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KNOXVILLE – This summer, politicians are spending a bulk of their time discussing the nation’s fiscal crisis—weighing revenue growth and spending cuts as solutions to the ballooning budget deficit. Front and center in this debate is Senator Bob Corker.

US Sen. Bob CorkerSen. Corker will share his insights at the Knoxville Economics Forum, organized by the College of Business Administration’s Department of Economics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Monday, August 8, at Club LeConte in downtown Knoxville.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 11:45 a.m.

The cost is $20, payable on the day of the event. Registration is available at The forum is a local organization dedicated to an ongoing public discussion of business and economic issues as they relate to East Tennessee.

Corker has been Tennessee’s senator since 2006. He has played a dominant role in financial reform and in the debt ceiling discussions. Corker is also a member of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, and ranking member of the Special Committee on Aging. Prior to being a U.S. Senator, Corker was the Mayor of Chattanooga, responsible for transforming the city’s waterfront and attracting $2.1 billion of investment for revitalization to the area. He graduated from UT Knoxville in 1974.

“The escalating federal debt is easily the most pressing issue facing our generation,” said Don Bruce, associate professor in the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and the Department of Economics. “In an era of unproductive political rhetoric and point-scoring gamesmanship, Senator Bob Corker continues to stand out among his Congressional peers as a voice of reason, positioning himself as a strong and productive force behind the eventual resolution of the budget dilemma.”

The Knoxville Economics Forum is a local, nonprofit organization founded in 2010. Its mission is to foster open and honest discussion of the most important economic issues in East Tennessee by inviting leaders in business, politics and economics to share their views. Past speakers have included Dennis Lockhart, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and Kelly King, chairman and CEO of BB&T.

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