Association for University
Business and Economic Research

A National Association of
Regional Economic Research Centers

Past Conferences

AUBER Fall Conference 2020

Thanks for joining us online for our 73rd Annual Fall Conference! The conference featured two great keynote speakers – Abigail Wozniak, Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’ Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute, and David Altig, Executive Vice President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta – and several panel discussions focusing on Covid-19 and the economic impacts on our economy.

The first panel discussion featured Michael Hicks, Director at Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research; Fred Treyz, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Economist at REMI; and Stephen Miller, Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The second panel centered on federal statistics and Covid-19 and featured Andrew Hait, Economist at the U.S. Census Bureau, and Michael Dalton, Research Economist at the Bureau of Labor Statics.

Also included in the conference were an AUBER business meeting and a publications awards ceremony.

View the presentations from the 2020 Fall Online Conference here.

AUBER Fall Conference 2019

Regional Analysis in the Age of Populism
In an age of populism where discourse has stirred up anger and distrust, skepticism about the opinions of experts is on the rise. The days of getting out on balconies and making expert pronouncements are over. As information providers, we must constantly prove that our research is relevant. AUBER centers are well positioned to overcome skepticism by communicating data in ways that are understandable and getting important research findings into the hands of policymakers.

The 72nd Annual Fall Conference was held in Savannah, Georgia, from October 12-15, 2019 and hosted by the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research at Georgia Southern University.

View the 2019 Fall Conference program here.

2019 Keynote Speakers and Sessions

The 2019 Fall Conference featured keynote speakers David E. Altig, Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Jed Kolko, Chief Economist, Indeed; John J. Neely, III, Vice President, Law and Public Affairs, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation; and Mark Partridge, Swank Chair of Rural-Urban Policy, Ohio State University.


AUBER Fall Conference 2018

Mountains of Data: Exploring the Next Generation of Regional Research
In a world where we are creating almost 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day, Big Data, real-time data, and data analytics influence everything from consumer trends to enterprise operations. And, as economists and researchers, we often find ourselves sorting through and analyzing mountains of data to help inform community members, business leaders, and policymakers. The 2018 conference discussed all of these topics and more. It was held from October 13–16, 2018, and was hosted by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah.

View the 2018 AUBER Fall Conference program here.

2018 Keynote Speakers and Sessions

The 2018 Fall Conference featured great keynote speakers like Google’s Qing Wu, the Urban Institute’s Jonathan Schwabish, Wells Fargo’s John Silvia, Chapman University’s Joel Kotkin, and Annetta Wilson, the president of Annetta Wilson Training and Success Coaching . The conference also included a variety of sessions highlighting cutting-edge research.

Joel Kotkin

Urban Futures, Chapman University

Jonathan Schwabish

Urban Institute & PolicyViz

John Silvia

Wells Fargo

Qing Wu


The conference’s opening reception will be held in the newly renovated mansion of copper mining magnate Enos Wall (pictured above) where the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute is located.

Pre-Conference Workshop on Data Visualization

A full day pre-conference workshop featuring world-renowned data visualization expert Jonathan Schwabish, senior fellow at the  Urban Institute and founder of PolicyViz,  examined how to better communicate economic research.

Opening Reception at the Thomas S. Monson Center

The opening reception was held at the newly renovated mansion of copper mining magnate Enos Wall where the Kem C. Gardner Institute is located.

Field Trip to Historic Park City and the High West Distillery

As always, the AUBER conference included a field trip. This year’s field trip was to historic Park City and the High West Distillery, which is located high in the Wasatch-Uinta Mountains.

On Monday afternoon, conference goers were chartered to the mountain resort town of Park City where they had the option to take a walking tour of the city or enjoy shopping on Main Street. The group then made their way outside of town to the Blue Sky Ranch where they got a taste of the Old West and some of Utah’s finest whiskey and food at the High West Distillery. The distillery offered sweeping views of the Wasatch-Uinta Mountains and included a distillery tour, a whiskey tasting, and a delicious dinner at sunset.

We would like to thank our 2018 Fall Conference Sponsors: