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January Dual Luncheon Event: Economic Update
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January Dual Luncheon Event: Economic Update is the location of this year's joint meeting with the Colorado CFA Society. We will have our annual Economic Update from Alison Felix, local Economist for the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. There will be a second optional segment immediately following at 1:45-2:30 p.m. from Randy Thelen, VP of Economic Development with the Denver Downtown Partnership (DDP).

When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
From noon to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Federal Reserve Bank Office
1020 16th Street
Denver, Colorado 
United States
Contact: Heather Auchtung/Kim Lott

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Session #1 Title:   Fed Economic Update

Description:  The speech will give an overview and outlook for the national and regional economy along with specific indicators for both Colorado and the U.S.

This presentation will give an overview for the national and regional economy, along with specific indicators for Colorado and the United States. Key economic indicators include: monetary policy, employment, housing, inflation, GDP, energy, agriculture and banking.


Alison Felix

Assistant Vice President and Denver Branch Executive

Alison Felix is assistant vice president and Denver Branch executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. She serves as the Bank’s regional economist in the states of Colorado, Wyoming and northern New Mexico. She also works closely with the Branch’s board of directors.

Prior to being named Denver Branch executive, Ms. Felix served as a senior economist in the Regional Affairs Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. She has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. She also holds an M.A. in economics from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in mathematics and economics from Kansas State University.

Session #2 Title:   Construction Update

Session #2 Title:   The Front Range Economy—what’s next??

Description:  Randy will update attendees on downtown Denver and the Front Range including growth & trends and upcoming development projects.


Randy Thelan

VP of Economic Development

Randy is responsible for guiding economic development and growing Denver’s thriving economic base including, attracting investment to the center city, business recruitment and retention, housing, retail and public policy initiatives. With a focus on recruiting and retaining employers; working with developers, financial entities and government representative in attracting and planning for new development; promoting the center city’s brand as an economic hub and home for innovation in the region; and directing efforts to attract housing development to Downtown while increasing the diversity of housing options.

Randy joins the Partnership from the Greater Omaha Chamber where he served as senior vice president of economic development. Beyond the Chamber, he is an experienced entrepreneur and economic developer with experience at the state, regional and local level. In addition to serving as president of Lakeshore Advantage, he has played key roles in several urban development projects in Downtown Detroit. He graduated from Binghamton University with a Master of Art in applied economics.

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