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Published Jan 22, 2014 at 12:01AM

Economic forecast set

Economist Bill Watkins of California Lutheran University is scheduled to present the 2014 Central Oregon economic forecast next week in Bend.

Watkins, executive director of the university’s Center for Economic Research and Forecasting, has been making annual economic forecasts for the region since 2009. This year’s conference is scheduled from 7 to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 30 at The Riverhouse Convention Center.

Other speakers scheduled are: Joel Kotkin, an author and professor of urban development at Chapman University in California; Becky Johnson, vice president of Oregon State University-Cascades Campus, who is expected to speak about the future of the local university; and Patrick O’Keefe, partner and account manager for Cascade Insurance Center, who plans to discuss health care and the impact of The Affordable Care Act on business owners.

— From staff reports