About the Conference

Steve PonTell (left), National CORE Chief Executive Officer and President;
Paavo Monkkonen (center), UCLA, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy;
Christopher Thornberg (right), UCR School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development Director



12th Annual Inland Empire Economic Forecast Conference

Growth, Change, and Renewal in a Post-Pandemic Economy 
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As the trauma of the COVID-19 recession fades in our collective rear view mirror, the economic outlook is a mix of robust business growth and new challenges – some of which are still unfolding in unexpected ways. 

  • On the backend of one of the most unusual business cycles in U.S. history, what’s changed and what hasn’t? 
  • Many parts of the economy have already returned to their pre-pandemic levels, even surpassing them. Will the next year bring a slower climb for the U.S., California, and the Inland Empire? 
  • Why are labor shortages so widespread? What does it mean for workers? For employers? And how long will it last?
  • How should state and federal resources be allocated to support sectors that continue to struggle? What’s behind the uneven recovery? 
  • Is persistent inflation in our future? What’s the Fed’s best next move? 
  • The Inland Empire is a major league region with minor league downtowns. Can local jurisdictions jumpstart a downtown renaissance? 


Join some of the nation’s leading economists as they help decipher the gains and pitfalls of the coming year.


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Wednesday, Nov. 10


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3:00 - 5:00 pm
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Virtual Conference


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View last year's conference videos

Full 2020 Conference video

Dr. Thornberg's 2020 presentation

Dr. Osman's 2020 presentation

Beverly Bailey, Stronghold Engineering, Inc. CEO and Dean’s Advisory Council & UCR Foundation Board of Trustees