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Metro Economy Outlook to feature John Manzella as keynote

Nov 16, 2023 12:07PM ● By WNC Business

ASHEVILLE – World-recognized speaker, author and international columnist John Manzella will keynote the Metro Economy Outlook on Wednesday, December 13 at the Omni Grove Park Inn. This annual event, now in its 24th year, is hosted by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County.

Manzella’s presentation will analyze macro-economic trends and the direction of globalization. He will explore risks, examine trading relationships, and review critical issues involving labor, skills, automation, and immigration. Additionally, he will offer survival strategies and provide insight on what is ahead. 

“Adaptability and flexibility are necessities for businesses and communities in our fluctuating economy,” said Sabrina Rockoff, EDC Board Chair. “As markets and industries evolve, we have opportunities to redefine and innovate. We look forward to hearing John Manzella’s perspective and viewpoint.”

Manzella brings a wealth of expertise and insights to the Metro Economy Outlook. He has authored several books and is a nationally syndicated columnist on global business, trade policy, labor, and the latest economic trends. He is chair of the Upstate New York District Export Council, a position appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce. His views have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg, NPR, Newsday, and many other publications across the globe. He is also the founder of, a valuable resource for global business and economic analysis.

The luncheon is open to the public and will be held in the Heritage Ballroom at the Omni Grove Park Inn starting with networking at 11:00 AM, followed by the program from noon to 1:30 PM. Cost to attend is $70 for Asheville Chamber members, $85 for the public. Attendees will need to register in advance on the Chamber’s website:

The Metro Economy Outlook is presented by sponsors Bank of America, Explore Asheville, Mission Health, and Delta Dental of North Carolina and research is supported by Western Carolina University. Sponsors include Duke Energy, Ed Holmes and Associates Land Surveyors PA, Frank L. Blum Construction, Pratt & Whitney, Sitework Studios, DMJPS PLLC, ERC Broadband, McGuire Wood & Bissette Law Firm, Park National Bank, TD Bank, BP Solutions Group, and WNC Business.

About the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County:
The Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County is a public-private partnership committed to creating and retaining high quality jobs, community leadership, and being a resource for better business decisions. The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s staff executes the EDC mission through five core services: business retention and expansion, entrepreneurship, marketing and recruitment, workforce development, and Riverbird Research.  The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the AVL 5x5 Campaign. For more information, visit

About Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce:
For 125 years, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has been the catalyst for economic vitality in our community. Asheville Chamber initiatives have stimulated economic development, influenced public policy, and supported the growth of thousands of local and regional businesses. Today, the Asheville Chamber fosters collaboration among business and community leaders from Asheville and throughout the region, connects businesses to the resources they need to be successful, and takes a reasoned and thoughtful approach to advocating for business and community issues. Together with its members and partners, the Asheville Chamber nurtures a healthy business environment to create a better quality of life and future for the people who call our region home. Learn more at

Source: Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce