Dr. George W. Hammond, director of the West Virginia Economic Outlook Project, will discuss Wheelings outlook in terms of jobs, income, demographics and labor market developments during a breakfast brunch from 7:45 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center.

Hammond is a research associate professor at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research in the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics.

During the past 12 years, he has produced numerous forecasts for the state economy and its regional economies. He is often quoted in the states print and broadcast media and has provided briefings to the executive and legislative branches of state government.

Hammond also teaches in the WVU Executive MBA program. He earned a B.A. degree from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in business economics from Indiana University.

The conference is sponsored by WVU s Bureau of Business and Economic Research in the College of Business and Economics, the McKinley Investment Group, the Regional Economic Development Partnership and the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce. The event is open to the public.

Cost is $10payable by check onlyand registration in advance is required. For more information and to register call 304-230-2400.