The first week of the new year brings two annual events that look at economic issues for 2012 – the 10th Annual Economic Forecast Forum on Jan. 3 in Research Triangle Park and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Forecast session on Jan. 4

The forum, co-sponsored by the North Carolina Bankers Association (NCBA) and the North Carolina Chamber, will highlight energy-related issues in North Carolina. It will begin at 10 a.m. at the Sheraton Imperial hotel in RTP.

The Raleigh Chamber event is set to begin with a breakfast at 7 a.m. and presentations at 8 a.m. in the Fletcher Opera Theater in the Progress Energy Center.

The state organizations’ forum features Bill Johnson, president of Progress Energy, and Tom Skains, chairman and CEO of Piedmont Natural Gas.

Johnson, who is slated to be president and CEO of Duke Energy if its proposed merger with Progress gets all regulatory approvals, will discuss the role of energy in the state’s economy, the sponsors said. Skains will share his views on the specific role of natural gas in the country’s energy future, they said.

Two other speakers will be Robert Ingram, general partner of Hatteras Venture Partners and former vice chairman of GlaxoSmithKline, and Harry Davis, NCBA economist. The keynote speaker will be Kevin Kabat, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp.

The next morning In Raleigh, the Raleigh Chamber will feature John Silvia, chief economist of Wells Fargo, and Matthew Martin, senior vice president and Charlotte regional executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

They will share data about current conditions, future trends and general economic patterns, the Chamber said. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The Jan. 3 event sponsors expect more than 1,000 leaders from business, government, education and non-profits. Registration information can be found at For more information, contact Christy Santacana with the NC Bankers Association at or 1-800-662-7044.

Information about the Jan. 4 event is available at the Greater Raleigh Chamber’s website or by calling 919.664.7082.

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