2021 Economic Forecast
Join our webcast live
Tuesday, February 2 @ 10 - 11:15 am
The Columbian’s 2021 Economic Forecast Virtual Forum will tackle the most disruptive year we can imagine. How will our economy recover from the pandemic? What will be the lasting effects on our local economy?
In years past, this has been the largest in-person economic forecast event in the Southwest Washington/Portland region, with 500 business and community leaders in attendance. Like many other in-person events, we are changing to a safe, complimentary virtual forum. The Columbian is operating in its 130th year, and we are proud to be adapting to a changing media landscape.
Regional Economist, Washington State Employment Security Department
For the past 31 years, Scott Bailey has served as the Regional Economist for the Employment Security Department’s Labor Market & Economic Analysis Branch covering Southwest Washington. Scott is the local source of labor market information for the region, tracking unemployment, industry trends, the occupational outlook, and wages and income. He has done extensive research on wages and the impact of the minimum wage in the state. Scott is a board member of the Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference. He has lived in Portland his entire life, and currently serves on the School Board for Portland Public Schools.
Program Director, MJ Murdock Charitable Trust
Pauline Fong joined the Trust in 2016 as a program director, working with nonprofits in grants and also leadership development. Prior to the Trust, Pauline worked as a nonprofit leader for over 20 years, and has extensive experience working cross-culturally, domestically, and overseas. Pauline is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, and holds a master of arts degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a frequent speaker and trainer both locally and nationally.
Assistant Director, Washington State Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness
Chris joined the Department of Commerce in 2015 as assistant director for the Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness, which includes the international trade, business recruitment/retention and rural economic development units. Chris previously served for seven years as vice president for business retention and expansion at the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County. He and his wife Shannon live in Tacoma with their three children.
Moderator, The Columbian Assistant Metro Editor
Will Campbell writes and reports business stories for The Columbian. Since age 14, he’s been spending time in the newsroom telling stories about Clark County citizens through video and written articles. Will formerly reported on crime and public safety at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane. He is also the fourth generation owner of The Columbian, along with his brothers Ben and Ross.
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