Edmond will hold its annual economic and real estate forecast for
the city and surrounding area in a January event that will include
as speakers Oklahoma State University Regents Professor Emeritus and
economist Larkin Warner and Edmond City Manager Larry Stevens, among
The 2003 Economic Preview is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to noon
Jan. 17 in Constitution Hall at the University of Central Oklahoma
"We expect to reach more than 200 people with this event," said
Janet Yowell, the executive director of the Edmond Economic
Development Authority, which is putting on the event. "This will
allow businesses that are thinking about doing business in Edmond to
get the information they need."
The preview, an annual event put on by the EEDA, is sponsored by
American Bank. The event highlights forecasts and trends in the
Oklahoma and Edmond economies and real estate markets, the authority
said in a statement.
Kicking off the event, Warner will comment on the state economy,
followed by a state-of-the-city address by Stevens.
Yowell will present a demographic overview of the city of Edmond
that will include the latest figures in Edmond's population, income
levels, and educational attainment based on census data and 2003
estimates and projections.
Yowell said she will also release findings from a 2002 retail
sales analysis by the EEDA, which identifies trends and gaps in
Edmond's retail sales market by consumer spending category.
"We think businesses, if they are looking at locating in Edmond,
will be able to use this information to determine where there is
spending potential by consumers," Yowell said Monday.
Besides the broader economic trends in the Edmond area, a large
portion of the event will focus on trends and projections by
professionals in the real estate market in Edmond and the
Scheduled to speak are Jeff Norman of John A. Henry & Co., Derek
Turner of Turner and Co., Brian Preston of Re/Max Associates,
William Forrest of CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma, and Bob Sullivan of
The Bob Sullivan Group.
The speakers will comment on the retail, office, residential,
multifamily, and industrial real estate markets, Yowell said.
Other speakers are scheduled to comment on some of Edmond's
demographics and trends.
David Goin, superintendent of the Edmond Public School district,
will provide a profile of the Edmond school system. In addition to
his comments, published information about the University of Central
Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian University, and Francis Tuttle
Technology Center will be made available.
Other speakers are scheduled to comment on Edmond's work force,
business and technology growth, downtown development, and the Edmond
Area Chamber of Commerce legislative agenda.
Yowell said the cost to attend the event is $20, which includes a
copy of the 2003 Economic Preview book that contains the
presentations and data provided by the guest speakers.
Those wishing to attend may register for the event online at
www.eeda.com or by telephone by calling 340-0116.
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