About The Conference
Did you know that the Inland Empire is the 15th largest labor market in the United States? That it is home to nearly 2 million working residents?
That’s on par with Houston, Atlanta, and Washington DC.
But the IE is different from similarly sized markets in a critical way: It has no ‘downtown’. No ‘urban core’ where jobs are densely located. Instead, jobs are scattered across the region and a huge share of the population drives west daily, to reach the coastal economies where they work.
What does this dynamic mean for business creation and economic development in the region?
Is the creation of an urban core, dense with jobs, the way to develop and grow the local economy?
Would an urban core appeal more to new businesses and do more to expand current ones?
What positive or negative impacts might arise for workers and local residents?
What are the implications for real estate and real estate development?
How would economic development agencies promote an urban core?
What are the major impediments to developing one?
The 2017 conference brought together some of the state’s leading economists and urban planning experts who delivered fresh, data-driven insights about where the U.S., California, and Inland Empire economies are headed, and about the region’s urban future.
When it comes to development, the future doesn’t happen, it is created by today’s decisions.
Chief Operating Officer
Ontario International Airport Authority
Emcee & Welcome
Speaker of the California Assembly
Sixty-Third Assembly District
Director, Center for Economic Forecasting & Development
U.S. & California Economic Forecast
Executive Director of Research, Center for Economic Forecasting & Development
Inland Empire Economic Forecast
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA
Urban Inland Empire
Take Aways & Benefits
Conference participants receive:
The 2017 Inland Empire Economic Forecast Conference Book, complete with data and graphics illustrating where housing prices, employment, personal income, and other major economic indicators are heading
Quarterly updates to the forecast by email
The opportunity to network with hundreds of government and business leaders from across the region