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IU's Business Outlook Panel migrates online to Zoom this year

IU's Business Outlook Panel migrates online to Zoom this year

IU's Business Outlook Panel migrates online to Zoom this year

Indiana University Northwest Dean of the School of Business and Economics Cynthia Roberts moderates IU's 2020 Economic Outlook at Teibel's in Schererville last November.

Every year, Indiana University professors with the Kelley School of Business team up to paint a picture of what the economy will look like in the coming year, both in various Hoosier backyards and around the world.

The Indiana Business Outlook Panel, which has included Indiana University Northwest Assistant Professor of Economics Micah Pollak in recent years, provides annual economic forecasts locally, statewide, nationally and globally to help Hoosiers and business leaders to make informed decisions.

The panelists look at financial markets, metro economies and the prospects for next year while touring around Indiana to offer their predictions. The Indiana Business Outlook Panel typically convenes at Teibel's Family Restaurant in Schererville, also making stops in Anderson, Bloomington, Columbus, Indianapolis, Jasper, Kokomo, New Albany, Richmond and South Bend.

But this year, it's moving to an online format because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"The Kelley School of Business has presented its national, state and local forecasts in various Indiana cities each year since 1972. This year, we will present our 2021 economic forecasts for the nation, financial markets, Indiana and communities across the state by means of a series of live presentations delivered online via Zoom," IU said in a news release. "All Business Outlook Virtual Tour presentations will be open to the public, but registration is required. Ten different regional events are scheduled in November 2020.  The Indiana Business Outlook Panel Tour is unique in the fact that at each event you will hear the perspectives of several of the state's leading economic thinkers."

The Northwest Indiana presentation that normally takes place in Schererville every fall will occur at 12 p.m. Nov. 13.

For more information or to register, visit

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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