Millsaps to hold economic forum

by Ross Reily

Published: September 15,2009

Tags: Ben Allen, economy, JACKSON, Millsaps College, Mississippi State University

JACKSON — The economy will be the focus of the Else School of Management Fall Forum 2009, scheduled Oct. 6 at 8 a.m. in the Leggett Special Events Center on the Millsaps College campus.
Ben Allen, president of Downtown Jackson Partners; Thomas J. Cunningham, vice president and associate director of research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; and John H. Turner, director of economic development for Entergy Mississippi, will discuss the topic “What Does Our Economic Future Hold?”
Allen was named president of Downtown Jackson Partners, the management and economic development agency for the 66-block Downtown Jackson Business Improvement District, in October 2007. He served 10 years as a Jackson City Council member, including a term as council president.
Allen is a graduate of Mississippi State University and a former captain in the United States Army. He has served on numerous boards, including the Downtown Jackson Rotary Club, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Central Mississippi Planning and Development District and the Mississippi Municipal League.
Cunningham, a native of Reedley, Calif., is responsible for the administrative duties of the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as well as oversight of the Atlanta Fed’s Economic Review. He serves on the bank’s Information Technology and Risk Management committees and is a member of the Federal Reserve System’s Information Security Group and Technology Services Council.
Cunningham earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from California State University, Fresno, and a master of philosophy and a doctorate of philosophy in economics from Columbia University. He has attended the executive development program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Western Economic Association, and the Southern Economic Association. He has published numerous professional articles.
Turner became the director of Entergy Mississippi Economic Development in 2002. He was previously Entergy’s manager of real estate in Mississippi. In 1981, he joined Entergy, working in the nuclear organization and serving as a design engineer at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station. In 1992, Turner initiated a project management program for the construction of large commercial grade facilities for Entergy’s nuclear sites. By 1998, his responsibilities expanded to include all portfolio and property management activities for Entergy’s commercial properties in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Turner earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State University. He serves as board member for several organizations, including the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association, the Center for Information Technology and Down Jackson Partners and is affiliated with numerous industry associations.
Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m., and the program will start at 8:45 a.m. Cost is $15 per person, which is payable at the door.
Reservations are suggested. For more information, phone 601-974-1250.

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