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URI web chat to discuss economic outlook for Rhode Island

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. - December 8, 2008 Ė Leonard Lardaro, University of Rhode Island economics professor, will discuss the economic outlook for Rhode Island and beyond during an online chat Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Lardaro has been conducting analyses and forecasts of Rhode Islandís economy since 1991, focusing on its labor and housing markets, demographic factors, and the income created by the stateís economy. Lardaro is interviewed frequently by national and regional news media about the Rhode Island economy.

He has presented these forecasts at a series of regional Revenue Estimation and Caseload conferences. In 1995, he formulated and began to publish the Current Conditions Index for Rhode Island, a monthly indicator of the present state of the economy. In 1999, he created and published the Jobless Improvement Index, a measure that gauges each state's unemployment rate "momentum." Lardaro has held many government committee and council positions such as the Market Information Committee for the Human Resource Investment Council. In May of 2008, he was selected by Gov. Donald Carcieri to serve on the Rhode Island Tax Policy Strategy Workgroup.

A service of the URI Division of University Advancementís electronic communications program, online chats are free and open to the public and are accessible through the URI website.

To enter the chat, go to http://advance.uri.edu/chats for instructions. Participants may submit questions in advance, but the chat will not begin until the scheduled date and time. Thirty minutes is the total time allotted for the chat. A full transcript will be posted to the Universityís website once the chat has been completed. Questions about web chats should be directed to the URI Publications Office at 401-874-2075.

URIís online Chats, which began in September 2004, have featured sessions with such alumni as Tom Mulligan, Los Angeles Times senior correspondent discussing the Iraq war, and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ross Kauffman talking about the making of Born into Brothels, as well as with URI administrators, faculty and coaches.

The chats are made possible through the cooperation of the URI Athletics Department and College Sports Online, hosts of the GoRhody.com website.