About the Conference

Now in its 82nd year, the Dodge Construction Outlook continues to be the premier North American construction market forecast and event. Taking into account factors such as COVID-19, the US Presidential election, Federal Reserve stimulus strategy etc., Dodge’s Construction Outlook 2021 is like no other in recent history. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn valuable market forecast insights and commentary from Dodge’s Chief Economist, Richard Branch and special guest Cris deRits, Moody’s Deputy Chief Economist.

Dodge Outlook is going virtual this year. On November 19th at 1:00 PM Eastern, our 2021 construction forecast will be delivered via a live 2-hour virtual event.

  • Location Virtual Conference
  • DateNovember 19, 2020
  • Time1:00 PM Eastern

Event Schedule

Thursday, November 19 at 1PM

1:00-1:05 PM Eastern

1:05-1:35 PM Eastern

After an eventful first half of 2020, what’s next for the US economy? In this session, we will explore current and future trends in employment, spending and investment. We’ll consider the political environment and identify the key drivers of construction activity in 2021 and beyond.

1:35-3:00 PM Eastern

Recessions come and go, but this one was different. The COVID-19 pandemic created one of the most severe recessions in U.S. history causing immense disruption across every industry. The construction industry has seen its share of difficulty, but the recovery is underway. In this session Richard Branch, Chief Economist for Dodge Data & Analytics will provide answers to these questions and more:

  • Will projects in a post-COVID world take longer than normal to break ground?
  • How will structural changes such as work from home and remote schooling impact the demand for buildings?
  • What role will the election results play in future construction?

Richard will also walk you through the construction starts forecast and outline the risks and opportunities facing our industry in the year ahead. He will discuss:

  • Where we are today. A Review of the Current Market Situation
  • The view from 30,000 feet. Macroeconomic Overview
  • Dive into the outlook for key sectors: residential, commercial, manufacturing, institutional, nonbuilding
Q&A: Following his presentation, Richard will respond to questions submitted by viewers.

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Our Speakers

Richard Branch

Chief Economist, Dodge Data & Analytics

As Chief economist with over 20 years experience, Richard Branch's primary focus is to ensure Dodge’s continued preeminence in tracking, analyzing and forecasting construction activity, and to work closely with clients as well as national, regional, and trade media to share this insight. This includes continued execution of the monthly Dodge Momentum Index, National Construction Starts research, and Dodge Construction Outlook—a seminal reference for the industry. Richard holds a master’s degree in economics from Boston College, and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Ottawa in Canada.

Cristian deRitis, PhD CBE®

Deputy Chief Economist, Moody's Analytics

Cristian deRitis is the Deputy Chief Economist at Moody’s Analytics. As the Head of Model Research and Development, Cris specializes in the analysis of current and future economic conditions, consumer credit markets and housing. He publishes his analysis regularly and is often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal for his views on the economy. Before joining Moody’s Analytics, Cris worked for Fannie Mae where he developed default, prepayment and loss models for mortgage portfolios. He holds a PhD in economics from Johns Hopkins University and is a Certified Business Economist. In addition to his published research, Cris is named on two U.S. patents for credit modeling techniques.

Dodge Outlook 2021 delivers

The premier market forecast, Dodge Construction Outlook will deliver:

Construction Market Outlook

See the construction starts forecast and learn about the risks and opportunities ahead.


Great Speakers

Hear economic and market insights from industry leaders.


US Economic Outlook

Learn where the economy is headed after an eventful start to 2020.


Post-COVID Structural Changes

Hear thought-provoking insights into how the construction industry will change following coronavirus pandemic.


Who Should Attend?

  • Building Product Manufacturers
  • Architect & Design Firms
  • Contractors
  • Engineers
  • Industry Associations
  • Project & Construction Management Firms
  • Insurance, Finance & Legal Professionals
  • Government Officials
  • Construction Equipment Distributors
  • Telecommunication, Infrastructure & Technology Companies
  • Building Materials Suppliers

Ticket Pricing

Full Pass


  • Live Session with Q&A*
  • 20-page Digital Forecast Report
  • PowerPoint Slides
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*Live session is limited to 3000 attendees. Live attendance is first come, first serve. Additional attendees will get access to recorded overflow session the following day.


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Contact Us

For all other inquiries about this event or other Dodge events contact Dodge Data & Analytics at the following:

  • Press: nsullivan@affect.com
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