Association for University
Business and Economic Research

A national association of regional
economic research centers

Recent Conferences

2021 | Online

Thanks for joining us online for our 74th Annual Fall Conference, held Wednesday, October 13, 2021. The focus of this year’s conference was how the Covid-19 pandemic transformed our economy, how that affected some industries more severely than others, and how we can move forward.

Constance Hunter, chief economist at KPMG, was our keynote speaker. In addition, we presented a panel discussion focused on “Pressure Points in a Fast Recovering Economy” with panelists Christine Chmura, CEO and chief economist for Chmura Economics & Analytics; Fred Treyz, chief executive officer and chief economist at REMI; and Clare Losey, doctoral scholar and assistant researcher in the Texas Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.






Following the conference, all AUBER members participated in the annual business meeting. View presentations from the 2021 conference.

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2020 | Online

The Impacts of Covid-19 on Regional Economies

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 – along with several panel discussions focusing on Covid-19 and the  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 Statistics.








Also included in the conference were an AUBER business meeting and a publications awards ceremony. View presentations from the 2020 conference.

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2019 | Savannah, GA

Illuminated waterfront Historic District of Savannah at night




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 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.









The 72nd annual conference was held October 12-15, 2019 at the DeSoto Hotel in historic Savannah, Georgia. The conference was hosted by the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research at Georgia Southern University. Participants had the opportunity to tour either the Georgia Ports Authority or the Gulfstream Aerospace production facility during a field trip on Monday afternoon. View the 2019 conference program.

Georgia Southern University

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2018 | Salt Lake City, UT

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. 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 in Salt Lake City from October 13–16, 2018, and was hosted by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah.

View the 2018 conference program.

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


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 Policy Institute is located.

Field Trip to Historic Park City and the High West Distillery

As is customary, the AUBER conference included a field trip. This year’s trip was to historic Park City and the High West Distillery, 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 of taking a walking tour of the city or shopping on Main Street. The group then made their way to the Blue Sky Ranch where they enjoyed a taste of the Old West with 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, whiskey tasting, and a delicious dinner at sunset. Entertainment was provided by local Americana band, The Hollering Pines.

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