CSU, Chico News

Ninth Annual Tri-County Economic Forecast Conference Slated for January 15

Date: 12-16-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Joe Donaldson
Center for Economic Development

The Center for Economic Development (CED), California State University, Chico will hold its ninth annual Tri-County Economic Forecast Conference on Jan. 15, 2009, from 8 a.m. until noon in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium. Breakfast will be served beginning at 7 a.m.

Randall Kempner, vice president for regional innovation for the Washington, D.C. based Council on Competitiveness will be the keynote speaker. The Council on Competitiveness assists regions in developing and implementing economic strategies to succeed in a global economy.

Kempner has over a decade of experience in the field of national and international development consulting. He has directed regional economic development initiatives across the United States as well as competitiveness projects in South and Central America, including in the countries of Colombia, El Salvador and Peru.

The Economic Forecast Conference provides attendees with information about economic trends in Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties. This information, according to Dan Ripke, director of CED, “improves the ability of local businesses and community leaders to successfully plan for the future of Northern California.”
This year’s focus is “Emerging Opportunities for Economic Growth.” Speakers will explore industries relevant to the North State and ways of staying competitive in the current market.

Registration is $65 per person and includes breakfast, a conference packet and an economic and demographic profile of Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties. Contact CED at 530-898-3857 to register.