GBC Economic Outlook Conference – From Pandemic Economy to Presidential Election: Effects, Forecast & Future

  • October 27, 2020
    8:30 am - 10:00 am

Economic OutlookGet your tickets now for the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2020 Economic Outlook Conference!

Join us as we hear from top fiscal experts who will discuss the current economic status and trends of the state and national economy, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy, and how the pandemic has affected the 2020 Presidential Election.

Panelists include:

  • The Honorable Peter Franchot — Comptroller of Maryland

Comptroller Peter FranchotThe Honorable Peter Franchot has served as Maryland’s 33rd Comptroller since 2007. First elected to his current post in 2006, Comptroller Franchot has been re-elected three times; most recently in 2018.

As the state’s top fiscal office he oversees a 1,100-person state agency that is responsible for delivering respectful, responsive and results-oriented taxpayer service.

Prior to his election to statewide office, Comptroller Franchot served 20 years in the House of Delegates, representing the residents of Montgomery County. As a delegate, he served on the House Appropriations Committee and chaired its Transportation and Environment subcommittee. Throughout his legislative career, Comptroller Franchot was a strong advocate for education, health care, transportation and environmental protection initiatives.

Comptroller Franchot attended Amherst College and Northeastern School of Law. From 1968-1970, he served in the United States Army.

Comptroller Franchot will discuss Maryland’s fiscal and economic outlook.

  • Amanda E. Agati, CFA® — Senior Vice President / Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist, PNC Financial Services Group

Amanda AgatiAmanda Agati oversees all investment strategy-related activities for PNC’s Institutional Asset Management, Wealth Management and Hawthorn (ultra-high-net-worth) businesses. In addition, she leads the team that establishes overall strategic and tactical asset allocation guidance of client portfolios, manages the evolution of investment processes, provides thought leadership on key investment issues, and is the author of numerous publications.

Ms. Agati serves as a voting member of the Asset Management Group & Institutional Asset Management Investment Policy, Portfolio Construction and Investment Advisor Research committees. She also runs the Responsible Investing (RI)/Impact Investing efforts for the organization. Ms. Agati is a member of the Investment Committee for PNC’s pension fund and also serves on PNC’s Corporate Diversity Council.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance with a minor in economics from the Schreyer Honors College of the Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, she holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Philadelphia.

Ms. Agati will cover trends in the national economy.

  • Bernard Yaros — Assistant Director and Economist, Moody’s Analytics

Bernard YarosBernard Yaros is an Assistant Director and Economist at Moody’s Analytics focused primarily on federal fiscal policy. Mr. Yaros is responsible for maintaining the Moody’s Analytics forecast models for federal government fiscal conditions and providing real-time economic analysis on fiscal policy developments coming out of Capitol Hill. Additionally, he covers Virginia and Puerto Rico and develops economic forecasts for Switzerland. He regularly advises clients and policymakers of all levels on the Puerto Rico economic outlook after Hurricane Maria.

Mr. Yaros holds a Master of Science degree in international trade, finance and development from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political economy from Williams College.

Mr. Yaros will discuss COVID-19 economics and its impact on the 2020 Presidential Election.

There will be a question-and-answer session following the discussion.

Event details:

When: Tuesday, October 27, 8:30-10 a.m.

Where: Virtual Conference via Zoom

Cost: Members: $35 individuals, Non-members: $55 individuals

A 72-hour cancellation notice is required for refund. Contact Karen Parrish at

For event and sponsorship information, contact Lisa Byrd, Director of Events and Business Development, at

Please submit your questions to the panelists in advance on the registration page or to Lisa Byrd at


Signature Sponsors: Accenture, AT&T, BGE, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Comcast, Merritt Companies, Southwest Airlines, Whiting-Turner

Patron Sponsor: The Howard Hughes Corporation, Towson University

Media Sponsor: Baltimore Business Journal, The Daily Record