“New Partnership Revives The HIGH DESERT ECONOMIC SUMMIT”

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)- – The Victor Valley College Foundation and the Inland Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross have joined forces to bring back the High Desert Economic Summit after the event was nearly retired last year.    The 2012 event will be held April 11, 2012 at the Victor Valley College Performing Arts Center.

As the High Desert Chapter of the American Red Cross merged with the Inland Empire Chapter, Red Cross leadership questioned their ability to facilitate the annual economic information conference and announced that the 2011 conference would be the final event in a 12 year run.   The Victor Valley College Foundation immediately sought an opportunity to ensure the Summit would continue to provide valuable economic trend analysis and development insights to the high desert communities and a new partnership was born.

“We are pleased that the Victor Valley College Foundation stepped in to help us keep this event alive,” said Yevette Ramos, Executive Director of the Inland Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross.  “We know how important this event is and always hoped we’d be able to continue it.”

The event is being coordinated by a volunteer committee working with both organizations. The committee is focused on building on the reputation for quality established by the American Red Cross in producing this event in the past by adding several new elements.  These include the introduction of new presentation formats, a robust website to provide resources year round and the fact that proceeds from this year’s event will support both charitable causes.

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The Inland Empire Chapter provides direct assistance to individuals affected by man-made or natural disasters, ranging from single-family home fires to larger events such as floods, earthquakes and catastrophic incidents.

The Victor Valley College Foundation changes lives by helping people to access educational opportunities in the high desert.  The Foundation provides scholarships to hard-working students and supports innovative education projects at Victor Valley College.   This year the Foundation is assisting with the opening of the new Victor Valley College Regional Public Safety Training Center in Apple Valley.

The High Desert Economic Summit will bring expert analysis of national, state and regional economic trends affecting the Victor Valley; updates from local economic development agencies; panel discussions featuring business who have recently expanded within the high desert to share insights about finding success in this region now.  Details, including how to purchase tickets, about the event can be found at www.highdeserteconomicsummit.com

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