UC Riverside Economic Forecast Conference Returns Oct. 23

The event will feature Riverside/San Bernardino, Calfornia, national and international economic forecasts

Yunzeng Wang talks to students at the regional economic forecast conference in Oct. 2013

Yunzeng Wang, dean of the School of Business Administration, talks to students at the regional economic forecast conference in 2013.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Registration is open for the 2014 Riverside/San Bernardino Economic Forecast Conference hosted by the University of California, Riverside’s School of Business Administration and Beacon Economics on Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Riverside Convention Center.

At the event, which is being held for the fifth consecutive year, Jordan Levine, director of economic research at Beacon Economics, will present a California and Riverside/San Bernardino forecast and Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics, will present the international and national forecasts.

The forecasts will include comprehensive outlooks for leading indicators of the economy such as commercial and residential real estate markets, employment/unemployment, consumer spending, bankruptcies, business activity, personal income, international trade, and GDP growth. The forecast presentations will also focus on the leading risks still facing the global, national, state, and regional economy.

A panel discussion called “For the Sake of Growth: Building Entrepreneurs and Companies in the Inland Empire,” will follow the forecasts. Participants are:
Bob Stapleton, founder and CEO of VoiceStream Wireless. He is an entrepreneur, a professional cyclist and a graduate of UC Riverside;
Tim Greenleaf, managing director of Fairmont Capital. A UCR graduate, he is on several boards of both private and public companies and was the first investor in the banking franchise Green Dot Corporation.
Brian Hawley, chairman and CEO of Luminex, a software company based in Riverside. He is the current president of the Riverside Chamber of Commerce. He is a UCR graduate, and a member of the UC Riverside Foundation Board of Trustees.
Rusty Bailey, Mayor of the City of Riverside. Mayor Bailey has been a strong advocate for economic growth and development for the region. He will share what what the city is doing to develop employers and opportunities in the region.
Darin Anderson will facilitate the panel discussion. He is the chairman and CEO of Salas O’Brien Engineering, a 170-person engineering firm. He also is an active investor and chairman of two other private companies. A graduate of UCR, he serves on the UCR Foundation Board of Trustees.

The conference begins at 7 a.m. with registration and breakfast. The forecast and redevelopment discussion will be held from 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Campus students, staff and faculty can attend at a discount by putting in the code UCR2014.

In addition, about 225 high school students from the Riverside, San Bernardino and Alvord unified school districts will attend the conference. They will take part in two breakout sessions focused on leadership and financial literacy.

For more information about, or to register for, the event visit: http://bit.ly/1v0YlsN.

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