RECOVERED, SHOCKED AND CHALLENGED: Regional and National Economic Forecast On National Economists Day


Barran Liebman LLP

601 SW 2nd Avenue Suite 2300

Portland, Oregon 97204

Date & Time

Wednesday April 3, 2015

7:30am - 10am PST


In 2014 employment finally surpassed its 2008 peak and after a weak start output growth seems to have moved to a higher plane after years of disappointments. The Fed finished tapering in October amidst unexpected declines in rates. Oil prices collapsed due to weak global demand and increasing domestic production. Once again hopes are high for 2015 with stronger balance sheets, higher employment and hints of rising wage pressures. The decline in energy prices is a transfer to consumers from producers who are increasingly domestic and an anchor for the price pressures. We are approaching the next stage of monetary policy when the Fed will increase short term rates.

We are pleased to invite you to the April 1st, 2015 CHO Group session featuring former Chief Economist at US Bank, John Mitchell, in a presentation and discussion on the national and regional outlooks as well as risks and longer term questions of interest to all business leaders. The impact of global, national, and regional economic factors must be assessed by all areas of our organizations so feel free to bring your CEO, CFO or other leadership team colleagues.

John W. Mitchell- Biography

Principal, M & H Economic Consultants

John Mitchell received his B.A. degree from Williams College and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oregon. He is a fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  He was a professor of economics at Boise State University for 13 years, before joining U.S. Bancorp in July of 1983.  He was Chief Economist of U.S. Bancorp until July of 1998 and served as Economist Western Region for US Bank until July of 2007. He wrote US. Bancorp’s regional publications including the Update, The Business Barometer, Northwest Portrait, and US Territory and was a columnist for Oregon Business Magazine. He wrote Sterling Bank’s economic newsletter from 2007 to 2012 and continues to write for regional publications.  He currently speaks to conventions and business groups around the nation. He was a business analyst for KPTV in Portland. He has been making economic presentations on the nation and the region for more than 43 years.

John was a member of the Western Blue Chip Forecast Panel, the ABA’s Panel of Economists and is a Trustee of the Aquila Tax Free Trust of Oregon, a board member of Oregon Mutual Insurance Company and Northwest Bank.  John was Chairman of the Oregon Council of Economic Advisors from 1992 to 1998 and a member from 1984 to 1998. He was Chairman of Governor Kitzhaber’s Tax Review Technical Advisory Committee. 

John and his wife Carol divide their time between the Portland area and Coeur d’Alene.  He enjoys biking, railroading sea kayaking and his granddaughters. 


Please RSVP no later than March 26th, 2015 to Robert Colichio at

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