Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | April 9, 2012

Webster Bank Economic Advisor to Keynote 2012 Economic Outlook Luncheon

Research, education, workforce development, innovation and economic growth are  intertwined. To remain competitive on the global stage, Rhode Island must ensure that each remains vigorous and healthy.

Join Dr. Nicholas Perna, Economic Advisor for Webster Bank as he talks about the major trends and forces that will shape the short and long term economic prospects for Rhode Island at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon on Thursday, May 3rd. The event will take place at noon at the Rhode Island Convention Center (Hall D) in conjunction with RIBX 2012.

From capitalizing on new innovations to boosting productivity and creating jobs, Dr. Perna is expected to deliver positive economic news that will gather momentum and provide hope for a better 2012 in his keynote remarks.

A magna cum laude graduate of Boston College, Dr. Perna holds a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. He was an economist with General Electric, the Federal Reserve and the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. He was Chief Economist for Fleet Financial Group.

Dr. Perna has been on the faculties of Williams College and NYU’s Stern School of Business. He currently teaches a course on the U.S. banking system at Yale. In 2002, he assumed his current position as Economic Advisor to Webster Financial Corporation.

Webster Bank is the Economic Outlook Luncheon Presenting Sponsor.

Tickets for the event are $60 per person or $750 to sponsor a table of 8. For reservations, call Debra Fisher at 401.521.5000 or visit

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