The Knoxville Economics Forum has landed a banking heavyweight for its spring event — Dennis Lockhart, president of the Atlanta Federal Reserve and a member of the Federal Open Market Committee.
The forum’s spring event is set for 7:30 a.m. on April 8 at Club LeConte in the First Tennessee Building, 800 South Gay St. Reservations are required. The cost is $20.
The nonpartisan Knoxville Economics Forum was created last year as an outreach of the Department of Economics at the University of Tennessee to provide “a platform for the serious discussion of economic policy matters as they relate to East Tennessee,” the group says on its website.
Kelly King got the Knoxville Economics Forum off to a rousing start on Friday, even if some of his assertions were a bit of a stretch. The loquacious chairman of BB&T Corp. brought the right mix of commentary, controversy and insight to the first of what I hope will be a long series of talks by distinguished speakers.
Come spring the economy will be much improved, but only if next month’s midterm elections produce a change in Congress, BB&T Corp. Chairman and CEO Kelly King said today.
Speaking at the inaugural Knoxville Economics Forum breakfast, King said he doesn’t care if voters choose Republicans or Democrats but the “fundamentally socialist” attitude that now controls Congress must be changed.
A panel of economists debating policy isn’t the sort of thing that’s going to fill Neyland Stadium with thousands of rabid fans.
But understanding what drives the economy and the policies that influence its direction is important, and Knoxville now has a home for serious economic discussions.
The freshly minted Knoxville Economics Forum will make its public debut 7:30 a.m. Oct. 15 at Club LeConte with a speech by Kelly King, chairman and CEO of BB&T Corp. and a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.