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GO Topeka and the Greater Topeka Partnership are pleased to announce the lineup of speakers for the 2022 Economic Outlook Conference, with Dr. Joseph Gruber, of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, set to headline the event. Washburn University has generously agreed to serve as this year’s host.


The 2022 Economic Outlook Conference — designed to shed light on the current economy at the local, state and federal levels — will take place Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at Washburn University’s Memorial Union A/B. Speakers will include Paul Hughes, deputy secretary for business development at the Kansas Department of Commerce, who will discuss how the state’s economy is faring. Dr. Paul Byrne, an economist and Washburn School of Business professor of economics, will shed light on the local economy and explore the area’s business confidence index, which provides insight on future developments. Meanwhile, Dr. Gruber, executive vice president and director of research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will serve as keynote speaker, as he discusses the economy’s performance at the national level.


“GO Topeka is excited to bring together leading economic experts from across the region to talk about what to expect in our ever-evolving economy,” said Freddy Mawyin, GO Topeka’s senior economic advisor. “Building on the success our conference has seen in years past, we expect the 2022 event to be a big one and look forward to helping attendees connect the dots when it comes to the current economic climate.”


“Topeka and Shawnee County have enjoyed significant economic progress over the past decade,” said David Sollars, dean and professor of economics at the Washburn School of Business. “Washburn University looks forward to hosting an important conversation about what to expect in the coming years. The economy is constantly shifting. The Economic Outlook Conference will help attendees to understand better what factors are driving change, and what opportunities exist to propel Topeka and our region forward.”


Community members, business executives and local leaders are invited to attend the event. Tickets for the 2022 Economic Outlook Conference are available now at