Economist to Tour State With Forecast

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Ball State University Economist Michael Hicks will be in Indianapolis today to host the first of eight Indiana Economic Outlook events. Other locations this week include Batesville, Muncie and Frankfort. You can view the full list of tour stops on the Ball State Center for Business and Economic Research's website.

December 10, 2013

News Release

MUNCIE, Ind. - Business and civic leaders in Indianapolis will learn Indiana's overall economy is expected to fare better than the nation's on Dec. 10 when Ball State University economist Michael Hicks hosts his Indiana Economic Outlook.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Maple Creek Golf Course, 10501 E. 21st St., Indianapolis. Old National Wealth Management sponsors it.

Hicks, director of Ball State's Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), is taking the Indiana Economic Outlook around the state, also conducting sessions Dec. 10-17 in Fort Wayne, Evansville, Merrillville, Goshen, Batesville, Frankfort and Muncie.

The Indiana Economic Outlook is an annual forecasting event organized by CBER in cooperation with the Ball State Alumni Association.

Each Indiana Economic Outlook session will include a review of how the economy will perform in 2014 on national and state levels. Hicks will discuss how the U.S. economy narrowly dodged a recession in 2013, as the European Union showed signs of growth.

Hicks' analysis calls for Indiana economy to slightly outperform the nation as a whole, growing at almost 2.2 percent when adjusted for inflation.

Central Indiana will continue to see growth faster than the state and nation, with GDP in the Greater Indianapolis region expanding at a 2.4 percent rate, adding more than 13,250 jobs in 2014.

Source: Ball State University