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WATERFORD, Mich.  – Feb. 12, 2013 – University of Michigan economists Dr. George Fulton and Donald Grimes will be giving a three-year snapshot of the regional employment forecast at a luncheon on Feb. 21 at the Lapeer Country Club.

The event, sponsored by the seven-county Economic Growth Alliance, begins at noon on Feb. 21 at the country club located at 3786 Hunt Road in Lapeer. The cost is $15 and is open to the public. Those interested in attending should RSVP by Friday (Feb. 15) at or call (810) 667-0080 to register. There is no registration at the door.

The employment forecast – set for years 2013-2015 – is the third given by Fulton and Grimes for the EGA. It gives local businesses, educators and government leaders a sense as to where the regional economy is heading and job prospects for the future.

“Fulton and Grimes have been providing valuable economic information for more than 25 years that has helped us shape the economic direction for Oakland County,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “I encourage local leaders and the business community to take advantage of this customized forecast that was prepared specifically for the Economic Growth Alliance.”

The EGA, which is comprised of Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Shiawassee and St. Clair counties, was formed in 2009 under Patterson’s leadership in recognition of the region’s influence as an economic unit of interrelated counties whose impact is greater than its individual parts. The alliance represents 3 million residents and more than 73,000 businesses.

Fulton and Grimes represent the U-M Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy.