Local economy growing but fragile

The team at MTSU's Jones College of Business hosted its 20th Economic Outlook Conference Friday. Among the presenters was Business and Economic Research Center Director David Penn, who told attendees that there are a number of good things happening locally — the housing market is continuing to heal, our manufacturers are growing and retail sales growth is strong — but that there are plenty of factors that can derail growth in the coming years. Here are a few slides that caught our eye. The full presentation is here.