Summit News

HIGH DESERT ECONOMIC SUMMIT ANNOUNCES KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR APRIL 25TH EVENT

VICTORVILLE, CA – On Wednesday, the High Desert Economic Summit announced that Dr. Christopher Thornberg will return to the Hilton Garden Inn for the April 25th summit. The regional economic conference is presented by Desert Valley Hospital / Desert Valley Medical Group.

Dr. Thornberg is a founding partner of Beacon Economics, LLC and is widely considered to be one of the nation’s leading economists. An expert in economic forecasting, regional economics, employment and labor markets, and industry and real estate analysis, he was one of the earliest predictors of the subprime mortgage crash that begin in 2007. 

His keynote presentation on April 25th will provide a powerful analysis of data to offer local businesses, government agencies, developers, and investors with honest information to enhance the long-term decision making for our local business community. Dr. Thornburg’s presentation will focus specifically on the local and regional economy in the High Desert. 

“With the success of the 2016 economic summit, we are pleased to welcome back Dr. Christopher Thornberg for 2017 – he offers a tremendous amount of insight into the economic conditions that affect our local High Desert Communities,” said Eric Schmidt, President of the Victor Valley College Foundation. 

The 2017 High Desert Economic Summit will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Victorville, CA on April 25, 2017. Tickets can be purchased for $75 at www.highdeserteconomicsummit.com. Proceeds from this event will support the charitable purposes of the Victor Valley College Foundation. For more information, contact Catherine Abbott at (760) 245-4271 ext. 2523.

CITY OF HESPERIA TO UNVEIL REGIONAL WORKFORCE STUDY AT ECONOMIC SUMMIT

VICTORVILLE, CA - The 2016 High Desert Economic Summit is shaping up to be a must-attend event packed full of local economic information. What is really going to set this Summit apart is the results of a major study undertaken by the City of Hesperia’s Economic Development Department. Completed over the course of nearly six months, the analysis, incorporates verifiable and credible workforce statistics sources that paints an interesting picture of the High Desert’s workforce.

Generally, workforce and economic development professionals will use state data to compile statistics on a regional level. The problem is that most “local area” data are included into what is known as a Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA. The five incorporated High Desert communities reside within the San Bernardino-Riverside-Ontario MSA. “What it means is that our communities are lumped in with other, larger cities such as San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, and Riverside,” says James Johnson, Director of Grants Development and Contract Education at Victor Valley College. “It is a challenge for us as workforce developers to dial in what is really going on here in our own backyard because trying to benchmark Victorville to say, Riverside or even Rancho, is not an apples-to-apples comparison. This study is going to help us tremendously.”

The 50-plus page document covers localized topics such as:

  • Population numbers and distribution
  • Percentage of “Active Workers” in the area
  • Workforce patterns broken out by industry sector
  • Largest employers and major industries
  • Profiles of the High Desert’s incorporated cities

Perhaps the most anticipated component of the study will reveal exactly how many residents of the High Desert commute out of the region for work. Lisa LaMere, Economic Development Management Analyst for Hesperia, said, “There hasn’t been a regional workforce report since 1995 as to how many commuters are driving down the hill. We now have that number, which will be revealed at the Summit.” Commuting patterns are important because they represent the leakage of top talent out of the High Desert. In addition to the number of commuters, the report also maps the workplace area of those commuters. Ms. LaMere adds, “Ultimately, we hope that the data in this report provides a foundation for more deliberation and the motivation for regional stakeholder participation to address any workforce challenges.”

The High Desert Economic Summit event, presented by Desert Valley Hospital, will be held on May 5th at the Hilton Garden Conference Center on Mariposa Road in Victorville from 8am to 12pm. Everyone in attendance will receive a portfolio containing this one-of-a-kind study. Please visit www.highdeserteconomicsummit.com for more information.

HIGH DESERT ECONOMIC SUMMIT ANNOUNCES KEYNOTE SPEAKERS FOR MAY 5th EVENT

VICTORVILLE, CAThe Victor Valley College Foundation announced that Dr. Christopher Thornberg will headline the 2016 High Desert Economic Summit. The regional economic conference presented by Desert Valley Hospital and Desert Valley Medical Group will be held May 5, 2016.

Dr. Thornberg is a founding partner of Beacon Economics, LLC and is widely considered to be one of the nation’s leading economists. He is an expert in economic forecasting, regional economics, employment and labor markets, and industry and real estate analysis, he was one of the earliest predictors of the subprime mortgage crash that begin in 2007. 

His presentation at the May 5th event will provide a robust analysis of data to offer local developers, businesses, governments and investors with actionable information to enhance long-term decision making in our local community. His presentation will focus specifically on the local and regional economy in San Bernardino County.

“Dr. Christopher Thornberg has a solid handle on what makes the High Desert economy tick. He offers a tremendous amount of insight into the conditions affecting our region,” said Eric Schmidt President of the Victor Valley College Foundation. “Anyone who wants to be successful here should consider attending the High Desert Economic Summit.” 

In addition to Thornberg’s keynote, Dr. Dino Bozonoles of Victor Valley College will be examining the workforce crisis and discussing how millennials fit into an emerging enterprise. Millennials are the largest generations in history and they are about to move into their prime spending years. Undoubtedly, millennials are poised to reshape the economy; their unique experiences will change the ways we buy and sell, forcing high desert businesses to examine how they do business for decades to come. 

The 2016 High Desert Economic Summit will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Victorville, CA on May 5, 2016. Tickets can be purchased for $75 at www.highdeserteconomicsummit.com. Proceeds from this event will support the charitable purposes of the Victor Valley College Foundation. For more information, contact Ginger Ontiveros at (760) 245-4271 ext. 2523.