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Mark Emkes to speak at Knoxville Economics Forum

State and national fiscal policies will be the topic when Mark Emkes, Tennessee’s chief operating officer, speaks at the Knoxville Economics Forum meeting next week

Emkes, state commissioner of finance and administration, is expected to talk about the state fiscal situation and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The forum meets Feb. 7 at 7:30 a.m. at Club LeConte on the top floor of the First Tennessee Building, 800 S. Gay St..

Emkes oversees all of state government’s budgeting and finance operations. He previously spent 33 years with the Bridgestone Firestone Corp., retiring as chairman and CEO of Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc.

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Are tax increases in our future?

The Knoxville Economics Forum will step into the middle of one of the most divisive issues of the presidential campaign at its April 20 meeting – tax increases.

Jane G. Gravelle, a specialist in the economics of taxation, is the keynote speaker. Her topic: “The Long Term Fiscal Outlook: Are Tax Increases in Our Future?”

Cutting taxes, especially corporate tax rates, are a central theme of the Republican candidates campaign, while President Barack Obama and the Democrats want to raise taxes on millionaires.

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Corker pitches tax reform at Knoxville Economics Forum

For the most part, Sen. Bob Corker stuck to Republican talking points when he spoke today to the Knoxville Economics Forum.

The first-term Tennessee Republican said the fiscal crisis the nation faces requires tax reform, entitlement spending cuts and otherwise slashing the size of federal government.

And he made standard Republican cracks about health care reform, Dodd-Frank and the Environmental Protection Agency.

However, he made some in the mostly friendly audience squirm when he suggested a few tax reform specifics.

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Knoxville Economics Forum scores national audience

Attendance at today’s Knoxville Economics Forum event — a speech by Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart — was smaller than the Forum’s first event last fall, but this time the group scored a national business audience.

featured-img-2.jpgReporters from Bloomberg, Dow Jones and other national outlets filed reports on Lockhart’s speech at Club Le Conte.

The national exposure is a coup for the Forum and should help the group schedule other prominent speakers. Members of Tennessee’s congressional delegation and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke are among those on the Forum’s wish list.

Lockhart, by the way, presented a relatively optimistic take on the economy, although he described the recovery as fragile.

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Deadline nears for Knoxville Economics Forum spring event

Registration for the Knoxville Economics Forum’s spring event featuring Dennis Lockhart, president of the Atlanta Federal Reserve and a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, will be closed on Monday, the forum announced.

The event will be held Friday, April 8, at Club LeConte in the First Tennessee Building, 800 S. Gay St. The breakfast meeting starts at 7:30 a.m. Lockhart is scheduled to speak at 8 a.m.

Tickets are $20, payable at the door.

Click here to reserve a seat.

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Fed’s Lockhart says don’t worry about inflation

featured-img-2.jpgShould be interesting when Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart hits town next week for a speech to the Knoxville Economics Forum.

The dreaded “I” word — inflation — is turning up in more headlines these days, but in remarks reported Monday, Lockhart said he sees no reason to be concerned about runaway inflation.

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Atlanta Fed’s Dennis Lockhart at Knoxville Economics Forum

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.

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Controversial speech perfect start for new Forum

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.

King caught some of those in the Forum’s audience off guard by pushing a political agenda. Clearly, anyone who says voters need to eliminate the “fundamentally socialist” attitude that controls Congress, is being politicial.

At first, I was put off by the tone of King’s remarks. But as I thought about his talk over the weekend it occurred to me that his speech was perfect for the Forum’s first event.

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Kelly King: Economy needs a new Congress

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.

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Nonpartisan Knoxville Economics Forum debuts Oct. 15

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.

Read more about the new nonpartisan Knoxville Economics Forum here.