CLEMSON — Congressman Gresham Barrett, R-Westminster, and State Rep. Bill Sandifer, R-Seneca, will be two keynote speakers at the first Upstate Economic Forum to be held May 9 at Clemson University’s Madren Center.

The forum will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. with the first presentation to begin at 9 a.m. There will be a total of five speakers, and the forum will close with a lunch and round table question and answer period from noon to 1 p.m. 

Barrett has had a very busy schedule with various pieces of legislation in Washington D.C. including the stimulus package, auto and bank bailouts and various committees he has been involved with during the recent economic turmoil. Recently, he announced his intentions to run for governor. 

“This is the perfect time for this type of event considering the state of our local and national economy, and I look forward to talking with folks in the Upstate about our work in Columbia,” said Sandifer, who is chairman of the Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee. 

The Investment Center of Seneca’s Jim Charbonneau will emcee the event, which also includes an economist from a firm in Charlotte frequently seen and heard on Bloomberg, as well as the site manager from Duke Energy’s Oconee Nuclear Station and a southeastern regional vice president for Prudential Securities. Topics will range from local employment and energy demands, to an overall look at the economy today, to personal investment strategies for recovering retirement income. 

Tickets for this event may be purchased in advance since seating is limited. Tickets purchased in advance are $25 per person or $40 per couple. Tickets the day of the event will be $30 each. Checks should be made payable to Golden Green Inc. and mailed to: P.O. Box 397, Seneca, SC 29679. Please include the name of guests attending and general contact information in case the time, date or venue changes so you can be contacted. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

For more information, contact The Investment Center at 864.888.8700.