/ Did you know the San Gabriel Valley is one of the most prominent hubs for FDI (foreign direct investment) in Southern California? 

What makes the San Gabriel Valley unique is its growing global financial influence that has made this region an emerging leader in Southern California. Thank you for coming to the 2018 SGV Economic Forecast Summit to connect with business and civic leaders and receive timely and valuable financial insights to help your to succeed in this global age.

  1. Global and State Forecast 
  2. State, County, and the San Gabriel Valley Forecast
  3. From Citrus Paradise to Knowledge City
  4. Tetra Tech - Company Overview
  5. California Housing Crunch: Dr. Gerde Welke, Dr. Oscar Wei, and Brad Jensen
  6. The Future of Work: Dr. Bill Scroggins

Title Sponsor: 

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

/ Economic Forecast Speakers:

Chris Ainsworth/  US Trust

Chris Ainsworth is the Managing Director and the Regional Investment Executive for the Greater Los Angeles and Pacific South West regions within U.S. Trust. He is responsible for delivering customized wealth management solutions to high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth families. Chris has been a regular speaker and commentator on the financial service industry including CNN, CNNfn, and other media outlets.

Somjita Mitra, Ph.D. Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation 

Dr. Somjita Mitra is the Director of the Institute for Applied Economics at LAEDC. Her focus is in regional analysis, economic impact studies and the industrial and occupational structure of local economies. Dr. Mitra received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Master of Arts in Politics, Economics and Business as well as her Ph.D. in Economics from Claremont Graduate University.

/ Featured Speaker:

Michael Woo/  Cal Poly Pomona

Michael Woo is Dean of the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona, one of the main producers of architects, landscape architects, urban planners, and graphic designers working in California. Woo was the first trained urban planner and the first Asian American elected to the Los Angeles City Council. For eight years, he represented the Hollywood area where he initiated the Hollywood Redevelopment Plan that underlies the current revitalization of the Hollywood commercial core and also played a key role choosing the route and station locations for the Metro Red Line system. A native of Los Angeles and a member of one of the first Chinese American families to move to Monterey Park in the 1960s, Woo is a product of public schools, from kindergarten to Alhambra High School to his B.A. from UC Santa Cruz and his Master of City Planning degree from UC Berkeley.

/ Featured Speaker:

Judith Ibarra-Bianchetta/  Tetra Tech

With 400 offices worldwide and its headquarters in Pasadena, Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting and engineering services. Tetra Tech’s innovative, sustainable solutions help clients address water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development challenges. Judith is the Vice President and Director of Client Services for Tetra Tech. Judith is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.

/ Breakout Session:

California's Housing Crunch/ 

presented by Dr. Gerd Welke, Cal Poly Pomona’s Real Estate Research Council; Dr. Oscar Wei, California Association of Realtors, C.A.R; and Brad Jensen, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership


The Future of Work/   presented by Dr. Bill Scroggins, President, Mt. San Antonio College

Major changes in the workplace are having an accelerating effect on the workforce, on businesses that employ those workers, and on the education and training needs of that workforce. Does technology increase productivity, produce more jobs that it eliminates, and improve the quality of work? Or are automation, the gig economy, and the Internet of Things contributing to economic inequality, employment stagnation, and declining productivity? What can business and education do to adapt to accelerating change in the workplace? Is it “Innovate or Die” and “Just-in-Time Reskilling”? Or is there a business strategy, a job transition mechanism, and a training plan that can keep our economy and our quality of life improving generation after generation? Come hear the right questions and the latest insights from an experienced educational leader and a noted entrepreneurial innovator.



Sponsorship Opportunities available (download here): Please contact Christina Garcia, at cgarcia@sgvpartnership.org or call 626-856-3400. 

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