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    Economic Trends in the Construction Industry

    September 06, 2018
    8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
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    Foundation for the Carolinas - Sklut Room
    220 N. Tryon Street
    Charlotte, NC 28202

    Economic Leadership LLC are economic strategists that help clients anticipate and prepare for the future by developing economic and workforce strategies.

    Come join us to hear Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner of Economic Leadership LLC, speak about economic trends in the construction industry.

    Ted Abernathy is the Managing Partner of Economic Leadership LLC, a consultancy that is currently working in more than a dozen states to develop economic and workforce strategies. From 2008-2013, Ted was the Executive Director of the Southern Growth Policies Board. He also served as economic development policy advisor to the Southern Governors Association. Before coming to Southern Growth, Ted was a practicing economic developer for 28 years. From 2000-2008, he served as Executive Vice President and COO for the Research Triangle Regional Partnership.

    Ted’s current projects include developing economic and workforce strategies in more than a dozen states and regions across the country, evaluating cluster opportunities ranging from value added agriculture to advanced technologies, building dashboards using advanced data analytics, and producing the annual Home of Future Thinking conference.

    Ted speaks to groups across the country and internationally on many topics including the economy, the future of work, trendspotting the future and organizational leadership.

    Born in Dallas, NC, Ted received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; his Master’s from Johns Hopkins University, is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute and is an Eisenhower Fellow for global economics.

    Learn more about Economic Leadership LLC here.

    Catered breakfast will be provided to all attendees. Parking available at Hearst Tower deck.


    If you have any questions, please contact Michael Garvey at 704.519.9593 or

    Cancellation/Refund Policy
    Cancellations made 72-hours prior to the event will receive a refund. Due to our commitment with the meeting facility for food and beverage quantities, all other cancellations or no-shows will be invoiced for the full cost of the event.


    $55.00 Member Ticket - Charlotte Chapter
    $65.00 after 08:30 am September 5

    $55.00 Member Ticket - Other Chapter
    $65.00 after 08:30 am September 5

    $75.00 Non-member Ticket
    $85.00 after 08:30 am September 5

    Future Meetings

    2018 SMPS CLT Tacky Holiday Sweater Party

    December 19, 2018
    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Brewers at 4001 Yancey
    4001-A Yancey Road
    Charlotte, NC 28217

    Don we now our tacky sweaters! Join SMPS Charlotte in celebrating the most festive time of year at our annual holiday party!

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