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.
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    What does this dynamic mean for business creation and economic development in the region?

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    Is the creation of an urban core, dense with jobs, the way to develop and grow the local economy?

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    Would an urban core appeal more to new businesses and do more to expand current ones?

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    What positive or negative impacts might arise for workers and local residents?

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    What are the implications for real estate and real estate development?

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    How would economic development agencies promote an urban core?

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    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.

  • Bruce Atlas


    Chief Operating Officer

    Ontario International Airport Authority

    Emcee & Welcome

  • Honorable Anthony Rendon

    Anthony Rendon

    Speaker of the California Assembly

    Sixty-Third Assembly District

    Keynote Address

  • Dr. Christopher Thornberg


    Director, Center for Economic Forecasting & Development

    U.S. & California Economic Forecast


    Executive Director of Research, Center for Economic Forecasting & Development

    Inland Empire Economic Forecast

  • Michael Manville

    Michael Manville

    Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA

    Urban Inland Empire

Take Aways & Benefits

Conference participants receive:

Economic Insights

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

Regular Updates

Quarterly updates to the forecast by email

Networking Opportunities

The opportunity to network with hundreds of government and business leaders from across the region

Conference Location

Riverside Convention Center

3637 5th St. Riverside, CA 92501


Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors

Sponsorship helps to visibly establish your organization as a business leader committed to the economic vitality and success of the Inland Southern California region.

Gold Sponsors

Pacific Premiere Bank
Riverside County EDA

Silver Sponsors

Bank of America
Solar Max
KOLA 99.9
Press Enterprise

Bronze Sponsors

Community Bank
City of Moreno Valley
Provident Bank
Riverside Public Utilities

Creative Partner

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