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Center for Business and Policy Research Director Jeffrey Michael (left) and Associate Director Thomas Pogue on Friday officially announced that the former Business Forecasting Center has added an office on the campus in Sacramento and has been renamed to better reflect the work being done by its researchers. Michael will head the office on the Sacramento campus and Pogue will oversee the office in Stockton.

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University of the Pacific’s Business Forecasting Center expands to Sacramento, changes name

Mar 13, 2015

University of the Pacific's Business Forecasting Center, known since 2004 for its widely cited economic forecasts, is changing its name to reflect the full scope of its work and expansion to a new Sacramento location.

Michael
Pogue

The newly renamed Center for Business and Policy Research is adding an office at Pacific's Sacramento campus, enabling new collaborations with the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and planned Sacramento graduate programs in business and policy.

The center will continue to produce economic forecasts for California and metropolitan areas from Sacramento to Fresno and the Bay Area. It will maintain its office on the Stockton campus and remain as a center of the Eberhardt School of Business.

"In its first decade, the center has built relationships across California and completed significant projects on issues such as water, transportation, housing, and economic development," said Jeffrey Michael, professor of economics and director of the center. "This change allows us to better serve our region, and to create new opportunities for the university and its students."

Maria Pallavicini, provost of University of the Pacific, said the center's new presence in Sacramento advances the university's goal of integrating and expanding its academic offerings at its three campuses. In addition to the Stockton and Sacramento campuses, the university has a campus in San Francisco that is home to Pacific's Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and new graduate programs in analytics, audiology, music therapy and food studies.

"Our goal is to leverage our unique Northern California footprint to provide our students with exciting new interdisciplinary opportunities," Pallavicini said. "The Center for Business and Policy Research is an important step, and I applaud Dr. Michael for his tremendous success in expanding the center's scope and influence over the past decade."


"Our goal is to leverage our unique Northern California footprint to provide our students with exciting new interdisciplinary opportunities. The Center for Business and Policy Research is an important step, and I applaud Dr. Michael for his tremendous success in expanding the center's scope and influence
over the past decade."

-- Provost Maria Pallavicini


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Neumann

Lewis Gale, dean of the Eberhardt School of Business, said that providing research experiences for undergraduate and graduate students is one of the missions of the center, along with providing research to inform and guide smart regional development.

"Having a presence in both Stockton and Sacramento will foster innovative new collaborations among the center, the McGeorge School of Law, our planned new academic programs in Sacramento, and our MBA program and undergraduate business school programs in Stockton," Gale said.

Jay Mootz, dean of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, said that the center will be an asset to the law school as it revamps its curriculum to adapt to a rapidly changing legal environment.

"This is a great step forward for the university and Sacramento," Mootz said. "The center's policy studies, especially in an area such as water, will afford opportunities for our law students to gain policy research experience, and for the center to have access to our faculty expertise and our close ties in the Capitol. I look forward to increasingly rich, multidisciplinary academic offerings on the Sacramento campus."

Michael will head the center from the Sacramento office. It will be staffed by Economic Research Analyst Jesse Neumann.

The center's Stockton office will be staffed by Associate Director Thomas Pogue, Economic Research Analyst Nahila Ahsan and student interns.

For more information about the Center for Business and Policy Research, visit go.pacific.edu/CBPR.  

Media contact:

Keith Michaud | 209.946.3275 (office) | 209.470.3206 (cell) | kmichaud@pacific.edu

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