2016 Economic Outlook Breakfast

Each year, the Fox Cities Regional Partnership conducts an annual Economic Outlook Survey the first week of January. We ask Fox Cities companies how last year went, and how they expect things to shake out in the upcoming year.

The 2016 survey included the participation of 202 local employers located throughout our service area in Calumet, Outagamie, and the northern portion of Winnebago counties. Companies were broken into groups: Manufacturing, Service, Trade (retail & wholesale), F.I.R.E (finance, insurance, real estate) and Other (construction, government, non-profit).

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2016 Keynote:  Anthony Chan, PhD
Chase Chief Economist

•  Gain insights into critical economic indicators and proven strategies for leveraging economic forecasts.

Anthony Chan joined J.P. Morgan in 1994 and currently serves as the Chief Economist for Chase. His responsibilities include economic analysis and research in support of Chase and the Private Bank’s Global Investment Committee. In addition, Mr. Chan travels both globally and domestically to meet with clients and to make presentations on economics and investments.

Mr. Chan is a member of several forecasting panels, including the Blue Chip Monthly Forecasting panel, the National Association of Business Economists Quarterly Macro Panel and the Reuters, Bloomberg and Dow Jones Weekly Economic Indicator panels. From 2001 to 2002, he served on the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Banker’s Association. One of the most important responsibilities of this ABA group was to brief Alan Greenspan and the rest of the board members in Washington, D.C., twice a year in an off-the-record session.

Mr. Chan received his B.B.A. in Finance & Investments from Baruch College in 1979 and his M.A. (1983) and Ph.D. (1986) in Economics from the University of Maryland. From 1985 to 1986, Mr. Chan was a Doctoral fellow at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. After completing his doctoral studies, he was a Professor of Economics at the University of Dayton (1986 to 1989). He was an Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1989 to 1991 and was a Senior Economist at Barclays de Zoete Wedd Government Securities from 1991 to 1994.

Mr. Chan has been quoted in many media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and Investor’s Daily. He appears several times per month on CNBC, and often is featured in other media outlets such as Fox Business News, CNN, Reuters and public televison’s Nightly Business Report.

Manny Vasquez
Vice President, Fox Cities Regional Partnership

•  Expand your view of our region’s economy through the Fox Cities Regional Partnership’s annual Economic Outlook Survey results.

Manny Vasquez joined the Fox Cities Regional Partnership (FCRP) – the economic development division of the Fox Cities Chamber – in May 2014 and currently oversees the organization’s strategy in cooperation with the board and investors. As vice president, Manny takes the leads on business attraction, retention and expansion projects; oversees public and investor relations, community services and collaborative initiatives; and is FCRP’s main point of contact. Most recently, Manny managed FCRP’s existing industry program, which is focused on identifying and addressing the needs, challenges and opportunities of the region’s primary employers.

Prior to joining FCRP, Manny held the position of regional director for U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, overseeing the Senator’s state operation across a thirteen-county area in Northeastern Wisconsin. Previously, he also worked in U.S. Senator Russ Feingold’s Washington D.C. and Madison offices, where he helped individuals and businesses navigate through the complex federal bureaucracy. Manny holds a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Manny is a member of the YMCA-Fox Cities’ Corporate Board of Directors, UW-Oshkosh’s Alumni Association Board, Leadership Fox Cities’ Steering Committee, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region and IEDC’s Young Professionals Advisory Committee. Manny lives in Little Chute with his wife and three small children. 

View/Download Full 2016 Economic Outlook Report

View/Download Full 2016 Economic Outlook Report

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