Join us for the February Membership Forum Luncheon
Wed., February 22nd, 2023
Linn County Expo Center Sponsored By Koontz, Blasquez & Associates
Guest Speaker Damon Runberg State Economist, Business Oregon
Topic "Recession Fearless: Concerns about an impending recession, housing, inflation and labor" Over the past year there have been increasing conversations about when another recession will hit our economy. In fact, some believe we are already in recession. Inflation is running at a faster pace than any time in the past 30 years, interest rates are soaring, the stock market is down significantly this year, and real economic growth has stalled. Yet, businesses struggle to find workers as unemployment levels remain low and the demand for labor, as measured by job ads, remains high.
A confusing story with the economy giving us mixed messages. Damon will review the qualities that define recession, then walk through the most up-to-date economic indicators for the audience to assess whether we are currently in recession or if a recession is looming on the horizon.
Bio Damon Runberg is the State Economist at Business Oregon. He supports the statewide economic development goals by tracking and analyzing economic indicators critical to Oregon’s workers and businesses. Damon is a prolific writer and speaker with extensive experience giving presentations across the Pacific Northwest and California.
Damon is passionate about presenting economic information in a humorous, entertaining, and digestible fashion. Each presentation is unique to that audience and their community.
Prior to working with Business Oregon Damon was the Regional Economist with the Oregon Employment Department for the East Cascades of Oregon for nearly 12 years. Damon is also the founder and lead economist for East Slope Economics, where he provides research support and market analysis.