The Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2004 Economic Forecast Presented by Wachovia Bank on Jan. 6 at the BTI Center downtown.

Mark Vitner, vice president and senior economist for Wachovia, and Ray Owen, vice president of the Federal Reserve in Richmond, will share information that won’t be found anywhere else, including a detailed analysis of state and local economic conditions, key real estate markets and submarkets, and a long-term outlook for the Triangle.

Vitner, who tracks U.S. and regional economic trends, will share data on the current state of the U.S. and regional economies, paying particular attention to those areas that have continued to struggle both nationally and locally.

In addition, Vitner will discuss the prospects for the Triangle’s key industries, including construction, pharmaceuticals, government, communications equipment, and biotech.

“Local businesses are directly affected by the economy, and the 2004 Economic Forecast is a must-attend event so you can gain knowledge about how the economy will react in the coming months,” says Greater Raleigh Chamber President Harvey Schmitt. “The knowledge gained from attending this event will help local businesses make informed decisions and maintain success.”

The 2004 Economic Forecast Presented by Wachovia is sponsored by Manpower, Research Triangle Regional Partnership, and RSM McGladrey.

The program will run from 8-9:30 AM. The cost is $35 for Raleigh Chamber members and their employees and $45 for non-members.

Raleigh Chamber: www.raleighchamber.org