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03/31/2011: "Speakers On Economic Forecast"

What will the economy bring in the next year - both here in San Juan County and on a global scale? Join Washington State’s chief economist, Dr. Arun Raha, and Mark Anderson, CEO of Strategic News Service, on Monday, (4-4-11) as they outline the economic climate we face today.

The 2011 Economic Forecast Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Monday in the San Juan Room at Friday Harbor House, 130 West Street, Friday Harbor. Tickets are $25 and space is limited - please call 360-378-2906 or email to reserve your space. For more information: A portion of ticket proceeds will go to support the EDC’s educational programming.

Dr. Arun Raha is Chief Economist for the State of Washington and Executive Director of the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. He is responsible for preparation and presentation of quarterly forecasts of Washington’s economy and general fund revenues. He also advises state legislative committees and other government agencies regarding economic and revenue activity in the state.

Dr. Raha was formerly Vice-President of Economic Research at Swiss Re in New York, a leading global reinsurer, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. There he was responsible for forecasts of North American macroeconomic, financial, and property-casualty insurance markets. Prior to that, he was Manager of Economic Analysis at Eaton Corporation, a global diversified industrial manufacturer in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Raha has won two national forecasting awards - the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s top overall forecast prize for 2007, and the Wall Street Journal’s forecasting award in January 2005. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Washington State University, and a Masters degree from the Delhi School of Economics.

Mark Anderson is the CEO of the Strategic News Service® (SNS), SNS was the first subscription-based newsletter on the Internet, and is read by Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Mark Hurd, and industry leaders and investors in computing and communications worldwide. Mark is the founding chair of the Future in Review® (FiRe) Conference, which the Economist has labeled "the best technology conference in the world," as well as of SNS Project Inkwell, the first global consortium to address technology design changes for one-to-one computing in classrooms. He is the founder of two software companies, a hedge fund, and the Washington Technology Industry Association "Fast Pitch" investment forum, Washington's premier technology investment conference

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