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Building Public-Private Partnerships a Top Focus for the 17th Annual North State Economic Forecast Conference

Date: 12-07-2016

Michele Chandler
Public Affairs
Michael Suplita
Center for Economic Development
Meagan Weaver
Center for Economic Development

The Center for Economic Development’s 17th Annual North State Economic Forecast Conference will take place on January 19, 2017, at the Gold Country Casino Event Center, 4020 Olive Highway, in Oroville.

Registration and breakfast start at 7:30 a.m. and the final breakout sessions will end at 4:30 p.m.

The Center for Economic Development (CED), a center within the California State University, Chico Research Foundation, provides data, information and technical services to support leaders in business and government make sound economic and policy decisions. The conference will provide an analysis of where the national, state and North Valley economies are headed for the short and long-term.

This year’s conference will focus on strategies to build partnerships between public and private groups.

“With the loss of redevelopment [programs], there are fewer financial resources to go around and many communities are competing for the same pots of money,” said Michael Suplita, associate director of research at CED. “As a result, many local economic developers are relying more and more on public-private partnerships to accomplish tasks that may require large amounts of staff time, or significant financial resources,” said Suplita.

“This event will be a great opportunity to examine certain best practices, with an economics-first twist,” he said.

The plenary session will feature Bill Watkins, executive director of the California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting in Thousand Oaks, California, along with Todd Mirell, a lecturer at the University of California, Davis. The keynote speaker will be Peter Luchetti, a managing partner at San Francisco, California-based Table Rock Capital who specializes in public-private partnerships.

Breakout sessions will discuss Agriculture and Water Issues, Building Better Broadband, Commercial Real Estate, North State Public-Private Partnerships, Small Business Financing, Recreation and Agricultural Tourism, Regional Economic Development and Workforce Development.

The conference will also feature a day-long trade show to provide attendees with an opportunity to view products and services provided by local business and organizations. Registration for trade show exhibitors is open until January 6, 2017.

Early-bird registration prices are available until December 25, 2016. To register, reserve an exhibitor’s table for the tradeshow, or get more information, please visit www.cedcal.com.

Registration includes full breakfast and lunch and one copy of the 2017 EconomicScorecard for the region.