2012 and Beyond: Is Uncertainty the New Normal?

KCMN October Meeting

The Outlook for the US Economy
Jon Willis, Assistant Vice President and Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Jon Willis will give a presentation on the state of the U.S. economy and discuss the economic outlook for 2012. In the presentation, he will discuss recent developments in labor markets and inflation with an emphasis on the manufacturing sector.

Jon joined the Economic Research Department in September 2000. A native of Iowa, Jon received a B.A. degree in economics from Grinnell College in 1993 and a Ph.D. degree in economics from Boston University in 2001. Jon conducts research on labor market dynamics over the business cycle and the relationship between the price-setting behavior of firms and inflation dynamics. In addition to working at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, he has served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Regional Economic Strengths and Weaknesses
Jeff Pinkerton, Senior Researcher, MARC

Jeff will present a local economic forecast and focus on Kansas City’s strengths and weaknesses as it competes in the global economy.

Jeff has served as the Senior Researcher for MARC for 10 years. He is responsible for researching the local economy and metropolitan development issues. At MARC, Jeff helps produce the Kansas City Area Economic Forecast and maintains the KCEconomy website as well as track regional demographic trends. Prior to joining MARC he worked for the Downtown Council and served as Chief Economist for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Jeff has a master’s degree in Urban Economics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Forecast Questions? Do you have a particular data point/area of interest you’d like out speakers to cover?  Submit your questions to Donna Gordon, or include them as part of your online signup process.

Meeting Details:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
7:30 – 9:00 AM

Hilton Garden Inn
520 Minnesota Avenue

Kansas City, Kansas

RSVP: Sign up no later than October 8 by clicking here or contact Donna Gordon

Due to our need to cover the event costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event. Cancellations of reservations paid by credit card will be assessed a $10 processing fee by the registration service, or contact us for event credit for a future event. You may register as a guest for up to 2 events before membership is required. For questions or comments, please contact Donna Gordon.


TGP InvestmentsTGP Investments, L.L.C. is a Kansas City-based private equity firm led by a strong investment team with extensive experience in middle-market private equity investing. The firm manages the fund TGP Capital Partners, which makes both control and minority equity investments in partnership with proven managers in manufacturing and business services companies with revenues generally between $15 million and $150 million.

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Our founding sponsors are Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center  and Missouri Enterprise. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers. We invite you to join with us to make KCMN the premier resource for manufacturers.