U.S. economic growth will accelerate late this year and the chances of a double-dip recession are "completely blown out of proportion,"  according to economist Christopher Thornberg, who will be the keynote speaker at the Business Journal's Impact Napa conference Sept. 1 in Napa.

"I may sound like Mr. Optimism," Dr. Thornberg said in an interview this week with the Journal. "I forecast acceleration in growth through the end of this year. I think we'll see something like 3 percent to 3.5 percent by the end of this year," he said. "Fears of a double-dip are completely blown out of proportion"

For the full interview with the founder and principal with Los Angeles-based Beacon Economics, see Monday's edition of the North Bay Business Journal or go to NorthBayBusinessJournal.com.

To attend the Impact Napa conference from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Meritage Resort in Napa where Dr. Thornberg will be speaking, go to NorthBayBusinessJournal.com to register or call Linda Perkins at 521-5264. Cost is $45 per person or $450 for a table of eight.

Registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 29.