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Economic, real estate conference planned

Posted: February 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Mark Schniepp, principle of California Economic Forecast, delivers the keynote speech at the 2011 Economic and Real Estate Outlook presentation at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on April 28.

The second annual Santa Clarita Valley Economic & Real Estate Outlook conference is set to take place Feb. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia hotel, and it’s expected to top last year’s event, said a spokesperson with the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp.

“We have three great speakers lined up and expect to sell out the Hyatt,” said Jonas Peterson, president and CEO of the SCVEDC.

Partnering once again, the SCVEDC and College of the Canyons are presenting this year’s economic conference. More than 250 people attended last year’s economic conference.

Dr. Mark Schniepp is returning this year as the event’s keynote speaker. An economist and the director of the California Economic Forecast, Schniepp will outline the issues and opportunities he sees for future growth around the state, particularly Southern California and Northern Los Angeles County.

Also providing a forecast at the conference is Dr. Bill Watkins, executive director of California Lutheran University’s Center for Economic Research and Forecasting and Wayne Yamano, vice president of John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Yamano is the director of research for the national real estate consulting firm.

“We realize how important these types of forecasts are for businesses that need to have a 12-month picture of what the economic trends will be and how that will affect the decisions they make,” Dr. Dena Maloney, vice president of economic development and the college’s Canyon Country campus, said earlier this year.

“Businesses that have detailed information like this can make more informed decisions, and are better positioned to enhance the economic recovery of the region,” Maloney said.

The Santa Clarita Valley often gets lumped in with Southern California when it comes to the economy, said  Peterson after last year’s conference, but the area has some distinct advantages over its neighbors.

“The Economic Outlook is a chance to look into the future of our valley,” Peterson said.

In addition to the presentations, all attendees receive a full research book with market information and projections reported the SCVEDC. 


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