While the national economy continues to grow, storm clouds are brewing. Past experience shows the business cycle can peak without warning, exposing states’ fiscal and economic vulnerabilities.
To prepare for an uncertain future, state policy makers must always sharpen their long-term economic development approach. Planning for opportunities and risks requires an honest evaluation of a state’s economy and fiscal health – both strengths and weaknesses.
Please join us in Sacramento, California for a luncheon presentation by REMI Vice President Billy Leung, REMI Economist Peter Evangelakis, Ph.D., and REMI Economic Associate Harry Walsh discussing long-range planning to weather future shortfalls and take advantage of untapped potential.
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Billy Leung is the Vice President of REMI, where he plays a leading role in U.S. and international consulting and support services. He has worked with government agencies and organizations throughout North America and the world, helping them achieve their planning and policy analysis goals.
Mr. Leung has assisted clients in addressing the impacts of both policy changes and unpredictable events such as natural disasters. He has evaluated the economic and policy impacts of terrorist attacks and other threats to public safety and public health. His research efforts include:
As part of REMI’s global services, Mr. Leung has worked with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Korea Energy Economics Institute. In addition to his international efforts, Mr. Leung has assisted state and regional agencies, including Southern California Association of Governments. He has supported their long-term transportation and environmental planning initiatives.
Mr. Leung joined REMI in 2002 and was promoted to vice president in 2009. Over the years, he has contributed to the development of the REMI model and performed economic impact studies. He has analyzed the economic impact of the biodiesel industry in New York State for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and researched the economic impact of widening New Mexico’s US 54 for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.
He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and received his M.A. in Regional Economics and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. His master’s thesis was on the research and development of incorporating transportation and land use with Input/Output economic modeling.
Peter Evangelakis, Ph.D. is an Economist at REMI. Since joining REMI in September 2017, he has assisted clients in planning and conducting economic analysis using the REMI model, contributed to the firm’s business development efforts, and prepared and presented in-person and online seminars on topics such as Amazon HQ 2.0 and innovation in transportation.
Prior to starting at REMI, Dr. Evangelakis taught undergraduate Intermediate Microeconomics as a lecturer at the University of Chicago. He is an experienced economic researcher and analyst; highlights of his work include measuring the effects of climate change on mortality and electricity usage and estimating air quality effects of the NOx Budget Program. Dr. Evangelakis has written papers analyzing the effects of Florida property tax reform and the non-pecuniary benefits of building a professional sports stadium. He also served as an intern at The Washington Economics Group, Inc., and The Human Services Coalition of Miami-Dade County.
Dr. Evangelakis holds Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Economics from University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics from Swarthmore College.
Harry Walsh is an Economic Associate at REMI, responsible for client support and business development. Since joining REMI in May 2017, Mr. Walsh has assisted with client support and software quality assurance. He has also contributed to REMI’s marketing efforts, including the development of the company’s new website.
Prior to REMI, he worked as an intern at the Massachusetts State House of Representatives, where he delivered daily briefings to a representative and researched a bond bill in debate. While at UMass Amherst, Mr. Walsh was an elected leader of the Undergraduate Economics Club, and served as editor-in-chief for the Massachusetts Undergraduate Journal of Economics.
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J Street, 13th and J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Thank you for your interest in REMI. Your registration is confirmed for our luncheon “Avoiding Risk: Economic Growth Strategies” on Friday, March 16th, 2018. I have included the agenda with the location details for reference.
The event will take place from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, McGinnis Room on 1230 J St., 13th and J St., Sacramento, CA 95814.
We will call a day or so before the event to confirm your attendance and to see if you have any questions. Please feel free to share the invitation with any other staff or colleagues who may be interested.
We look forward to seeing you in Sacramento!