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BUZZ: Nikki Haley making first appearance at USC Darla Moore econ conference

Gov. Nikki Haley will make her first appearance at the University of South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business 33rd annual Economic Outlook Conference next week.

Haley speaks after 2014 forecasts by USC economists Doug Woodward and Joey Von Nessen. Other governors, including Jim Hodges and Mark Sanford, have come the economic outlook events in the past, a USC spokeswoman said.

Haley replaced the business school's namesake, Lake City financier Darla Moore, on the USC board of trustees with a campaign donor soon after the Lexington Republican took office in 2011.

Moore, USC's largest benefactor, is not scheduled to attend the conference on campus on Monday, the school said. A $106.5 million new business school is scheduled to open on Assembly and Green streets in the spring.

After Haley, who is seeking re-election next year, speakers at USC's economic outlook conference include:

• Raymond Owens, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond who will discuss economic conditions and national monetary policy

• Cullen Roche, founder of Orcam Financial Group who will speak on “Hard times means easy money is here to stay,” the school said in a news release.

• A panel discussion on educational attainment and employment with: Pete Selleck, chairman and president of Michelin North America; Pam Lackey, president of AT&T's South Carolina operations; Lonnie Emard, president, IT-oLogy; Jim Reynolds, chief executive of Total Comfort Solutions; and Jeffrey Archie, chief nuclear officer for SCE&G.