Bill Lafayette

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Local economic experts predict strong job growth in central Ohio this year.

Economist Bill Lafayette predicts 2.2 percent job growth for central Ohio in 2016, which would mean about 22,000 jobs.  Columbus has exceeded the state and nation for job creation.  Lafayette says central Ohio employment is up nearly 14 percent from 2010. 

10:00 Last year, residents of Franklin County made over 18,000 babies-- far more than any other county in Ohio. Is it something in the water? Probably not. This hour we’ll talk about what an influx of youth means for the economics of the region. Plus we’ll learn why migration away from a city does not signal its demise, and why talent might be the new oil. Guests

Economic Forecast for 2013

Jan 23, 2013

10:00 Economic forecasters are in debate over the forecast for 2013; some say it's good news while others say it's bad. On this hour, we'll talk about the national and local economic forecast for 2013 with a few economy buffs. Guests

  • Bill LaFayette, Owner of Regionomics, LLC
  • Doug Buchanan, Managing Editor for Columbus Business First

Reinventing the American Local Economy

Jul 19, 2012

10:00 Where have the jobs gone, not in the last few years but over the course of the last few decades? More importantly, where will the new jobs come from? Now there’s a new documentary film about the local economy movement, in which job creators grow their businesses within the local economy. Guests

10:00 Regionomics, LCC released its annual Economic Forecast today that shows the Columbus economy continuing on a slow path to recovery. What is in store for the area's economy during the new year? Guests

Campus Crime/Columbus Poverty Rates

Dec 12, 2011

10:00 Crime is, unfortunately, a problem on most college campuses. Ohio State has seen an increase in crime rates this year, and Virginia Tech has recently fallen victim to another murder on campus. What can campus Police Departments do to protect students, faculty and staff? Guest

11:00-11:40 This hour we'll spend the first two segments talking about President Obama's Jobs Speech and how it specifically pertains to Ohio's economy, with former Columbus Chamber of Commerce economic analyst, Bill Lafayette, and Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at Cleveland State, Joel Elvery. Guests:

Economic Conditions in Columbus

May 24, 2010

An in-depth look at the state of the Columbus economy, with Business First Columbus reporter Doug Buchanan, Columbus Chamber of Commerce economist Bill Lafayette and Columbus Board of Realtors president Sue Lusk-Gleich.

Central Ohio's Economy

Jan 5, 2010

Central Ohio's economy - the good, the bad, and the ugly - with a panel of local economic experts: Columbus Chamber of Commerce vice president of economic analysis Bill LaFayette, Huntington Bancshares vice president George Mokrzan and Commerce National Bank chief economic adviser James Newton.