Economic experts and observers will gather this week at Kansas University to offer insights about the New Economy and help chart a course for the state's economic future.
Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine and an expert follower of the computer industry, will deliver the fourth annual Anderson Chandler lecture at 7:30 p.m. today at KU's Budig Hall.
His "Winners and Losers in the New Economy" presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The event if free and open to the public.
"He'll be telling us about which way business is going," said Alice Meyer, events coordinator for KU's School of Business.
"He's going to discuss where all this new technology is taking us."
Karlgaard has been Forbes' publisher since July 1998. A year earlier he co-founded Garage.com, which is considered the world's leading Web-based startup capital firm and includes investors such as Ben Rosen, chairman of Compaq.
On Friday business leaders, educators and public planners will gather for the Kansas Economic Policy Conference, sponsored by the KU's Kansas Policy Research Institute.
This year's conference, "Strategic Planning for a 21st Century Economy," will include presentations of forecasts for the state and national economies during 2001.
Other presentations scheduled:
"Clusters of Innovation," by Kyle Peterson, of ontheFrontier of Boston, who will discuss his company's approach for studying the Wichita area.
A keynote address by Alec Hansen, president of Economic Competitiveness Group in Sausalito, Calif., who will discuss strategic planning for Kansas.
Three "breakout" sessions also will be conducted to identify and address issues regarding the following topics: "The Kansas Skilled Work Force," "Capital, Taxation and Business Climate" and "Strategic Technologies."
Registration for the conference is available by phone at 864-4871 or on the Web at www.kuce.org/app/kepc.