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Ohio Economic Forum 2023 at University of Akron


April 13, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


University of Akron

Akron, OH United States

Ohio Economic Forum 2023 at University of Akron

Thursday, April 13, 2023
The University of Akron

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Networking, light refreshments
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Introductory remarks, keynote, panel discussion, Q&A


Manufacturing employment in Ohio has declined by approximately 30 percent since the beginning of the 21st century. This trend coincides with China’s accession to the World Trade Organization and the acceleration of automation. At the same time, Ohio now has the highest concentration of foreign-owned factories per thousand square miles among the ten largest U.S. states, according to Bloomberg data. Moreover, Ohio consumers are likely benefitting from international trade in the form of lower prices than would otherwise exist. In light of these global connections, the 2023 Ohio Economic Forum will offer an economic outlook for Ohio and address crucial issues related to international trade that are vital for the state’s economic growth.

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Michael Hicks – George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, Ball State University

Todd Hiser – Director, US Commercial Service – Northern Ohio, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Mindy McLaughlin – Managing Director of Global Business Development at Team NEO
Jill Fox – Head of Procurement, Nestlé USA
Guhan Venkatu – Group Vice President, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Ohio Economic Forum
This annual event allows UA students and faculty, business professionals, civic leaders, and other community members to hear from a keynote speaker and panel of experts as they discuss economic issues facing Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Proceeds raised by the event fund scholarships and experiential learning activities for students pursuing degrees in the Economics department.

Ohio Economic Forum 2023