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Santa Barbara South County Economic Summit -- May 16, 2019 -- View Slides

May 16, 2019 -- Granada Theater, Santa Barbara
In our annual event, we provided an update to the community on the current economic trends in the County. This year's speakers discussed a variety of topics, including how current monetary policy affects the economy, the impact of financial innovation and bank regulations on local industries, and the state of the Santa Barbara County housing market. For more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please call Kenneth at (805) 893-5148.

    Speakers:
  • Neel Kashkari, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

  • Kathy Moe, Regional Director, FDIC

  • Peter Rupert, UCSB Economics and EFP


Santa Barbara North County Economic Summit -- May 7, 2019 -- View Slides

May 7, 2019 -- Allan Hancock College
Growing a City: Accommodating economic and population growth in the North County This year's event, "How to Grow a City," included a panel of local experts discussing how North County cities can accommodate a growing economy and population. For more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please call Kenneth at (805) 893-5148.

    Speakers:
  • Steve McCarty, McCarty Davis Commercial Real Estate

  • Shad Springer, City of Santa Maria

  • A.J. Cisney, Rancho Guadalupe

  • Bob Braitman, Braitman & Associates

  • Peter Rupert, UCSB Economics and EFP


Santa Barbara County Mid-Year Report
January 27, 2019 -- Alisal Ranch
In this annual event, we provided an update of the state of the Santa Barbara County's North Coast, including a robust discussion of the "four S's": the Shutdown, Slowdown, Smackdown, and Showdown. In our discussion, we touch on the economic impact of the government shutdown, explore whether there really is a growth slowdown, present potential impacts of the US-China trade war, and highlight the issues surrounding Califronia's pension obligations.

    Speakers:
  • Peter Rupert, UCSB Economics and EFP

  • Jason Stillwell, City Manager, Santa Maria

  • Jim Throop, City Manager, Lompoc

  • Marc Bierdzinski, City Manager, Buellton

  • Brad Vidro, Former City Manager, Solvang

  • Rick Haydon, City Manager, Solvang


League of Cities
December 12, 2018 -- Municipal Finance Institute, San Francisco
The talk gave some perspective to the current stance of our economy, globally and locally. Topics included housing, financial issues and the effects of tariffs on our economy.


Thomas Fire and the Montecito Debris-Flow
March 28, 2018 -- Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara
The Economic Forecast Project was honored to receive the Best Community Presentation Award for our work studying the economic impact of the recent fires and subsequent mudslides.

    Speakers:
  • Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner

  • Peter Rupert, UCSB Economics and EFP

  • Nina Johnson, Senior Assistant to the City Administrator, City of Santa Barbara

  • Kathy Janega-Dykes, President & CEO of Visit Santa Barbara

  • Betsy Schaffer, Assistant Auditor-Controller for Santa Barbara County

  • Joe Holland, County Clerk, Recorder, and Assesor for Santa Barbara County


Archived Events

League of Cities -- December 13, 2017 -- View Slides
South County Midyear Report -- January 26, 2017 -- View Slides
North County Midyear Report -- January 12, 2017 -- View Slides
League of Cities -- December 1, 2016 -- View Slides
Ventura CPA Forum -- May 25, 2016 -- View Slides
South County Midyear Report -- May 5, 2016 -- View Slides
North County Midyear Report -- January 14, 2016 -- View Slides