North Bay Business Journal

Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 10:32 am

Economic Outlook Conference calls for action on regional economic development

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    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 events@busjrnl.com 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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    1 Comment

    1. March 22, 2010, 9:18 am

      by gilbert young

      Was unable to attend the 2/25 economic conference
      Do you have any conference summaries available on the web?
      I am especially interested in:
      1/demographics of area
      2/ unemployment
      3/ future job forecasts

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