The Atlanta Economics Club meets for a luncheon each month from September through May at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The meetings begin at 11:30am and end at 1:00pm. We have a speaker at each meeting, as well as ample time for networking. Below is our meeting schedule for the 2016 - 2017 year. Speaker lineup is subject to change. Please check back often for updates.

Alasdair Young, Ph.D.
Alasdair Young, Ph.D.Professor and Co-Director for the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies
The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, GA Tech

Topic:

Brexit and Its Political and Social Implications

Bio:

Alasdair Young is Professor of International Affairs.  He co-directs the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies, a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence. He also directs the Nunn School’s undergraduate program.  He held a Jean Monnet Chair (2012-15) and received the Ivan Allen College’s Distinguished Researcher Award in 2015.  Beyond Georgia Tech, he is Chair of the European Union Studies Association (USA).   Before joining Georgia Tech in 2011 he taught at the University of Glasgow in the UK for 10 years.  Prior to that he held research posts at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and the University of Sussex, outside Brighton in the UK.

Alasdair has written three books, including Parochial Global Europe: 21st Century Trade Politics with John Peterson (Edinburgh), which was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. He has edited eight other volumes, including the seventh edition of Policy-Making in the European Union with Mark Pollack (Temple) and Helen Wallace (British Academy), Oxford University Press, and a special issue of the Journal of European Public Policy on the European Union as a global regulator (Vol. 22/9) both in 2015. He has published more than a dozen articles -- including in Global Environmental Politics, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, the Review of International Political Economy, and World Politics -- and written more than 30 book chapters.  He was editor of the British Political Studies Association journal POLITICS (2006-11) and the JCMS Annual Review of the European Union(2006-8).   He has performed consultancy work for the American and British governments and for the European Commission.

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Dr. David Altig
Dr. David AltigExecutive Vice President and Director of Research
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Topic:

Room to Run: Thinking About Slack in the U.S. Economy

Bio:

Dr. David E. Altig is executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition to advising the Bank president on monetary policy and related matters, Dr. Altig oversees the Bank's regional executives and the Bank's research department. He also serves as a member of the Bank's management and discount committees. He leads the Atlanta Fed's macroblog, which provides commentary on economic topics, including monetary policy, macroeconomic developments, and the Southeast economy.

Dr. Altig also serves as an adjunct professor of economics in the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, where he was the recipient of the 2010 Einhorn award for excellence in executive MBA teaching. In 2016, he was elected to a three-year term as a director of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). He is also a member of the board of the Global Interdependence Center and the advisory board of Atlanta-based Neighborhood Nexus.

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William J. Wiatrowski
William J. WiatrowskiDeputy Commissioner
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Topic:

The Status of the Economy: Employment and Healthcare

Bio:

William J. Wiatrowski is Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the senior career employee in the agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Prior to his selection as Deputy Commissioner in June 2015, Bill was Associate Commissioner for Compensation and Working Conditions at BLS, responsible for the Bureau's Occupational Safety and Health Statistics Programs and the National Compensation Survey.

Mr. Wiatrowski received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and the History of Art from Yale University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the George Washington University.

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AEC Holiday Reception at the Federal Reserve Bank

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Atlanta's Own: Night at the Museum
Please join us for drinks and light hors d'oeuvres to celebrate another great year for the Atlanta Economics Club!
Network and tour the Money Museum

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Carolyn Bourdeaux
Carolyn BourdeauxAssociate Professor of Public Management and Policy
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University

Topic:

A Briefing on Georgia's Budget: The Big Picture

Bio:

Carolyn Bourdeaux is an Associate Professor of Public Management and Policy at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and is Director of the Center for State and Local Finance.  From 2007-2010, Dr. Bourdeaux was on leave from the University to serve as Director of Georgia’s Senate Budget and Evaluation Office.  Her background in academia and work in the public sector spans a wide range of areas that include state budget and tax policy as well as transportation policy, land use planning, economic development, environmental policy, education, and administrative reform.

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Mark Butler
Mark ButlerGeorgia Commissioner of Labor
Department of Labor

Topic:

Georgia Workforce Trends

Bio:

Mark Butler became Georgia's ninth Commissioner of Labor on January 10, 2011. Commissioner Butler's goal is to create valuable workforce solutions through strategic alliances and community relationships. Commissioner Butler formed the Regional Coordinator Program in 2011 and, subsequently, the Business Service Unit in 2013.

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Ann Carpenter
Ann CarpenterSenior Community & Economic Development Adviser
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Topic:

Housing Affordability in the Atlanta Area

Bio:

Ann Carpenter is a senior community and economic development adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, specializing in housing and neighborhood revitalization. Her recent work includes studies on blight remediation and the loss of low-cost rental housing in the Southeast.

Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, Carpenter was a senior research associate at the Georgia Tech Research Institute's (GTRI) Socio-Technical Systems Division. There, she specialized in the areas of sustainability, community resilience, and emergency management planning.

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Kenneth Shivers
Kenneth ShiversSouthern Company
Director of Planning and Regulatory Support

Topic:

Update on the Regional Economy

Bio:

Kenneth Shriver, a graduate of West Georgia University, is currently Chief Economist at Southern Company, managing a team of 12 professionals in Costing, Forecasting, and Pricing Department.

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Kenneth D Simonson
Kenneth D SimonsonChief Economist
Associated General Contractors of America

Topic:

Construction Spending, Material Costs and Employment

Bio:

Kenneth D. Simonson has been Chief Economist for the Associated General Contractors of America since 2001. He provides insight into the economy and what it implies for construction and related industries through frequent media interviews, presentations and The Data DIGest, his weekly one-page enewsletter that goes to 47,000 subscribers.

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Location

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
1000 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

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