CU-COLORADO SPRINGS ADDS NATIONAL FOCUS TO ECONOMIC FORUM

Tom Zwirlein, Southern Colorado Economic Forum, 262-3494 Tom Hutton, University Relations, 262-3439

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. A national economic futurist will headline the Eighth Annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum Oct. 20.

The Southern Colorado Economic Forum is presented by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and its College of Business and Administration and will be from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Antlers Hilton Hotel, 4 South Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs.

Jeff Thredgold, president of Thredgold Economic Associates and economist for Vectra Bank will be the featured speaker during a noon luncheon that will precede four panel discussions. Topics for the discussions include utility rates, Colorado tax policies, transportation and a main forum offering predictions about the economic forecasts for southern Colorado.

Thredgold’s career includes 23 years with KeyCorp, one of the nation’s largest financial services companies, stretching from Maine to Alaska with assets of more than $87 billion, where he served as senior vice president and Chief Economist. He currently serves as economic consultant to $23 billion Zions Bancorporation, with banks in eight states, as well as to Zions Bank Capital Markets, one of the nation’s 25 primary government bond dealers.

Thredgold has appeared dozens of times on CNBC-TV, the nation’s business network, as well as numerous appearances on CNN, and is quoted frequently in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Investor’s Business Daily, and Business Week. He is a monthly contributor to the national publication Blue Chip Financial Forecasts and quarterly USA Today economic forecast surveys. He has writen a weekly economic and financial newsletter for 26 years. The current version, entitled the Tea Leaf, is distributed around the country. His book, Economy by Thredgold: A Common Sense Discussion of the Economy, Money, and Success in the 21st Century, was released in January 2001. His latest book, On the One Hand… (The Economist’s Joke Book) was released in June 2001. The company also produces quarterly economic reports and a monthly small business index for various clients.

He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Weber State University and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Utah. In addition, he completed bank investment schools at Southern Methodist University and the University of Illinois.

Tom Zwirlein, director, Southern Colorado Economic Forum, will moderate the main forum, highlighting what business leaders can expect for the coming year for the southern Colorado economy. For the past year, Zwirlein and Fred Crowley, senior economist, Southern Colorado Economic Forum, College of Business and Administration, have tracked various indicators and will make predictions about employment, retail, wholesale and construction trends. Crowley and Zwirlein will be joined on the panel by other experts including Mike Anderson, manager, Office of Budget and Financial Analysis, City of Colorado Springs; Mike Coffman, treasurer, State of Colorado; and Rocky Scott, president, Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation. The main forum is expected to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Other concurrent panel discussions include:

–.”The Changes Taking Place in Your Utility Bill and Why,” 1:45-3:15 p.m. Utility bills are increasing and Colorado Springs Utilities is about to begin construction of the Southern Delivery System. Why are rates increasing and what does the future hold?

— “Colorado Taxes, Constitutional Amendements and Public Policy,” 1:45-3:15 p.m. This panel will discuss a number of policy issues facing Colorado citizens. The debate on the confluence of TABOR, Amendment 23 and the Gallagher Amendment will be discussed.

— “Transportation in Colorado and Colorado Springs,” 1:45-3:15 p.m. Roads are congested. A panel will discuss reasons for the congestion and possible fixes.

Individual registrations for the full event (lunch, panel sessions and main forum) are $50. To attend the main forum and the panel sessions or to attend only the lunch, the cost is $30. Discounts are available for tables and group registration. For more information, contact Tom Zwirlein, 262-3494 or visit http://web.uccs.edu/scef/2004Forum.

Event sponsors include: First Business Brokers, Colorado Springs Utilities, Fittje Brothers Printing, the Housing and Building Association, La Plata Investments, Skotty Consulting, Vectra Bank, Biggs Kofford CPAs, Key Bank, Prudential Professional Realtors, TelWest Communications, Van Gilder Insurance, ADD Staff, Air Academy Federal Credit Union, Antler’s Hilton Hotel, Colorado Springs Credit Union, Drexel Heritage of Colorado Springs, Ent Federal Credit Union, Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, Morgan Stanley, The Gazette, The Mail Room, and the City of Colorado Springs.

CU-Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in northeast Colorado Springs, is the fastest growing university in Colorado and one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 25 bachelor’s degrees, 17 master’s and two doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls about 7,800 students annually.