Posted by Brad Radice on 2012-01-06

A look into the economic future for Birmingham in 2012 will be the topic of discussion Friday, January 13, at the Birmingham Business Journal Annual Forecast hosted by the Brock School of Business.

Samford economics professor, Sara Helms, is one of four panelists that will tell the Birmingham community what to expect this upcoming year. 

Also joining the discussion:

John Norris, Managing Director, Oakworth Capital Bank 

Ahmad Ijaz, Economist, Center for Business and Economic Research, University of Alabama 

Rick Davis, Senior VP, Economic Development, Birmingham Business Alliance 

The breakfast will be held at Brock Recital Hall from 7:15-9:00 a.m.  Contact Emily Lansdell to register at 205-443-5610 or 


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.