CSU, Chico News

Opportunities, Challenges Identified at Economic Forecast Jan. 22

Date: 01-06-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Georgia Nilsson, Event Coordinator
Center for Economic Development

California State University, Chico’s Center for Economic Development will host its 2015 Northstate Economic Forecast Conference on Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Gold Country Casino Event Center in Oroville.

Now in its 15th year, the annual conference provides national, state and regional economic outlooks for the upcoming year and topic-specific breakout sessions. Registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m., and the final breakout sessions will end at 3:30 p.m.

Keynoting the conference is Jake Soberal, CEO of Bitwise Industries, a Fresno-based company focused on expanding technological education, collaboration and innovation in that region. His presentation, “Economic Development, One Geek at a Time,” is slated for 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Other speakers are Dan Ripke, director of CSU, Chico’s Center for Economic Development; Robert Eyler, director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis at Sonoma State University; and Jaana Remes, partner at the McKinsey Global Institute, the research arm of the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

The conference will also feature a trade show showcasing local businesses and organizations from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The trade show has doubled in size in recent years and will be offered in an expanded setting. Registration for trade show exhibitors is open until Jan. 20.

Afternoon breakout sessions will look at agriculture and water, marketing, manufacturing, global commerce for our rural region, business growth challenges, connecting with government buyers and contractors, education and workforce development, and solar energy for commercial and agricultural applications.

Gold Country Casino is located at 4020 Olive Highway in Oroville. To register or learn more, please visit www.cedcal.com. Registration includes a full breakfast and lunch, all-day admittance and one copy of the 2015 Economic Scorecard for the region.