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EDITORIAL: A breakfast treat you shouldn't miss

| January 25, 2023 1:00 AM

As a matter of fact, the Coeur d’Alene Regional Chamber of Commerce doesn’t need a bit of help selling tickets to its Feb. 22 breakfast. But don’t wait to sign up, folks. He/she who snoozes, loses (money).

In addition to a nice meal at the Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn starting at 7 a.m. sharp, the crowd will be treated to the best economic forecast in the land.

For years, widely recognized economist Dr. John Mitchell has regaled Chamber members and other interested citizens with some of the most insightful — and entertaining — local, regional and national economic information imaginable.

A regular contributor to The Press and other media, Mitchell’s personal presentations always put listeners in the driver’s seat of data that can help them run their business and their lives.

This year, the Chamber has arranged the confluence of two powerful forecasting rivers. Joining Mitchell as a presenter will be Idaho Labor Department economist Sam Wolkenhauer, the sharpest young analyst around.

Now, to the average mortal, “economic forecasts” and “sleeping pills” usually occupy the same lumpy bed. But the John & Sam Show will wake you up in a hurry and keep your brain going long after the 2-hour session has ended.

The knowledge gleaned will at the very least help attendees better understand the complexities of modern economics, particularly as they apply locally. And at best, that knowledge will help listeners navigate the thorny path ahead with a better map than most folks possess.

What the Feb. 22 audience should really appreciate is the sharing of the economic data/forecast baton between two distinct generations. Mitchell has been in the biz for more than a half century, while the youthful Wolkenhauer looks like he just stepped out of a college classroom. Together they might just upstage Batman and Robin. Certainly, these closet philosophers will be every bit as entertaining.

Now that we’ve put unfair pressure on both these superheroes to perform, wait no longer to sign up. It’ll cost you $35 if you’re a Chamber member; $45 otherwise.

To register: bit.ly/3IXRv5R

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