Will the 2009 economy be another wild roller-coaster ride?
Hear what some industry leaders think when the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Largo Library Foundation present "Focus on 2009: A Tampa Bay Economic Forecast." It's at 3 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Largo Public Library Jenkins Community Wing, 120 Central Park Drive.
This is the third year the two organizations are hosting the program, which features a panel of business experts who share predictions on significant global, national and regional issues affecting the Tampa Bay economy.
Highlighting the presentations will be a keynote address, "The Effects on Sports in the Local Economy" by Bob Sullivan, president of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. Sullivan oversaw planning for this year's Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz., that generated more than $500-million for the state's economy. He will offer insight on what we can expect when the event comes to Tampa Bay in February.
To share economic predictions for 2009, this year's Focus panelists include: economics and finance, with Scott Brown, lead economist at Raymond James; tourism with Barry Pitegoff, vice president of research at Visit Florida; real estate with Michael Talmadge, executive vice president at Echelon Real Estate Services; and energy with Danny Roderick, vice president of nuclear projects and construction at Progress Energy.
The cost is $20 and seating is limited. To purchase tickets, call (727) 584-2321.
Dance is just starting at Arthur Murray
Lania Dowers has announced the opening of Arthur Murray Ballroom Dance Studio at 34930 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. The studio will offer classes in waltz, foxtrot, tango, salsa, swing, rumba and cha cha.
Case Fessler named VP of Fessler Agency
Case Fessler has been named vice president of the Fessler Agency Inc. in Clearwater. Fessler has been a licensed agent with the insurance company for 14 years.
Karen Scarfone was named secretary/treasurer at the Fessler Agency. Scarfone was previously finance and operations manager.
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