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Posted on 10/16/2020

The Edmond Economic Development Authority (EEDA) will host a series of virtual Market Forecast events, sponsored by First Fidelity Bank. These events will feature insights from economists on various indicators and trends.

Paul Hendershot and Bill Kitchens will kick off the series on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 9 a.m. Hendershot is the Director of Analytics for CoStar, overseeing the creation of compelling data and analysis to enhance the visibility and understanding of the North Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas markets. Kitchens is a Senior Market Analyst for CoStar, covering North Texas, Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas. Hendershot and Kitchens will offer a data-driven approach to provide insight into economic drivers, the current state of the Edmond real estate market and what to anticipate happening for the remainder of 2020 and beyond.

The next event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. with Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Vice President, Economist and Oklahoma City Branch Executive Chad Wilkerson. Wilkerson serves as the Bank’s lead officer and regional economist in Oklahoma and is responsible for briefing the Kansas City Fed’s president, who is a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, on economic trends in the state. Wilkerson will discuss national, statewide and Edmond area trends in several subject areas, including unemployment, consumer spending, oil and gas, and real estate markets, while examining the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on the economy.

On Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 8:30 a.m., Russell Evans, Ph.D., executive director of the Steven C. Agee Economic Research & Policy Institute, will close out the series with “State & Local Economic Outlook”, providing insight into U.S. economic conditions, challenges to U.S. economic activity and economic geography. Dr. Evans is also the director of the Center for Regional Economic Forecasting and Policy Analysis and an assistant professor of Economics at Oklahoma City University.

“Our Market Forecast events are all about providing the Edmond business community with useful and relevant information,” said Janet Yowell, EEDA executive director. “We are so pleased to welcome these expert economists to share their valuable insights.”

First Fidelity Bank has sponsored EEDA events for more than 10 years.

“First Fidelity Bank has been a proud supporter of the Edmond business community for many years, including more than a decade as the EEDA event sponsor,” said James Boggs, Edmond Market President for First Fidelity Bank. “Market Forecast and other EEDA events are valuable resources for anyone in Edmond and the surrounding areas.”

Cost is $10 per event or $25 for the series. Must register to attend. A link will be sent prior to the scheduled event date and time. If you are unable to attend the event at the scheduled time, a recording of the event will be made available for a set amount of time.

To register, visit www.eeda.com or call (405) 340-0116.