Local Economics

February 12, 2016

eco forumEach 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  eco forumattendees 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.

eco forum (2)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.”

Merrill BuildingThe 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.

Presented by:

Jacksonville State University 

Sponsored by:

Program Sponsor

B.R. Williams

Gold Sponsors

Alabama Power


Webb Concrete & Building Materials

AOD Federal Credit Union

Civilian Marksmanship Program

NobleBank & Trust

Silver Sponsors

Cheaha Bank

Regional Medical Center

Anniston Star

Regions Bank

Stringfellow Memorial Hospital

Sunny King Automotive

Anniston Water Works & Sewer Board



F&M Bank

Southern States Bank

Small Town Bank

Huron Valley


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