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Connaughton Predicts Sluggish Growth in 2015

Economic growth in North Carolina is expected to grow at a sluggish pace in 2015 with no significant growth expected for the remainder of 2014, UNC Charlotte economist John Connaughton recently reported in his quarterly forecast for the state.

According to Connaughton, N.C. Gross State Product (GSP) is expected to reach a level of $482,911.70 million in 2014, a real (inflation-adjusted) increase of 1.5 percent over the 2013 level. This growth forecast in 2014 would follow two years of modest GSP increase in North Carolina. For 2015, Connaughton expects the state economy to increase by an inflation-adjusted rate of 2.1 percent.

Connaughton presented his quarterly forecast to members of the Charlotte business community and the media at a luncheon held at UNC Charlotte Center City. The forecast is funded by Babson Capital Management LLC.

Multicultural Leadership Conference Set for Oct. 11

The University will host the 13th annual Multicultural Leadership Conference from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Student Union. Equality and diversity activist and actor R.J. Mitte will be the conference’s keynote speaker.

The Multicultural Leadership Conference (MLC) is a one-day event for student leaders to explore the intersection of multiculturalism and leadership. Dynamic speakers and engaging workshops will provide participants with strategies and tools for effective leadership on both a local and global level. There also is a workshop for advisors and professionals who work closely with collegiate student leaders.

"We are most excited to host our students and students from neighboring institutes for a day full of remarkable content,” said Nadia Campbell assistant director of the Center for Leadership Development. “Not only will students learn about their own leadership, but they will learn to view and evaluate leadership practices through a multicultural lens."