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U.S. Chamber of Commerce vice president to speak at NMSU

Martin A. Regalia, vice president for economic and tax policy and chief economist of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will speak at New Mexico State University.



Martin A. Regalia, vice president for economic and tax policy and chief economist of the United States Chamber of Commerce (Courtesy photo)

will speak about the economy and what Americans need to do to stay competitive. "It's important for everyone to know what drives the economy. People who don't, do so at their own peril," he said.



Regalia is the latest speaker in the Garrey E. and Katherine T. Carruthers Speaker Series in Economic Development. He will speak from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Corbett Center Auditorium at NMSU.

"The economy today is very competitive. It's a world economy and it's always changing," said Regalia. "It's not like the old days where someone would go to work at a factory for 35 years and retire. It's unlikely students today will stay anywhere for 35 years. We need to teach students how to be flexible. They'll probably need to be re-educated two or three times during their career."

Prior to coming to the Chamber in April 1993, Regalia was the director of research for the Savings and Community Bankers of America. Previously, Regalia was executive vice president, policy development, and chief economist for the National Council of Community Bankers - one of SCBA's predecessor organizations.

He also served as a principal analyst in the Fiscal Analysis Division at the Congressional Budget Office, as an economist for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in both the Banking and Capital Markets Sections and as financial economist for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

The seminar series is hosted by the Garrey E. and Katherine T. Carruthers Chair in Economic Development. Business Dean Garrey E. Carruthers and his wife Katherine created the chair with a $500,000 gift. The state of New Mexico gave the chair $1 million in matching funds.

During the 2006-07 series, speakers are addressing students on issues related to "The Changing Face of Economic Development." The next presenter, Julie Dill, group executive - investor relations and chief communications officer for Duke Energy, is scheduled to speak March 29.
The presentations are free and open to the public.