22nd Annual Economic Forecast

Category: GSI Events
November 20, 2019
7:30 AM -
9:30 AM



Presented by GSI and the Journal of Business, this year’s 22nd Annual Economic Forecast includes Dr. Grant Forsyth of Avista Corporation, John Mitchell of M&H Economic Consultants, and Dr. Vange Ocasio Hochheimer of Whitworth University, who will delve into “Going for Twelve-Inverted and Shocked” This year’s theme explores the various aspects of our regional and national economy, including regional education. 

Dr. John Mitchell

Principal, M&H Economic Consultants

Dr. John Mitchell received a BA degree from Williams College and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Oregon. He is a fellow of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Oregon and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Mitchell was a professor of economics at Boise State University for 13 years, and served as a Chief Economist and Western Region Economist for U.S. Bancorp for 25 years.

John and his wife, Carol live in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  He enjoys biking, railroading, sea kayaking and his granddaughters.

Dr. Grant D. Forsyth

Chief Economist

Avista Corporation

Dr. Grant Forsyth is the Chief Economist of Avista Corp. Before coming to Avista in 2012, he was a professor of Economics at Eastern Washington University from 1999-2012. He received his BA degree in Economics from Central Washington University (1988), his MBA in Finance from the University of Oregon (1990), and his PhD in Economics from Washington State University (1996). He also served on the Washington Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, The Citizen Commission for the Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences, and the Spokane Mayor’s Economic Advisory Roundtable.

Dr. Vange Ocasio Hochheimer

Associate Professor of Economics

Whitworth University

Dr. Ocasio joined the faculty at Whitworth University’s School of Business in 2011. She received her B.A. from Binghamton University in New York and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Colorado State University. Her training includes specializations in International Trade and Finance and Economic Development. Her main research focus is in the areas of economic development and rural finance.

Dr. Ocasio currently serves on the State of Washington Department of Commerce’s Community Economic Revitalization Board, the Spokane YWCA Board of Directors, the Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington Board of Directors, and the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs.

She has two young children, Noah and Luca and two dogs, Marvin and Milo.  She enjoys running, hiking, camping and skiing.  She is a devout Seattle Mariners and Whitworth Pirates fan!



Steve Scranton

Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer & Economist

Washington Trust Bank

Steve is the Chief Investment Officer & Economist for Washington Trust Bank and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation with over 35 years of investment and economic experience.

As Washington Trust Bank’s Chief Investment Officer, Steve is responsible for management of the Portfolio Management Group and actively participates on committees within the bank to help design strategies and policies related to investments.

Steve serves as the economist for Washington Trust Bank and participates in public speaking engagements, as well as authoring multiple communications, to keep clients and the public informed of economic and investment market conditions. Throughout the Pacific Northwest, Steve is a well-known speaker on the economic conditions and the world financial markets.

Please contact Lisa Bridston at to register with a student discount of $20 per student.  Our final guarantee is due three days prior to the event.  Refunds will only be given for cancellations received three or more business days prior to the event.  Thank you!

If you need assistance with your registeration, please contact Lisa Bridston at 509.321.3614 or


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