The 13th Annual Southern California Economic Summit

Resourcing the Region

Overview

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022
Sheraton Grand
Downtown Los Angeles
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On Thursday, Dec. 1, SCAG will host the 13th edition of our celebrated annual Southern California Economic Summit series.

The theme of this year’s summit is “Resourcing the Region.” Southern California is uniquely rich in both natural and economic resources. We are also leading the way financially, with a major influx of federal and state funding slated to come to the region. Still, there is a growing need for improvement in workforce development and education.

Leading voices in business industry, planning, public policy, housing, and academia will come together to assess the status of the region’s economy and define strategies for harnessing Southern California’s unique resources to maintain our status as a national and international economic powerhouse.

The summit will be held at the Sheraton Grand in downtown Los Angeles. Don’t wait to register: General Admission is $175 and the event is free for elected officials and city managers in the SCAG region. Online registration closes Nov. 28. On-site registration will be available on the day of the event via check or credit card only, no cash transactions.

Keynote Speaker and Program Preview

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Calvin Gladney
President and CEO, Smart Growth America

Mr. Gladney is a nationally recognized thought leader on the equitable and sustainable revitalization of communities. His talk will address the nexus between sustainability and economic opportunity, and how cities can harness them to implement effective solutions to our biggest challenges.

 

Additionally, panel sessions featuring a distinguished roster of industry leaders and economic experts will include: 

  • Southern California Economic Update – This session will debut original research and analysis of the current state of the regional economy, offering insights on the changing landscape and highlighting opportunities for growth. 
  • Resources that Set Southern California Apart – Southern California is uniquely rich in both natural and economic resources. This panel will define strategies for best harnessing these resources, spotlighting key industries and opportunity areas. 
  • Resources to Drive Economic Growth – In order to maintain our status as a national and international economic powerhouse, strong financial and human resources are essential. This panel will cover the major influx of federal and state funding for the region, as well as our workforce development needs. 
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Event Program

TIME

AGENDA

8:00 a.m.

REGISTRATION & NETWORKING

9:30 a.m.

WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS

  • Hon. Jan C. Harnik
    SCAG President and Mayor, City of Palm Desert

9:50 a.m.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ECONOMIC UPDATE

This session will debut original research and analysis of the current state of the regional economy, offering insights on the changing landscape and highlighting opportunities for growth.

  • Gigi Moreno, Ph.D.
    Senior Economist, SCAG

10:15 a.m.

MORNING PANEL: RESOURCES THAT SET SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA APART

  • Shane Blanchette
    Vice President of Continuous Improvement, QCD, a Golden State Foods company
  • Michael Krouse
    President/CEO, Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Rodney Smith
    President, Stratecon, Inc.

MODERATOR:

  • Lucy Dunn
    President and CEO Emeritus, Orange County Business Council (retired)

11:30 a.m.

LUNCH

12:15 p.m.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Calvin Gladney
    President & CEO, Smart Growth America

12:45 p.m.

AFTERNOON PANEL: RESOURCES TO DRIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH

In order to maintain our status as a national and international economic powerhouse, strong financial and human resources are essential. This panel will cover the major influx of federal and state funding for the region, as well as our workforce development needs.

  • Maria Cabildo
    Director of Housing and Economic Opportunity, California Community Foundation
  • Carolyn Hull
    General Manager, Department of Economic & Workforce Development, City of Los Angeles
  • Jackie Melendez
    Executive Director, Inland Economic Growth and Opportunity (IEGO)
  • Leslie Pollner
    Co-Chair, Local Government Group, Holland & Knight

MODERATOR:

  • Stephen Cheung
    Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation

2:00 p.m.

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