High Desert Economic Summit Debuts New Format

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)-– As the High Desert Economic Summit enters its 15th year, the Victor Valley College Foundation, which now produces the event, prepares to unveil a new format for delivering the valuable information business owners and policy makers have come to expect from the annual conference.    The Summit, scheduled for April 10, 2013 at Victor Valley College, provides expert economic trend analysis and examines issues affecting businesses and investments in the region.

The program this year will introduce a new multi-media presentation to showcase the collaboration of local cities in a regional economic development effort.    This effort, which includes representatives from all communities in the Victor Valley, represents a new direction for the region and the High Desert Economic Summit will offer the first public look at this new partnership.   To emphasize the strengthened cooperation, individual agency presentations that were a staple of past Summit events will be replaced by a single unified video presentation that highlights economic development successes and plans valley-wide.

“We are looking forward to showcasing the work we are doing together for the region at the High Desert Economic Summit this year,” said Frank Robinson, Town Manager for the Town of Apple Valley and a leader in the regional effort.  “It is refreshing to be working with our neighboring cities in such a productive partnership and I believe our community stakeholders will be encouraged by our efforts.”

In addition to reinventing the way cities present their economic development efforts, keynote speaker Dr. John Husing will also deliver his expert analysis of the regional economy in a new format.    Dr. Husing’s presentation will include a detailed look at economic trends and industry sectors that drive the regional market but this year, his presentation will be infused with direct input from local industry representatives themselves.  This will add a new dimension to the information he presents about what is driving major segments of the local economy.

Lastly, the High Desert Economic Summit will unpack a current public policy debate that affects the local region – immigration.  This presentation, delivered by Victor Valley College Political Science Instructor Dr. Dino Bozonelos, will provide an unbiased look at the national debate and discuss the possible implications for local business owners and public agencies.

Returning to the Summit this year, Senior Economist Jeffery Cleveland, from the investment firm Payden & Rygel, will also provide a macro-economic view of national and world trends.  His debut in 2012 was met with great favor; his return is a result of requests by attendees from last year’s event.

The High Desert Economic Summit was started by the High Desert Chapter of the American Red Cross and its then President Joseph W. Brady, CCIM, SIOR.  In 2011, when the High Desert Chapter merged with the Inland Empire, a partnership was formed with the Victor Valley College Foundation to ensure the local conference would continue.    This marks the second year the two organizations have collaborated on the event which provides critical information to the region while raising funds for important charitable causes.

For registration and sponsorship information visit the High Desert Economic Summit website at www.highdeserteconomicsummit.com

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