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The Importance of Financial Literacy

jeff atwaterBy Jeff Atwater, Chief Financial Officer, Florida Department of Financial Services.

As I reflect on today’s economy, I can’t help but think about how dramatically the cost of living has changed in the past 20 years.  In the 1990s, we were paying roughly $2.15 for a gallon of milk and $1.09 for a gallon of gas.  Within the last couple of decades, the cost of these items and many other daily staples has dramatically increased.

Our national leaders are struggling to balance the nation’s budget, just as many Americans struggle to balance their household budgets.  We live in an economic time when money is short and everyone is trying to find a way to do more with less. Read more…

POSTED: April 19, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , ,

UC EconomicsCenter Director Julie Heath says Cincinnati Economy to Grow Faster than U.S.

It might not always feel like it, but Cincinnati’s economy is going through something of a renaissance. In fact, you can expect it to grow at a faster clip than the nation’s economy does this year.

That’s what Julie Heath, director of the University of Cincinnati’s EconomicsCenter, told a crowd Tuesday night at the 13th annual Economic Forecast sponsored by the Institute for Supply Management – Cincinnati and the Association for Operations Management. And if she’s right, it’ll make three years in a row that the local economy has outpaced the nation’s. That follows a decade-long stretch of slower local growth.

Read the full article at the Cincinnati Business Courier.

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Teachers and Students: Tell us ‘What Should the Next President do to Improve the Economy?’

This election season, CEE is holding a video contest asking students in kindergarten through 12th grade, via their teachers, for the best economic advice they can give our new President. Teachers should record one student, or a group of students, answering the question “What Should the Next President do to Improve the Economy?”

Enter your video today! This contest is hosted on Facebook, therefore teachers who want to enter the contest will need access to Facebook. Not all schools allow access to Facebook, so please plan accordingly by uploading your video to Facebook via a computer not associated with your school.

Download a word doc of the rules and FAQ here.

A sample video, rules and FAQ are available on CEE’s Facebook page.

Watch CEE’s Sherria Saafir explain the video contest, and why we think the economy is an important part of the 2012 election.

Video Contest Rules

One winner will be chosen by CEE Facebook fans (“Viewers’ Choice”) and at least one winner will be chosen by one or more economists selected as judges by CEE (“Economists’ Choice”). Prizes include a $500 American Express gift card for each teacher winner, and $25 iTunes gift cards for the student(s) featured in the winning videos.

Video Submission Period
Opens: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 9:00a.m. ET
Closes: Monday, October 15, 2012, 11:59p.m. ET
Public Voting Period
Starts: Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 9:00a.m. ET
Ends: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 3:00p.m. ET


We look forward to hearing what your students have to say! Good luck.

POSTED: September 12, 2012 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , ,