Experts to discuss Michigan’s economy at panel event

January 11, 2018 GMT

Detroit — A group of experts will address the current state of Michigan’s economy and the importance of becoming an autonomous vehicle epicenter during an event Thursday sponsored by the Detroit Economic Club.

The Michigan Economic Outlook meeting at MotorCity Casino Hotel will include a panel discussion with Jeff Mason, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, interim associate director and senior economist at the University of Michigan Energy Institute.

The Detroit Economic Club says it will also unveil results from the sixth annual Michigan Economic Outlook Survey during the event.

The findings come as economists told lawmakers Thursday that Michigan’s economic recovery has slowed but is expected to continue through 2020.

Michigan added roughly 44,000 jobs in 2017, which was the lowest annual rate since the start of the recovery that began in late 2009, according to Gabe Ehrlich, director of the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics at the University of Michigan.

Detroit News columnist and associate business editor Daniel Howes will moderate the economic club’s discussion on Thursday.

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