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ONTARIO: California Economic Summit coming this week

ONTARIO: California Economic Summit coming this week


What: A coalition of civic leaders committed to sustainable growth, packing a 10-year action plan to save water, build affordable housing and create a pathway for middle-skill jobs.

When: Thursday, Nov. 12, and Friday, Nov. 13.

Where: Double Tree Inn by Hilton Ontario Airport, 222 N. Vineyard Ave., Ontario.

Information: www.caeconomy.org

Presenters include: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom; Treasurer John Chiang; Controller Betty Yee; Secretary John Larid; UC President Janet Napolitano; CSU Chancellor Timothy White; Assemblymembers Chad Mayes and Jose Medina; Granillo; and Long Beach City College president Eloy Ortiz Oakley.

Participants include: California Emerging Technology Fund; Capital Action Team; California Futures Foundation; Inland Empire Economic Partnership; Southern California Association of Governments; US Bank; California Community Colleges Board of Governors; Pacific Gas and Electric Co.; Silicon Valley Leadership Group; WaterSmart.com; Solutions from the Land; The Nature Conservancy; Sustainable Conservation; Lewis Homes; Eden Housing; Kennedy Commission; Stice & Block; Los Angeles Economic Developmetn Corp.; ProAmerica Bank; The Pacific Companies; Fair Shake Commission; and McKinsey & Co.

The California Economic Summit of 2015 is coming to Ontario, and it’s already set to grapple with 1 million challenges.

The two-day event, which convenes Thursday at Double Tree by Hilton Ontario Airport, will involve a series of panel discussions and keynote speeches to challenge a broad coalition of public, private and civic leaders to work together as a region to tackle widening opportunity gaps, rising housing prices and dwindling water supplies in the state.

Jania Palacios, a summit spokeswoman, said several hundred participants will be challenged to develop a plan to produce one million more homes, one million more skilled workers; and to produce, conserve and re-use one million more acre-feet of water each year for a decade.

A playbook will be handed out for that journey, Palacios said.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla is on tap to make the welcoming remarks. Interactive strategy sessions will be a key focus. A state assembly committee hearing will also be held on jobs, economic development and the economy.

The summit, a collaboration of California Forward and the California Stewardship Network, represents the culmination of a year-round effort over four years to create strategies and action plans for sustainable growth across the state.

Paul Granillo, CEO of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, said having the event come to Ontario emphasizes the significance the region has in the statewide economy.

Since the first California Economic Summit in 2012, Palacios said more than 700 experts and leaders from business, government, academia, labor and environmental groups have worked with action teams at the regional, local and state level to get to this point.

The effort now is being tailored to each of the state’s diverse economic regions.

This is the first time California Forward has brought the summit to the Inland region. Because the Inland region is home to 4.3 million people, and is one of the fastest-growing regions in the state, Palacios said it makes sense to harness regional collaboration in Ontario.

To see a full agenda of the two-day event that’s sponsored by Inland Empire Economic Partnership and the Southern California Association of Governments, or to register, visit: www.caeconomy.org

Contact the writer: 951-368-9423 or dgruszecki@pe.com

Press Enterprise : Real Estate