Registration closes this week
NORTH BAY — Registration for the SSU Economic Outlook Conference, produced in collaboration with the Business Journal, closes on Friday. The event is on Feb. 25 from 7:30 to noon, and tickets are $49 per person and include continental breakfast. To register, contact Linda Perkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-521-5264, or register online at www.NorthBayBusinessJournal.com.
The conference will center on the need for business leaders to come together and take action on creating a regional economic development organization, including strategies for spurring growth at a local level. An outlook for the local and national economies will also give information on how businesses can best prepare for what is to come, and a panel discussion will examine in detail modes of stimulating job creation, retention and entrepreneurism. Speakers and topics to be covered include:
- Brian Pretti, senior vice president at Mechanics Bank, will provide a macroeconomic forecast indicating a dramatic shift from past economic cycles and suggestions for how businesses should prepare differently for the future.
- Dr. Rob Eyler, chair of economics at SSU and director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis, will give a North Bay economic analysis and discuss SSU’s role in forming a regional economic development corporation.
- Brian Sobel, principal consultant for Sobel Communications, will talk about the local and national political climate and its impact on conducting business.
- Tracey Grose, vice president of research and strategic development at Collaborative Economics, will share numbers on the emerging green economy, describe the core concepts of a green economy and outline the opportunity that exists for North Bay policy makers to spur business growth.
- Naheed Ali of the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program will cover how this program has translated into economic development, generating money going into the community.
- Michael Ammann, president of the Solano Economic Development Corp., will discuss how Solano has structured its economic redevelopment according to the broader context of growing clusters in the greater mega-region.
- Jeri Gill, CEO of Sustainable Napa County, will give an example of successful private-public-NGO collaboration in Napa
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