Phoenix Chamber, Cox Communications to unveil 2015 economic outlook

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and Cox Communications are to host the Economic Outlook 2016, featuring David Brancacio, host of American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report, one of three expert speakers.

PHX ChamberThe Valley’s economic forecast event is to provide attendees with the latest research and expert analysis on our financial climate from 7-10 a.m.  on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.

Mr. Brancaccio will join leading industry experts Jim Huntzinger and Elliott Pollack as keynote speakers and will provide valuable insights into the global, national and local economies to help business leaders and organizations navigate the changing economic landscape of 2016, according to a press release.

“The Chamber is proud to work with a strong community partner like Cox Communications to present the state of the economy from a local, national and international perspective to business leaders across the Valley,” stated Todd Sanders, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, in the release. “Since 1982, the Chamber has hosted this annual event as an opportunity to bring the community together to gain a greater understanding about what challenges and opportunities lie ahead to be better prepared for success heading into the year to come.”

As an award winning journalist, Mr. Brancaccio will share his experiences and insights about the state of the global economy, primarily focusing on sharing examples of how global actions impact our own economic activity. Throughout his 20+ year career, Mr. Brancaccio has investigated segments of the global economy including the European markets, international relations and innovative technologies, the release stated.

Financial markets expert Jim Huntzinger, executive vice president and chief investment officer of BOK Financial, will discuss the national economy and his impression of improving economic indicators. With more than 30 years of experience in the securities and investment industries, Mr. Huntzinger is uniquely qualified to discuss the market, its volatility and impact on our economy, according to the release.

Veteran Arizona economist Elliott Pollack will examine the commercial real estate forecast and other aspects of our state’s economy for a look at what the future could bring, stated the release. Mr. Pollack’s four decades of experience bring insight that you will find enlightening, engaging and essential to better understanding the forces shaping our economy.

According to the release, this year’s Economic Outlook will address the following questions and more:

  • What challenges and opportunities lie ahead as our economy continues to grow?
  • Will Arizona see continued improvements in job growth, consumer spending and economic development?
  • What sectors are driving U.S. economic growth?
  • As the U.S. economy gains momentum, is the global economy following suit?
  • What are the United States’ key trading partners doing to stimulate growth?
  • Do political and social instability continue to be the top global risks?
  • How are fiscal crises in key economies affecting the national and global economies?


Cox Communications will again showcase its mobile technologies with the Cox Media Mobile Survey, which invites attendees at Economic Outlook 2016 to weigh in on their predictions for the coming year and to share their sentiments via text message on local industry growth, national policy and local industry growth, the release stated.


Early bird pricing for Economic Outlook 2016 ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, and registration closes entirely at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26. Register online today at


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