The Economic Forecast Project (“EFP”) was established in 1981 by the Department of Economics at UC Santa Barbara to provide the community with information on economic, demographic, real estate, and regional business trends in the Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura County areas. While the tri-county area remains part of the regional analysis, EFP currently maintains a board of directors for North and South Santa Barbara County. Our primary research activity is the collection and analysis of data to enhance the decisions made by businesses, as well as nonprofits and public policy officials. EFP monitors the status of the economy and provides clear, comprehensive, independent, and non-partisan analysis of economic trends in the local area. EFP relies on the latest dependable data sources, including the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic Development Department of California, and California Department of Finance, as well as many local data sources.
EFP is a research program supported by community sponsors and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor. Oversight is provided by two Advisory Boards of Directors: one representing South Santa Barbara County, and the other representing North Santa Barbara County.