RALEIGH – The Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is kicking off its 2020 programming with a three-hour economic forecast covering several facets of North Carolina’s economy going into 2020.

Lightning round presentations will be delivered by leading experts in their respective fields, discussing industry trends and forecasts on economic development, commercial real estate, politics, hiring/talent and economy. Networking will follow the presentations.

Launch 2020 is slated for this Thursday, January 9, from 2-5 p.m. at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

Adrienne Cole, Raleigh Chamber’s president and CEO, says that the event aims to “take a deep dive into trends that are going to drive business this year and beyond.”

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Launch 2020 is a new and expanded iteration of Raleigh Chamber’s regular annual economic forecast, offering a fresh format with lightning talks.

Speakers span a range of industries. The lineup includes Economic Development Partnership of NC CEO Christopher Chung, Highwoods Properties, Inc. COO Brian Leary, Meredith College political science professor David McLennan, Advance Auto Parts EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer Natalie Rothman, and Wells Fargo Managing Director and Senior Economist Mark Vitner.

WRAL-TV anchor Debra Morgan will facilitate the series of presentations.

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“We are expecting more than 500 people to attend,” Cole added. “Many of them are top industry executives and community leaders, so high-level networking also is a key feature of this event. I am excited to see all that we will learn on Thursday.”

Attendees can follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #RCLaunch2020.

Note: Launch 2020 is just one of several upcoming economic forecast events coming up across North Carolina. We’ve compiled a roundup of events following that theme.