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UCCS Economic Forum announces 2022 Annual Economic Presentation - 08/04/22

The UCCS Economic Forum is happy to announce their 26th annual, signature economic presentation, which will be in-person on September 1 at the Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS. The event will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., followed by a networking happy hour. 

The 2021-2022 Economic Report is also now available to the public on the Forum website. 

This year, there will be one economic presentation given by Dr. Tatiana Bailey, the Forum’s director. She will present on the national, state, and local economies with a special focus on the current economic uncertainties and workforce challenges and opportunities. Bailey is a leading expert on economics, policy, and urban economic development as well as the health care industry. She has directed the Forum since June 2014 and holds the position of Attendant Rank Professor in the College of Business. In 2016, Bailey was a “Woman of Influence” and in 2018 she was named “Business Leader of the Year.”

There will not be a second economic presentation this year because there will be an expert panel instead: “Workforce Development: The Linchpin to Sustainable Economic Development.” Panelists will include:

· Ron Fitch, President, Grandview Hospital and Pikes Peak Regional Hospital & VP of Operations and Military Affairs, UCHealth Southern Region

· Joe Garcia, Chancellor, Colorado Community College System

· Kimelyn L. Harris, Senior Vice President & ESG Program Director, Bank of America

· Katherine Keegan, MSSW, Director, Colorado Office of the Future of Work

· Dr. Tatiana Bailey, Director, UCCS Economic Forum

Mayor Suthers will give opening remarks about the City of Colorado Springs, and UCCS leadership and Bank of America will briefly welcome the crowd. UCCS Chancellor Venkat Reddy and UCCS College of Business Dean Karen Markel will also provide brief remarks. Kimberley Sherwood, Coach, Consultant and Facilitator of Kimberly Sherwood, will moderate the Workforce Development Panel discussion.

Following the presentations there will be an in-person happy hour networking event hosted in the Ent Center for the Arts foyer. By showing a registration ticket at the bar, one free drink will be provided courtesy of Community Banks of Colorado.

Registration is open for the UCCS Economic Forum. To reserve a ticket, please visit

With a vision for business partnership and local economic insights, the first event by the UCCS Economic Forum, formerly named the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, took place at The Broadmoor Hotel on September 10, 1997.

The Forum now holds dozens of presentations per year, produces monthly economic dashboards and acts as an economic development resource for the community at large. The Forum also produces a roughly forty-page economic report that has more comprehensive, annual data.



The UCCS Economic Forum is the leading source of unbiased and rigorous information for the Pikes Peak region. Data is continuously updated and actively utilized in the community to inform and drive economic development and business decisions. For more information, visit

The UCCS College of Business was established in 1965 and has more than 1,300 undergraduates and 350 MBA students. The College of Business and Administration awards the Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Innovation degrees. The Graduate School of Business Administration awards the Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Accounting and Executive Doctor of Business Administration degrees. More than 10,000 alumni of the College of Business live and work around the world. For more information, visit

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