By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– On October 15, 2015, High Desert Opportunity will draw over 700 attendees, including real estate, business and government leaders, from all over the High Desert and Southern California to the region’s largest one-day business conference.
Celebrating its 34th annual event, this year’s theme “Made in the High Desert” will be woven throughout the conference from the HDO exhibit hall and “Made in the High Desert” manufacturers’ exhibit hall to the all-informative HD Theater. Back by popular demand, Caroll Yule returns as the 2015 HD Theater Emcee. Yule will provide a housing market update and information about the latest development projects and activities in the High Desert. To reinforce the “Made in the High Desert” theme, an HD Theater panel of industry professionals will give real time updates in a number of areas.
The Manufacturing a Skilled Workforce panel features moderator Anita Tuckerman, Stirling Development, and panelists Superintendent Tom Hoegerman, Apple Valley Unified School District, James Johnson, Victor Valley Community College Foundation, and Bradley Gates, San Bernardino County Workforce Development, providing information about plans, partnerships and programs in process which ensure that workers will be prepared for tomorrow’s jobs.
The Manufacturing Industry Success panel features moderator Eldon Heaston, Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, and panelist Jay Jeffs, Jayco Industries, and Eric Schmidt, Exquadrum, sharing their success stories in the High Desert where manufacturing is welcomed and nurtured.
The Manufacturing Support Resources panel features moderator Vincent McCoy, Inland Empire Small Business Development Center, and panelists Elizabeth Glynn, California Manufacturing Technology Consultants (CMTC), and Jeff Malin, California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz), providing information on resources available to help businesses grow and increase their bottom line and how California is working to improve its manufacturing environment.
The much anticipated luncheon Keynote Speaker Bill Rancic burst onto the national scene when he was hired by Donald Trump as the winner of the first season of NBC’s breakthrough program “The Apprentice”. Not only will he be sharing the ups and downs on his road to success, he will also attend a Meet and Greet in the HDO exhibit hall from 2-2:30 p.m.
This year’s first ever “Made in the High Desert” exhibit hall hosted by County of San Bernardino First District Supervisor and Vice-Chair Robert Lovingood and Third District Supervisor and Chairman James Ramos will feature technology and products made right here in the High Desert. Jayco Industries LLC, Telexca, General Atomics, Forbes Steel, Exquadrum and Mitsubishi are among the many manufactures to demonstrate the advantages of locating and expanding a business in the High Desert.
This year HDO has extended the “Networking and Exhibiting” to morning and afternoon sessions. HDO opens with “Registration and Networking Continental Breakfast”, 8-9:00 a.m., HD Exhibit Hall and “Made in the High Desert” exhibit hall, 8-noon and 2-3:00 p.m., and the engaging and informative HD Theater program, 9-11:00 a.m.
The High Desert region boasts a population of over 440,000 people and includes the cities of Adelanto,
Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia, and Victorville. The region is full of potential in the form of major travel hubs, business friendly policies and prime retail space. The High Desert Opportunity Conference is a necessity for anyone looking to locate and grow their business in the region and offers a wealth of information, tools and access to industry leaders to help in that endeavor.
The High Desert Opportunity Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on October 15, 2015, at the High Desert Events Center in Victorville, CA. Purchase admission tickets and reserve booth space at www.highdesertopportunity.com.
About High Desert Opportunity
High Desert Opportunity (HDO) is the premier High Desert event annually showcasing local businesses and development opportunities for new and expanding businesses. The goal of the event is to support economic growth and stability by attracting businesses and jobs to the High Desert. The region encompasses the cities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia and Victorville as well as portions of San Bernardino County. In its 34th year, High Desert Opportunity continues to grow, continually attracting close to 1,000 attendees focusing on the benefits of doing business in the High Desert.