The West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research will issue its 2007 state economic forecast during the West Virginia Economic Outlook Conference from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Charleston Embassy Suites.

George Hammond, a WVU professor and author of the West Virginia Economic Outlook 2007, will discuss the future of West Virginia jobs, income, population and the gross state product.

Hammond has directed the West Virginia Economic Outlook project for more than a decade. He has a Ph.D. in business economics from Indiana University.

In addition, David Wyss, chief economist at Standard&Poors and a well-known commentator on economic issues, will give the outlook for the U.S. economy.

Wyss, a former member of the Presidents Council of Economic Advisers, is responsible for Standard&Poors economic forecasts and publications and is currently a director of the National Association of Business Economics. Wyss has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

West Virginias business outlook will also be discussed by a panel of West Virginia business leaders from a variety of industry sectors.

Registration is $75 per person or $90 after Nov. 10. Students can attend for $30.

To register, contact Patricia McDade, 304-293-7831, or

For more information, contact Connie Banta, WVU College of Business and Economics, 304-293-7952, or visit