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DABE August Luncheon- A 2013 Economic Update- Rich Wobbekind & Patty Silverstein



DABE August Luncheon featuring Rich Wobbekind and Patty Silverstein

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Doors Open at 11:30pm

Federal Reserve Bank Denver Branch Building

[masked]th Street Mall, between Curtis and Arapahoe Streets)

Downtown, Denver

Metered Street Parking is available ($1 an hour)

A Hot Buffet Lunch Will Be Served

RSVP Required (PayPal prepayment strongly encouraged) by 10am Monday, August 19, 2013

A 2013 Economic Update

Presented by

Patricia Silverstein,

President, Development Research Partners and

Richard Wobbekind

Executive Director, Business Research Division CU Leeds 

The U.S. economy continues to expand in 2013 but at a slower pace than 2012 due to the widespread effects of sequestration and tax increases. Despite this lingering uncertainty, the Metro Denver economy remains on a steady growth path. Indeed, Colorado is expected to be a top 10 performing economy in 2013 with broad based job growth and Metro Denver is expected to outperform the state and nation. Consistent expansion of the region’s strategic industry clusters, a falling unemployment rate, improving commercial real estate markets, a healthier consumer sector, and active residential real estate market will help Colorado and Metro Denver achieve full economic recovery in 2013 – meaning that all jobs lost during the recent recession will be regained – and begin its new growth path. This presentation focuses on the industry developments that are impacting the economy, including employment and unemployment trends, population growth, construction activity, and the real estate markets.

This unique event will allow DABE members and guests the opportunity to hear from two of the most respected economists in Colorado.  Rich will share his insights on the international, national and Colorado economies and Patty will focus on Metro Denver.  Due to security concerns, all attendees are required to RSVP and pay in advance and must have a government issued ID to pass through the security screening required to enter the recently remodeled Federal Reserve Bank.  For your convenience we have included links to PayPal below for active DABE members with dues paid through 2013 ($15), Non-members of DABE ($25) and Students ($15/$20).  Please note the actual amount you will pay is slightly higher to cover the transaction fees associated with PayPal.

Patricia Silverstein’s expertise is in economic research and economic development, including industry cluster studies and strategic economic development planning. She has extensive experience in preparing economic and fiscal impact analysis for community development purposes. In addition, she serves as the consulting chief economist for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. In these roles, she compiles, interprets, and forecasts economic and demographic data for the Denver metropolitan area and performs in-depth research on issues and proposed developments impacting the region.

Ms. Silverstein received a bachelor's degree in economics from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska and a master's degree in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Ms. Silverstein is active in a number of business and professional organizations, including chair of the manufacturing committee of the University of Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forum, member of the board of directors of the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), and member of the Governor's Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee, the Economic Development Council of Colorado, and the Denver Association of Business Economists.

Richard L. Wobbekind is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Associate Professor of Business Economics and Finance, and Executive Director of the Business Research Division at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He joined the faculty in the fall of 1985.  He assumed his current position as associate dean in July of 2000.

As Executive Director of the Business Research Division his responsibilities include developing an annual consensus forecast of the Colorado economy and performing various economic impact assessments of the Colorado economy. Wobbekind also produces the quarterly Leeds Business Confidence Index for Colorado and a quarterly new business formation and economic indicators report in conjunction with the Colorado Secretary of State. Rich also performs various strategic analyses and economic impact assessments of the Colorado economy.

He participates annually in the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank Regional Economic Roundtable, and is a contributor to the Western Blue Chip forecast newsletter and the National Association of Business Economists Economic Outlook and Policy Surveys.  Rich is a member of the Governor’s Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee and the Boulder Economic Council. Richard Wobbekind is a member and active participant in numerous professional organizations at the local, state and national levels. He is past President of the National Association for Business Economics.

Wobbekind teaches MBA students in macroeconomics, public policy, entrepreneurship and managerial economics. He has received four awards for teaching excellence from the students of the Leeds School. Wobbekind has lived in Colorado for more than 37 years and has spent much of his time studying the development of the Colorado and regional economies. He received a BA in economics from Bucknell University and an MA and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder

Federal Reserve Bank Denver Branch Building

[masked]th Street Mall, between Curtis and Arapahoe Streets)

Downtown, Denver


Metered Street Parking is available ($1 an hour)


Reservations Required.  We must receive your RSVP by 9 am on Monday, August 19, 2013.  It is very important that you reply by the deadline. 

If you cannot get Meet-Up to open at work or would rather e-mail your reply, please RSVP to [masked]


Please also be sure to go to PayPal to pay in advance once you RSVP.  The links below will direct you to the proper site.

Cost for Non-member:  $25

Non-Member $25

Cost for Members:  $15

Member $15

Cost for Student Non-member:  $20

Student Non-Member $20

Cost for Student Members:  $15

Student Member $15

A hot buffet lunch will be served


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DABE, P.O. Box 44308, Denver, Colorado 80201


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  • Dianne G.

    Love meetings at the Fed Denver office!

    August 9, 2013

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