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USM Muskie School Professor To Unveil 2012 Maine Economic Forecast

“Breakfast with Charlie,” otherwise known as USM Muskie School Professor Charles Colgan’s economic forecast for 2012, is scheduled for 7 a.m., this Tuesday, January 10, in USM’s Hannaford Lecture Hall, Bedford Street, Portland.    

The public is invited to attend this free presentation, but must reserve a seat by visiting USM Corporate Partners, or calling 780-4714.  Doors open at 7 a.m., with the presentation scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m.

“Breakfast with Charlie” is sponsored by the USM Corporate Partners, a group of some 100 businesses formed to support partnerships with USM.  Colgan’s economic predictions for 2012 will be based on his analysis of employment trends, income, retail sales, and a range of other indicators.  Colgan is a professor of public policy and management and chair of the Community Planning and Development program in USM’s Muskie School of Public Service. He serves as a research fellow at the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics and chief economist for the National Ocean Economics Program.  Colgan formerly served as state economist and chair of the Maine Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission, which prepares an economic outlook report for state budget preparation.

How did Colgan do in 2011? Listen to last year's forecast “The Great Recession and the Not-So-Great Recovery,” and see if he got it right.