First Merchants Sponsors Economic Outlook Luncheon at BSU

January 2, 2013

MUNCIE, Ind. - The Muncie region of First Merchants Bank, First Merchants Trust Company and First Merchants Insurance Group was the major sponsor of the 17th annual Indiana Economic Outlook 2013. The Indiana Economic Outlook is an annual luncheon and forecasting event held by the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research.

Dr. Michael Hicks, Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research and an associate professor of economics in the Miller College of Business at Ball State University, was the keynote speaker. Dr. Hicks presented to a crowd of approximately 250 guests a review of the economic trends in 2012, a forecast for the business climate in 2013, and a long-run forecast for the nation, the state, and East Central Indiana. A question and answer session followed the presentation.