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Regional Economic Forum Set For April 29

Published: April 4, 2016


CSULB’s Regional Economic Forum returns to Long Beach on Friday, April 29, featuring area experts analyzing the Long Beach business environment. The event will be held in the Seaside Ballroom of the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. The forum will run from 8-10:30 a.m.

Regional analysis will be provided by CSULB Department of Economics chair Wade Martin and Christopher Thornberg, a founding partner of Beacon Economics in Los Angeles one of California’s most widely renowned economists. A panel discussion will begin the event with John Keisler, the City of Long Beach’s Innovation Team (i-team) director and Jeffrey Fullerton, a director at Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate. Topics to be discussed are “Innovation and Employment in Long Beach” and the “Long Beach Civic Center Project.”

The focus of the forum is on business opportunities and investment in the city of Long Beach. The panel will provide information on recommendations from the city’s i-team regarding the innovation climate in the city. The presentation by Fullerton will be on the $1 billion civic center plaza project in Long Beach that will significantly change the look and feel of downtown. Both projects will significantly impact employment in the Long Beach area for the near and long term.

“The economy of long beach is very dynamic and the government and business sectors are working hard to encourage innovation in both the private and public sectors,” said Martin. “As this innovation takes hold, the economy of long beach will become much more sustainable and will expand opportunities for all citizens in the community.”

The forum is presented by the CSULB Department of Economics, Office of Economic Research and Beacon Economics with current sponsors being the Port of Long Beach, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Women’s Hospital.

The program opens at 8 a.m. in the Seaside Ballroom at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. A light breakfast is followed at 8:30 a.m. with the introductions, then the panel followed by the regional overview and discussion. The forum will wrap up by 10:30 a.m. The registration deadline is Friday, April 22.

For additional information, visit the Regional Economic Forum website.

–Shayne Schroeder