Held on December 9, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt Denver. The Business Research Division’s annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook, now in its 55th year, provides professionals across nearly every industry in the state with a forecast of Colorado’s economy by sector. Each December, the Center presents its forecast for the following year during its annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forum.

BRD Business Economic Forecast December 2020

Monday, December 9, 2019

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Grand Hyatt Denver
Colorado Ballroom
1750 Welton St,
Denver, CO 80202

Program overview:

12:30 p.m. Check-In (Required)
1:00 p.m. Colorado Economic Outlook for 2020: Richard Wobbekind and Kelly Brough
2:15 p.m. Keynote Panel: The Future of Energy in Colorado
3:00 p.m. Industry Discussion Sessions

  • Colorado Study of the Middle Class
  • Finance
  • Real Estate

4:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Presenters, Panelists and Industry Breakout Sessions

Economic forecast presenters:

  • Richard Wobbekind, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Kelly Brough, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Keynote panel (The Future of Energy in Colorado):

  • Moderator Sarah Sandberg, Sr. Director of Public Affairs & Investor Relations at DCP Midstream
  • Alice Jackson, President, Xcel Energy – Colorado
  • Will Toor, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office
  • Chris Wright, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Liberty Oilfield Services

Real Estate – Dynamic Sector Remains Robust panel:

  • Ann Sperling, Senior Director, Trammell Crow Company
  • Dorit Fischer, NAI Shames Makovsky
  • Jamie Roupp, Managing Director JLL
  • Katie Kruger, CEO Denver Metro Commercial Association of REALTORS®

Views on the Economy from the Capital Markets panel:

  • Moderator: Ron New, Worth Street, LLC
  • Gibson Smith, Smith Capital Investors
  • Lynn Paschen, Charles Schwab Investment Management
  • Gregg Bell, A3 Financial

Colorado Study of the Middle Class panel:

  • Moderator: Rich Wobbekind
  • Salman Ahmed, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Scott Wasserman, Bell Policy Center


Download Last Year's Business Economic Outlook Forum

The 54th annual Colorado Business Economic Forecast took place on Monday, December 10, 2018. Last year's event featured the 2019 forecast presented by Richard Wobbekind, Executive Director of the Business Research Division of the Leeds School of Business. 

Download the 2019 Outlook Book