Forecast Breakfast keynote speaker was featured in a Wall Street Journal profile on Monday. The story about John Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, ran under the headline, "A quiet voice emerges as a voice inside the temple," and examined his influence on policies and practices at the Federal Reserve.

Williams will speak at the 7 a.m. Tuesday breakfast at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, which is expected to draw at least 500 people.

Williams helped spur a policy change that goes into effect at the Fed this month, when the central bank will for the first time make available internal forecasts of its interest rate plans. Williams' profile is rising this year, thanks to his appointment to the Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed's policymaking body. The Wall Street Journal profile is available to subscribers only, but reader discussion and a video that accompanies the story may be viewed online here.

The Columbian's Economic Forecast Breakfast, an annual event that dates back more than two decades, will also feature discussions from regional experts who have been asked what it will take to get Clark County's economy growing at a healthier clip. Panels will tackle issues surrounding Clark County’s efforts to boost economic growth, along three themes:

• “Place: Changes to Where We Live, Work and Shop” will examine changing property values and what it means for owners and occupants of commercial and residential real estate.

• “Jobs of the Future” will look into which job sectors are growing, which are shrinking, and which industries Clark County should recruit.

• “Connections: Infrastructure that Underpins the Economy” examines how industrial land, roads, rail, the river and our electric grid are meeting the needs of business today — and where we need to improve.

Tickets to the Economic Forecast Breakfast may be purchased for $50 by calling 360-694-2588, and will also be available at the Hilton Vancouver Washington before the 7 a.m. Tuesday event.

For those unable to attend, The Columbian will also provide live-blog coverage of Williams' speech and will post to Twitter with the hashtag "#2012growth."

Economist Scott Bailey, a panelist in the "Jobs of the Future" discussion, will join a live-chat conversation with Columbian readers at noon Tuesday at columbian.com/chat.