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The LAEDC 2017-2018 Economic Forecast

Join us February 22, 2017 to gain valuable insight on the regional, national and international economy, as LAEDC hosts its annual Economic Forecast in Downtown Los Angeles.  This year we also explore the Latino community’s role in LA County’s economy, and pertinent issues affecting regional Latino businesses and workforce.

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LAEDC Members at $5,000+ level receive (2) complimentary passes
LAEDC Member Rate: $105
General Public Rate (until January 23, 2017): $135
General Public Rate (after January 23, 2017): $165
Student Rate: $55 (Students must provide Student Identification upon check-in at the event)

Table of 10 (General Public): $1450
Table of 10 (Member Rate) : $800
Exhibit Table Fees
General Public Rate: $500
Member Rate: $350

Program Book Ad Rates
Full Page Ad: $500
Half Page Ad: $250

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, from 7 am-11 am at the Omni Hotel

251 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90012


The LAEDC Economic Forecast is Southern California’s premier source for in-depth economic forecasting and analysis on LA County and the surrounding areas. This year, the Economic Forecast will include our traditional overview of the global, national and local economy.

We will also take a closer look at Los Angeles County’s Latino community as we present highlights from our third Spotlight on Communities pilot research project. This spotlight will provide economic data and insights about LA County’s Latino community.

Election Day brought heightened anxiety and unforeseen opportunities for many of Los Angeles’s Latino residents and businesses. Our panel discussion, Forecasting the Political and Economic Climate for Socal’s Latinos, will explore the post-election political and economic policy environments and priorities for the region’s Latino community. Given that Latinos currently account for 48% of LA County’s population, as goes the Latino community, so goes LA County.

Keynote Speaker

Steven Wieting, Managing Director and Citi Private Bank’s Global Chief Investment Strategist

steven-wieting-2016-photoSteven Wieting is responsible for formulating investment views and strategies on a macro basis and across asset classes. A member of Citi Private Bank’s Investments Leadership team, Steven has assumed the Chairmanship of the Global Investment Committee. Prior to his appointment as CPB’s Chief Strategist in early 2013, Steven served as Citi Investment Research’s lead economist for the US institutional equities business from 2000 to early 2013. Based in New York, he was responsible for advising the firm’s institutional and government clients globally on macroeconomic developments, forecasts and policy analysis. Steven has published extensively on demographic and policy challenges with a focus on the implications for long-term asset market performance.

During his time at Citi, Steven has examined credit, commodity and foreign exchange market influences while providing the firm’s corporate earnings forecasts and macro level equity market insights. He was also economic advisor to the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Global Investment Committee until early 2013 and was a voting member of predecessor Asset Allocation Committees at Citi.

Prior to joining Smith Barney in 1996, Steven was an economics correspondent with Dow Jones, where he followed financial markets, economic forecasts and reported on the views of Federal Reserve policymakers. He also served as a contributor to The Wall Street Journal’s “Credit Markets” column. Previously, Steven worked for the US Department of Commerce. Steven received an M.S. in Quantitative Economics at Baruch College. He also has acquired credits toward a Ph.D. in Economics at the City University Graduate Center.

Featured Speaker

Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor, Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity; Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE); Director, USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII)

Prof_Manuel_PastorDr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC and USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC.

Dr. Pastor’s research has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities – and the social movements seeking to change those realities. His recent book Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America’s Metro Areas, co-authored with Chris Benner (UC Press 2015), argues how inequality stunts economic growth and how bringing together equity and growth requires concerted local action. Dr. Pastor speaks frequently on issues of demographic change, economic inequality, and community empowerment and has contributed opinion pieces to such outlets as the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, the Huffington Post, and many others. He served as a member of the Commission on Regions appointed by California’s Speaker of the State Assembly.

Economic Forecast

Dr. Christine Cooper, Senior Vice President, Institute for Applied Economics, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

ChristineCooper2014In her position at the LAEDC, Dr. Cooper designs, manages and conducts research studies on regional issues undertaken by the Institute for Applied Economics, such as economic impact studies, regional industry analyses, economic forecasts, and issue studies related to the L.A. County Strategic Plan for Economic Development. Her fields of expertise include development economics, environmental economics, regional analysis, and urban sustainability.

While at the LAEDC, Dr. Cooper has conducted many economic and fiscal impact projects for a variety of public agencies and private companies, including: California Film and TV Tax Credit; City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board (Industries and Occupations of the Next Decade); Los Angeles City Department of Water and Power (ongoing operations and capital improvement programs); Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (numerous Measure R-funded projects and ongoing operations); Los Angeles International Airport in 2011; Southern California Association of Governments (Regional Transportation Plan 2012; Economic Recovery Plan); Hospital Association of Southern California; and many others. Additionally, the department has designed a variety of demographic and workforce development reports.

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Forecasting the Political and Economic Climate for LA County’s Latinos–Panel Discussion Points:

  • As the regional economy moves increasingly from a more labor-intensive production economy to a more capital-intensive, innovation-oriented one, many Latinos are being left further behind with the transition away from that “industrial age” economy. Outside of education and workforce development—which are both givens, what do we, as regional leaders, need to do to ensure that more Latinos meaningfully participate in this new economy?
  • On both the left and right, “trade” has been portrayed as the economic “boogeyman” responsible for the diminution of our nations’ and LA’s industrial base, middle wage job losses, and growing income disparity. Has U.S. trade policy since NAFTA hurt or helped the economic prospects for LA County’s Latino community over the last quarter century?
  • Regulations have been a target of the incoming administration and new (115th) Congress. Here locally, what are some regulations that have been particularly onerous for Latino-owned businesses?
  • By building defenses to protect families and workers from the threat of deportation, California and many local governments across the state are heading for a potential confrontation with the federal government. Are we heading dangerously close towards a constitutional crisis?

Panel moderator and panelists will be announced soon! 

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