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Economic Insights 2024: Charting the Course Ahead
Courtyard Denver Cherry Creek
1475 S Colorado Blvd, 11th Floor
Denver, Colorado 80222
Thursday, December 14, 2023, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM MDT
Category: Programs

A premier in-person event designed for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals. Set against the backdrop of evolving global economic landscapes, this event provides a unique platform to delve into economic, labor, real estate, and global trends. Join us for an insightful morning panel discussion and networking event as we examine the latest economic patterns, potential challenges, and strategic opportunities that will shape the AEC industry's path in the years ahead.

Key Takeaways:

    • Gain insight into 2023 economic, social, and technical factors affecting the AEC industry.
    • Meet economic and demographic professionals, network with colleagues and industry professionals.
    • Plan for the year ahead by gaining insight into the current economic trends, share this information with clients
      • Michael Gifford, President & CEO, AGC
      • Tony Milo, President/CEO, CCA
      • Greg Totten, Economist, State Demography Office

More about the Speakers

Michael Gifford
President & CEO

Michael Gifford, President & CEO of the AGC of Colorado since 2008, leads a non-profit trade association with 550 members and a $3.2 million budget. Instrumental in AGC's role as the industry voice, he focuses on economic development, legislative influence, member services, and education programs, notably in workforce development. Serving on executive committees of key organizations, including the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., Michael chairs C3 and is Chair-elect of the AGC America Executive Leadership Council. His extensive background includes a decade as the Executive Director of the Idaho AGC and roles at the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Boise Association. Michael, an instructor at the University of Phoenix, holds a BS in Business Admin & Finance from USC, an MPA from Boise State University, and is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management.

Tony Milo

Tony Milo was named Executive Director of the Colorado Contractors Association in April 2005. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Association and particularly enjoys working on legislation to advance and protect Colorado’s infrastructure industry. Prior to joining CCA, Tony was Executive Director of the Michigan Road Builders Association and has accumulated more than 20 years of experience representing the infrastructure construction industry through work for major trade Associations including the Highway Users Federation, Michigan Manufacturers Association, and Michigan Asphalt Paving Association. Tony earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from James Madison College of Michigan State University and a Master of Management degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tony enjoys playing golf, a great glass of wine, traveling, and hiking, and he is a diehard Michigan State Spartans fan. Of all his accomplishments, Tony is most proud of his two wonderful kids, Alex and Tommy.

Greg Totten
State Demography Office

Greg Totten is the Economist at the State Demography Office. Prior to joining the SDO in 2022, Greg spent over a decade working in affordable housing, specializing in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. In addition to his work at the SDO, Greg also serves on the board of NEWSED Community Development Corporation. Greg has a B.A. in Ethics, History, and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and is in the process of completing his M.A. in Economics from Colorado State University.

Ticket Prices
$65 Members
$100 Non-members


CEUs Available: 1, 3 Client and Business Development

Note: Only SMPS Members may register at member pricing. All ticket prices increase $25 on December 9.
Finding it difficult to allocate funds for SMPS programming and/or membership? The Colorado Believes page program is rooted in our core values of learning, commitment, and community through charitable giving, membership sponsorships, scholarships, and industry engagement. This program is also part of our efforts to help diversify membership and help provide opportunities for BIPOC individuals and DBE, WBE, MBE, VBR, and LGBTBE firms to elevate their marketing efforts while helping your company save. Please email SMPS Colorado’s admin for reduced pricing and scholarship opportunities.

If you are a member of another SMPS Chapter and would like a member rate, please email the admin. Job seekers, students, and other new professionals, please visit our Colorado Believes page for details on our student membership programs and professional development scholarship opportunities. Refunds are available if submitted to the admin one week prior to the event.