LAEDC Annual Economic Forecast

The LAEDC Annual Economic Forecast has been a lightning rod for progress for the past decade. It’s L.A.’s most iconic forecast event. It’s a highly anticipated and publicly visible event, which offers attendees valuable insights on the economic projections for the regional economy.

The Economic Innovation Group (EIG), Zillow and CTBC Bank will collaborate to deliver recommendations, identify opportunities and propose solutions to protracted problems like housing and income inequality, with insights on where the smart money will be, as we address those challenges. Learn what’s next for Opportunity Zones from EIG, which originated the Opportunity Zone concept, and hear how developers can profitably drive startup activity in underserved communities. Zillow will explain the problems with the housing market and related policies that will help us build faster and deliver real solutions, with latest updates on the market.

02/19/2020 8:30am – 11:30am

Sheraton Grand at The Bloc
711 South Hope Street
Los Angeles CA 90017

Event Sponsors

Annual Economic Forecast Speakers

Shannon Sedgwick

Director, Institute for Applied Economics LAEDC

Bio coming soon.

Noor Menai

President and CEO, CTBC BANK

Bio coming soon.

Stephen Cheung

President, World Trade Center, L.A. and EXECUTIVE V.P. LAEDC

Bio coming soon.

Alexander Casey

Senior Policy Advisor, ZILLOW

Alexander joined Zillow as a policy analyst in the summer of 2016. He works on the Economic Research team, using Zillow’s research to contribute to current public policy concerning housing and the overall economy. Alexander is involved with a variety of policy issues including housing assistance, land use, finance and transportation. Prior to joining Zillow, Alexander worked at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office on consumer protection issues. Alexander holds an M.P.A. from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota.

Chris Slevin


Chris Slevin joined EIG as Vice President in 2019 after serving in the Senate, most recently as Senator Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) legislative director. Previously, Slevin served as an economic policy advisor for Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). For over a decade, Slevin contributed to efforts in the Senate on a number of issues, including the auto industry restructuring, the State Small Business Credit Initiative, and various trade bills. He spearheaded the effort to establish through Congress the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation program, which created 14 public-private advanced manufacturing hubs in economically distressed parts of the country, beginning in Youngstown, Ohio. Slevin is active in a number of outside groups and coalitions focused on workforce development and criminal justice reform. He attended Villanova University and The George Washington University.

Frank Mottek

Event MC & Moderator
Radio Host, Mottek on Money KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

Frank Mottek is the voice of business news in Los Angeles. An award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 25 years of experience, Frank currently anchors the business reports on CBS station KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO and, weekends he hosts Mottek on Money, the KNX signature radio show about business and all things related to the SoCal regional economy, which serves as the number one source for business and consumer news in Southern California.