The 19th Annual Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. will feature local & national leaders presenting on key economic issues facing the region. Join us for THE event of 2018! Connect with industry influencers and engage decision makers!

Cost to Attend:

All Day Attendees:
Member: $75.00 | Non-Member: $85.00 | Group Rate (8): $540.00

Lunch Only Attendees:
Member: $25.00 | Non-Member: $35.00 | Group Rate (8): $180.00

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Detailed Agenda Coming soon!

7:00a     Registration and Networking

7:30a     Keynote Breakfast
This year’s Keynote Breakfast will feature the Regional Economy, Hanford and PNNL Outlooks.

8:45a     Refreshment & Networking Break

9:00a     Outlook Session 1
Track 1: TBA
Track 2: TBA

10:00a   Refreshment & Networking Break

10:10a    Outlook Session 2
Track 1: TBA
Track 2: TBA

11:00a    Refreshment & Networking Break

11:10a    Outlook Session 3
Track 1: TBA
Track 2: TBA

12:00p   Keynote Luncheon

Strider L. Elass, Economist, First Trust Adivsors L.P.


Strider Elass is an Economist at First Trust Advisors L.P., a financial services firm based in Wheaton, Illinois. At First Trust, Mr. Elass is responsible for analyzing economic indicators, writing economic commentaries and producing pieces on the First Trust Economics Blog.

Mr. Elass is part of the First Trust economics team that Bloomberg has consecutively ranked as one of the top forecasters of the U.S. economy over the past several years. This First Trust economics team has also won Market Watch’s “Forecaster of the Month” Award several times over the past few years.

Out of a panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts, the First Trust economics team was awarded the “Crystal Ball Award” by Zillow® in partnership with Pulsenomics in 2012, 2013, and again most recently in 2014 for accurate home price predictions.

Mr. Elass was also instrumental in researching for the book It’s Not As Bad As You Think, published in 2009 by First Trust Chief Economist Brian Wesbury.
Beyond his research responsibilities, Mr. Elass speaks regularly at broker and retail events around the country and abroad.

Mr. Elass received a B.A. in Business and Economics from Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Illinois and is currently a candidate in the CFA Program.


We couldn’t create this event if it wasn’t for the generous support of our sponsors.  Thank you to Kadlec and RBC Wealth Management for your sponsorship!  Thank you for investing in the TRIDEC and in the Economic Outlook.