Economist to deliver forecast for Eastern Panhandle

By Mike Lewis

John Deskins

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia economic leaders will take part in next week’s Eastern Panhandle Economic Outlook Conference in Martinsburg.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn at 301 Foxcroft Ave.

John Deskins, director of the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research, will deliver an economic-performance report and forecast for the Eastern Panhandle region.

Deskins, who received a doctorate in economics from the University of Tennessee, is an associate professor of economics at West Virginia University. He leads the bureau’s efforts to serve the state by providing economic analysis and macroeconomic forecasting to business leaders and policy makers across West Virginia.

His academic research has focused on economic development, small-business economics, and government tax and expenditure policy, primarily at the state level.

Deskins has testified before the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and West Virginia Legislature, and has delivered more than 100 speeches to business, governmental and community groups.

He also has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than $1 million in funded research.

Next week’s event also will include an overview of the national economic forecast by the bureau’s Brian Lego, research assistant professor at WVU.

There also will be a presentation by a panel including members of the Berkeley County (W.Va.) Development Authority, Jefferson County (W.Va.) Development Authority and Eastern Panhandle Home Builders Association.

The registration fee is $30 in advance, and $45 after Monday or at the door.

For more information or to register, go to