30th Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast

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CONTACT:    Rebecca Fortier

Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce

(863) 688-8551 x229





LAKELAND, FLORIDA (December 6, 2016) – From Brexit, to the election of Donald Trump, from the Italian Referendum, to the rise of a Thatcherite in France; the world is changing in massive ways. Add in activist central banks, large governments, and acrimonious politics – no wonder investors are nervous. Will relatively long-lived economic expansions stumble? Will the bull market in US stock continue? Are inflation and rising interest rates in the cards? Brian Wesbury promises to cut through the noise to provide a solid, actionable game plan for investors in the years ahead. Wesbury called the bull market in US stocks in 2009 – where will they go from here? Chief Economist Brian Wesbury of First Trust Advisors, L.P., a nationally recognized economist, will return as our guest speaker for the 30th Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Lakeland Center.

“I hope you’re as eager to hear from Mr. Wesbury as I am. In light of the election, people have questions and want to understand the impact it will have on our economy,” comments Ralph Allen, Chairman of Allen & Company.

Lakeland has experienced exponential growth, over the past 30 years. From 1987 through today, Lakeland’s population has increased by approximately 30,000 residents; our annual economic development has doubled and, Lakeland’s downtown has been restored and revitalized. To commemorate this historic partnership, we will be premiering a special video featuring local, regional and statewide influencers as we look to our past, and our present.

The host of influencers that have been assembled to speak to the growth of Lakeland, and Greater Polk County market will inspire and remind each of us what a gift we have in our community. Adam Putnam, Clayton Hollis, Dr. Anne Kerr, and Tony Delgado – to name a few. “This year is very special as we celebrate 30 years of bringing economic forecasts to the business community. We encourage your attendance to experience, first hand a short video highlighting some of our most talented and dynamic influencers that have made and are continuing to make a profound and positive difference reaching far beyond our city, and county,” says Mr. Allen.

Please register online at lakelandchamber.com where you will find all the details for the event.  Student tickets and tables are available by contacting Rebecca Fortier at the Lakeland Chamber. The early bird pricing ends December 31st.


About Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

Since 1932 Allen & Company of Florida has provided financial planning and wealth management services to the communities we serve.  Headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, with operations in Winter Haven and Viera, Allen & Company is Florida’s oldest investment firm.


About the Lakeland Chamber

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce represents 1,700 member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice; and, the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.