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Panel of Experts to Discuss The Global Meltdown and the Prospects for the New England Economy April 7

Posted February 20, 2009

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Yolanda Kodrzycki
Tom Burton ’70
Russell Denver L’92

How does the turmoil in the world’s financial markets play into the strengths and weaknesses of locally based economic activity? The College invites alumni and other members of the College community to a lively panel discussion, “The Global Meltdown and the Prospects for the New England Economy,” on Tuesday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m. at Sleith Hall, Room 100. The Athenaeum Series event, which is free and open to the public, will feature Yolanda Kodrzycki, senior economist and policy advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Tom Burton ’70, president and CEO of Hampden Bancorp, Inc., and Russell Denver L’92, president of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, Inc. The panelists will examine regional job and career prospects, healthcare, the innovation economy, and traditional enterprise, such as services and manufacturing.

Kodrzycki specializes in regional, labor market, and public sector economics. She serves as an advisor to numerous organizations with interests in the New England and the national economy. She is currently engaged in studies of the “innovation economy that characterizes eastern Massachusetts, and her study of persistent poverty has made her a frequent visitor to the Springfield area.

Burton, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, has served as CEO of Hampden Bancorp during its transitions from a mutual savings bank to a commercial bank. Under his leadership the bank has significantly increased its role supporting commercial enterprise in the Springfield area. Previously, as a managing partner at KPMG in Springfield, he served as an SEC reviewing and engagement partner for 25 financial institutions.

Denver has a diverse background in municipal management, legal practice, and chamber management. He has led the implementation of the Urban Land Institute Study in Springfield, chaired the City of Springfield’s 10-Year Plan to Eliminate Homelessness, and recently concluded a consolidation of five Chambers.

The Athenaeum Series is a program of events hosted and cosponsored by D’Amour Library to provide a forum for communication, conversation, and discussion on scientific, literary, and other topics.


Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England University serves 3,955 students, including 2,575 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and School of Law.


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