CSUB’s Dr. Abbas Grammy to discuss local economics at Summit

CSUB, in conjunction with the Kern Economic Development Corporation and Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, with host the 11th annual Kern County Economic Summit on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bakersfield.

Economists, including CSUB’s own Dr. Abbas Grammy, and business leaders will present valuable information designed to educate and broaden perspectives of international, national, and regional economies, and how each influences the growth and future of Kern County.

Presenters include: Jim Beck, general manager, Kern County Water Agency; Yelena F. Takhtamanova, economist, economic outreach and research, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Barry Hibbard, principal, Central Valley Investments; Abbas P. Grammy, Ph.D., professor of economics at CSUB. The keynote address will be delivered by John Husing, Ph.D., a leading authority on the forces that shape the Southern California economy.

Dr. Husing’s keynote address will delve into an in-depth analysis of Kern County’s economy, reviewing issues that include the current demographics of the region, the status of employment, housing, the latest agricultural numbers, and quality of life numbers, including those associated with the school system and law enforcement. He will also comment on the important issues leaders should be considering as the region moves forward economically.

“We will provide valuable information and discussion which will broaden perspectives on how regional, state, national and international issues affect our local economy, while providing a forum to discover ways to sustain and advance economic prosperity in our growing region,” said Richard Chapman, president and CEO of the Kern Economic Development Corporation. “We are especially excited to include renowned business speakers who will focus on water and logistics as they relate to our future growth.” Chapman added.

Tickets for the Summit are now available online at www.kedc.com, or by calling 661.862.5150. The event has sold out each year, and those interested in attending are encouraged to purchase tickets prior to March 17, 2011. Tickets are $100 each.

— CSUB Public Affairs and Communications