CSU, Chico News

Annual Economic Forecast Conference Coming in January

Date: 11-16-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Lollie DeYoung
Center for Economic Development

The Center for Economic Development at California State University, Chico will hold its 13th annual Economic Forecast Conference at the Gold Country Casino in Oroville on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. The conference has grown well beyond the original tri-county area and now serves as the leading economic forecast conference of the North State. Attendees will be coming from as far north as the Oregon border and as far south as the Central Valley region.

The expanded and enhanced conference will provide attendees with information critical to successful business, community and strategic planning. The topics and breakout sessions have been designed for mutual benefit to the business and the public sector. Conference presenters and facilitators will guide a robust discussion on the current and projected national, state and local economic climate. The intent is that the discussions serve as a catalyst of regional cooperation and problem solving.

Three noted economists will provide analysis on where the national, state and North Valley economies are headed in the near- and long-term future: Kevin Klowden, director and managing economist for the California Milken Institute; Professor Robert Eyler, chair of the Economics Department at Sonoma State University; and John Chiang, controller, State of California.

Harry Moser of the Reshoring Institute will provide the keynote address about how Northern California can embrace the “reshoring” trend – an economic development strategy to bring manufacturing back to the North Valley. Scott Gruendl, director of Glenn County Health Services, will speak about building regional collaboration.

In the afternoon, breakout sessions will address Native American economic development, manufacturing, small business regulatory reform, health care in the North Valley, work force development, technology and innovation, North Valley transportation and international trade.

One of the aspects of the conference that past attendees have reported valuing highly is the chance to meet and network with others from throughout the North State. The crowd will be diverse, including representatives from businesses, utility companies, nonprofits, governments, universities and elected officials.

The Gold Country Casino is located at 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville. For conference and registration information, please visit http://www.cedcal.com/welcome.