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Darla Moore School of Business

2017 Economic Outlook Conference

The Moore School’s Economic Outlook Conference is South Carolina’s premier economic event. For 36 years, the event has brought public and private sector leaders an unbiased — and reliable — economic forecast for the coming year.

Workforce Challenges Facing South Carolina

  • Where South Carolina falls short in delivering a competitive workforce — and what needs to be done.
  • Insights from one of the state’s largest employers on workforce readiness.
  • Our annual outlook for South Carolina’s economy in the coming year.
  • What educators, government and employers can do to build a stronger South Carolina workforce.
  • Strategies to improve student performance in K-12 education, and the evolving demands and opportunities for higher education.
  • An inside look at the labor market in South Carolina, and the skill gaps that mean opportunities for motivated job seekers.
  • The impact of the VC Summer meltdown on South Carolina.


Darla Moore School of Business

37th Annual Economic Outlook Conference

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

USC Alumni Center
900 Senate St.
Columbia, SC 29201


12 p.m. -1 p.m.
Opening Lunch/Network Reception

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Economic Outlook Conference

1 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Peter Brews, Ph.D.
Dean, Darla Moore School of Business

Douglas Woodward, Ph.D.
Director of Research, Darla Moore School of Business

1:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Workforce Challenges Facing South Carolina
The Impact of German Investment on Workforce Development in the United States and South Carolina
Doug Woodward, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, Darla Moore School of Business

1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
The 2018 South Carolina Economic Outlook
Joseph Von Nessen, Ph.D.
Research Economist, Darla Moore School of Business

2 p.m - 2:30 p.m.
Gov. Henry McMaster

2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Networking Break

2:50 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Joan Robinson-Berry
Vice President and General Manager
Boeing South Carolina

3:20 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Cheryl Stanton
Executive Director
SC Department of Employment and Workforce

3:50 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.