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Date(s) - 02/14/2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Ramada Viscount Suites Hotel


Imagine writing a book thirty years ago titled, “2020 Visions: Long View of a Changing World” and then, living the whole story in unabridged economic and political reality. Does today’s reality resemble the end of the story as told in 1990? And most importantly, how does 2020 really look? The answers to all these questions will be available from our favorite author, futurist, economist and, yes, birder.

Richard Carlson is the past president and current chairman of Spectrum Economics, Inc. During his long and distinguished career, Mr. Carlson specialized in litigation support for and analysis of regional economics (particularly in the Western United States), the technology sector, real estate, medical care, and energy. His research includes regional economic forecasting, industrial forecasting, technology forecasting, energy demand, real estate analysis, strategic planning and economic development. As a consultant, he covered a broad range of issues concerning structural change in the economy and the interaction among the environment, new technologies and regional patterns of economic growth. Prior to founding Spectrum with his partners in 1988, he was Vice President and Director of QED Research and Senior Regional Economist for Stanford Research Institute International. Before that, he worked in the Executive Office of the President in Washington, D.C., and in the Office of the Governor of Illinois. Mr. Carlson graduated from Harvard, received his Masters from the University of Maryland, and was a candidate for a Ph.D at Stanford, all in Economics. He joined Rotary in 1995 and moved to Tucson in 2003. He’s a fanatic bird watcher and traveler. He and his wife of 55 years, Pat, migrate between their homes in Tucson and Lake Tahoe.