February 12, 2016
Each year, Jacksonville State University’s Center for Economic Development updates the Chamber’s membership on the state of the economy for Calhoun County, the state, and the nation. Past presentations have included an open forum for questions, with distinguished attendees representing various sectors, providing insight into issues that will impact our business community in the coming year. The presentation for 2016 is set for Friday, March 11, from 8-9 A.M., hosted by Jacksonville State University’s College of Commerce and Business Administration & the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Merrill Hall, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville.
This year’s forum marks the 14th annual Economic Forum for the Chamber, which includes the results of a recent economic-outlook-prediction survey of the chamber membership, for the upcoming year.
According to our presenter, JSU’s Dr. Mark Hearn, “The economy in Calhoun County improved over the course of 2015. State, county, and municipal revenues from the area are either holding steady or increasing. Lodging taxes in the county are up. Home sales are up significantly. The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Membership Survey reports optimism with respect to the local economy improving this year. Unemployment declined over the course of the year. However, the State of Alabama economy is lagging behind the U.S. economy. In addition, the Calhoun County economy is lagging behind the economy of the State of Alabama.”
The Center for Economic Development at JSU concentrates on providing specialized assistance and expertise to area business and government. Examples of services provided include economic impact studies, marketing surveys, employee attitude assessment, training, and personnel and pay plan development.
At 7:30 A.M., there will be a continental breakfast served. The cost to attend this event is $15 for Chamber Members and $25 for non-members. Call the Chamber at 256-237-3536 to RSVP and join us on March 11.
Jacksonville State University
Webb Concrete & Building Materials
AOD Federal Credit Union
Civilian Marksmanship Program
NobleBank & Trust
Regional Medical Center
Stringfellow Memorial Hospital
Sunny King Automotive
Anniston Water Works & Sewer Board
Southern States Bank
Small Town Bank