30th Annual High Desert Opportunity Business Conference Looks To Attract Businesses And Jobs to the High Desert

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

(Victorville) – Billy Beane, revolutionary General Manager of the Oakland Athletics and the subject of the best-selling book and the new movie “Moneyball” starring Brad Pitt, will be the Keynote Speaker at Thursday’s High Desert Opportunity Expo.

The annual event takes place tomorrow, October 20th, at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville. In addition to keynote speaker Billy Beane, the event will include an exhibit booth area, allowing attendees the opportunity to speak directly with representatives from local city and county agencies, financial institutions, community organizations and real estate professionals.

The new Opportunity Theater program will feature Jon Acuff, a contributor for financial expert Dave Ramsey, as well as a best-selling author, blogger and Fortune 500 marketing brand manager. Bob Cottam with United Furniture Industries will also speak at HDO’s HD Theater. UFI is leasing space at SCLA and will provide 400 jobs over the next three years.

The Opportunity Theater also includes a panel of local business and real estate professionals who will provide insight on the current market, local business opportunities in the High Desert and the business climate going forward.  The program will conclude with a panel of Economic Development Directors from each community and the County of San Bernardino to discuss current projects taking place in their community and the advantages of doing business in the High Desert.

High Desert Opportunity is one part of a community-wide effort to foster economic development in the High Desert. Its role is to showcase, through various activities offered over one day, the advantages of doing business in the area. HDO was founded in 1981 and incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in 1985. The committee is composed of a group of local business professionals and community leaders who volunteer their time to organize and present this premier annual business conference.

Past keynote speakers at HDO have included Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Ben Stein, John Naber, Jack Canfield, Steve Forbes, Newt Gingrich, Oliver North, Terry Bradshaw and Elizabeth Dole among others.

In 2010, the conference drew more than 1,000 participants representing the fields of real estate, insurance, manufacturing, engineering, architecture, and economic development. According to HDO’s website, some were investors who own property in the High Desert or who were considering purchasing property. Many of the attendees were from out of the area, including from Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Inland Empire communities.

For more information call (760) 245-7600 or visit www.HighDesertOpportunity.com.

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