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New economy forum set for 4-25

'Connecting the dots': A forum on the development of a new economy in the Coachella Valley

(April 19, 2002)

'Growing a new economy' is the first subject in a series of interactive forums for the business, political and educational communities of the desert region. It will be hosted by the University of California, Riverside on Thursday, April 25 in the City of Palm Desert council chamber.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the program between 9 and 11 a.m. The council chamber is at 73-710 Fred Waring Drive in Palm Desert.

The speakers are UCR scientists whose research provides solutions to community needs, such as alternative energy, biotechnology and bioremediation: findings that have practical applications for business development and improving the environment. They are Dr. William T. Frankenberger, Jr., professor of soil sciences; Dr. Robert C. Haddon, Distinguished Professor of chemistry and environmental engineering; and Dr. Joseph M. Norbeck, the Yeager Families Professor of environmental engineering.

A complementing panel will also provide comment on the business applications and community benefit for the ideas presented. It will include Richard J. Heckmann, former chairman and CEO of U.S. Filter; Donald H. Dye, dean of UCR’s A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management and former CEO of the Callaway Golf Company; Dr. Richard A. Luben, UCR professor of biomedical sciences; and Dr. David H. Warren, UCR acting chancellor and professor of psychology.

Reservations are not required to attend this event, but the public is encouraged to RSVP by calling (760) 341-6221 or by e-mailing to

This forum is presented by the UCR Office of Desert Programs.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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