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Economic Report to the Governor in the News

The Center for Business and Economic Research last week released its spring 2014 Economic Report to the  Governor. The report shows US and Tennessee economies are poised for strong growth in 2014 and 2015. It also shows that the state’s unemployment rate will fall from an average of 8.2 percent in 2013 to 7.5 percent in 2014

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UT Report to the Governor: Economy to See Stronger Growth in 2014 and 2015

After five years of sluggish recovery, the US and Tennessee economies are poised for strong growth in 2014 and 2015 according to the forecast in the 2014 Economic Report to the Governor of the State of Tennessee, released today. The study, prepared by UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research, predicts the course of the state and national economies by examining many fiscal factors and trends.

Acclaimed Journalist Tom Brokaw to Give Baker Distinguished Lecture

Special correspondent for NBC News, author, and one of America’s best-known journalists, Tom Brokaw, will be at UT on November 13 to deliver the Baker Distinguished Lecture. Brokaw will speak at 1:30 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Building Cox Auditorium. Presented by the Baker Center, the event is free and open to the public. Note the change in location.

Report: US and Tennessee Economies Showing “Much-Welcomed Resilience”

In spite of reduced federal spending, a global slowdown, and a conflict in Syria that has contributed to rising oil prices, the national and Tennessee economies are still growing. The growth will continue through this year and is expected to accelerate in 2014 and beyond, according to the forecast in the fall 2013 Tennessee Business and Economic Outlook released today. The study predicts the course of the state and national economies by examining many economic and fiscal factors and trends.

Former Senator Richard Lugar to Give Baker Center’s Ashe Lecture at UT

Former Senator Richard Lugar will be at UT Knoxville, on Tuesday, August 27, to deliver the semiannual Ashe Lecture sponsored by the Baker Center. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the center’s Toyota Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Lugar was Indiana’s longest-serving congressman, serving from 1977 until this year.

UT’s Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

UT’s Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy celebrates its tenth anniversary this year with an exhibit and several high-profile speakers and events this fall. Former Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana will deliver the Ashe Lecture on August 27, and journalist and author Tom Brokaw will give the Baker Distinguished Lecture on November 13.

Marketplace: Obama and Chattanooga’s economic choo-choo

Matt Murray, associate director of the Center for Business and Economic Research and director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, spoke with American Public Media’s Marketplace radio program on Tuesday about President Obama’s visit to Chattanooga later that day. An area once known for its industrial decay, global giants such as Volkswagon have brought more than 12,000 jobs to the region in the last five years.

CBER Spring 2013 Economic Report Highlighted Statewide

A recent UT report shows that falling unemployment rates, an increase in vehicle sales, and a long-awaited rebound in the residential housing market are all indications that the national and state economies are making a comeback. The spring 2013 Tennessee Business and Economic Outlook shows that despite sequestration of federal spending and a payroll tax

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Report: Economy Shows Signs of Strength, Finds “Firm Footing”

Falling unemployment rates, an increase in vehicle sales, and a long-awaited rebound in the residential housing market are all indications that the national and state economies are making a comeback. Despite sequestration of federal spending and a payroll tax increase that have slowed consumer spending, the economy is poised for strong growth in both 2014 and 2015, according to the spring 2013 Tennessee Business and Economic Outlook released today by UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

Baker Center to Host Panel on Transportation Issues

A panel of transportation experts and economists will meet on Wednesday, April 17, to discuss “Taxes, Green Vehicles, and the Death of Tennessee Transportation.” The panel discussion will be from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium in the Baker Center. It is free and open to the public. The discussion will be moderated by Baker Scholars Eric Dixon, senior in philosophy, and Caleb Williford, senior in logistics.