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Economic forecasts the focus of breakfast

Economic forecasts the focus of breakfast

(November 14, 2000)

Editor's Note: Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend free of charge. Those planning to attend should notify Ricardo Duran by the Dec. 1 registration deadline, as space is limited.

The 7th Annual Inland Empire Economic Forecast Breakfast will examine the region's potential for growth in the year 2001. The Breakfast will be held from 7:30-10:30 a.m., Dec. 8, at the Riverside Convention Center.

Michael Bazdarich, director of the Inland Empire Economic Data Bank and Forecasting Center at the University of California, Riverside, will be joined by a panel of experts to probe the political, demographic and scientific aspects of the Inland Empire's future economic growth.

Economic signs look good as the region emerges from a slight slow down in the third quarter of this year, he said. "Slightly lower interest rates will look promising for the coming year. They'll unleash some of the strengths of the region, dramatic job growth and rising population."

Bazdarich, the keynote speaker, will forecast how national and state economic trends, and future interest rates will affect the two-county region. The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCR, City National Bank, The Business Press, and The Press-Enterprise sponsor the breakfast.

Cost to attend the breakfast is $40 per person or $350 to reserve a table for 10. The reservation deadline is Dec. 1. Reservations made after Dec. 1 will cost $50 per person or $400 for a table for 10. Joining Bazdarich are:
  • John J. Pitney, Jr., associate professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and senior research associate at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government. Pitney will discuss how politics will affect the economic life of the region.

  • UCR Political Science Professor Max Neiman will discuss land use issues in the region. Neiman is the director of the Center for Social and Behavioral Science at UCR, which issues an annual Inland Empire Survey of public attitudes in the two-county region.

  • Steven Angle, Dean of the College of Natural & Agricultural Science at UCR will outline how the proposed California Institute for Agricultural Genomics at UCR will spur local economic growth.

  • Peter Skerry, associate professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, will discuss the impact of the 2000 Census on the local economy. Skerry is also a senior research associate at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government.

For more information about event registration, call Les Cromwell at (909) 787-4105, ext. 1687.

More information about the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management is available by calling Assistant Dean for External Affairs Alan Lewis at (909) 787-4592.

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