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The HB Business Journal
Edition 1 - Issue 6
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30th Annual Economic Conference

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The 30th Annual Economic Conference returns on Wednesday, April 19, 2017! The event will be held at Golden West College Theater from 8:00 - 11:30 AM.

Wallace Walrod Ph. D. - Chief Economic Advisor
Wallace Walrod, Ph. D.
Chief Economic Advisor


Dr. Walrod has been in charge of research at the Orange County Business Council for the last 20 years.  Dr. Walrod has led strategic projects with organizations including JP Morgan Chase, Allergan, Toshiba America Information Systems, Hitachi Chemical, Merrill Lynch, The Irvine Company, First American Corporation, Citizens Business Bank, Bank of America, Los Angeles Business Council, California Emerging Technology Fund, Wexford Capital, Next 10, Orange County Community Foundation, California Center for Regional Leadership, PacifiCare Health Systems, Fueling California, John Wayne Airport, Pacific Life Foundation, Orange County Development Board, Orange County Department of Education, County of Orange, City of Anaheim, City of Santa Ana, Protect California Jobs and Innovation Coalition, James Irvine Foundation, Deloitte, Inland Empire Economic Partnership, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, Orange County Transportation Authority, Southern California Association of Governments, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Viewpoint Learning, and Pacific Gas & Electric.

Dr. Walrod is also the Founding President of the Center for a New California, which plays a key role in shaping the state’s economic future by focusing on emerging economic trends.  His work includes designing innovative program, strategy, and policy solutions for private industry, government, and private foundations, including the Orange County Community Indicators, Workforce Assessment Indicators, Orange County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), the first ever Sustainable Communities Strategy addressing climate change issues at the local and regional levels, Workforce Housing Scorecard, Workforce Housing Toolkit, and Public Officials 101, Additionally, he is a lead economist and economic advisor to the Southern California Association of Governments economic strategy initiative, directs research and policy for Fueling California, a coalition of major California fuel consumers,  is an Expert in Residence at UC Irvine’s Institute for Innovation, and on the Advisory Boards of 2-1-1- OC and the Social Science Research Center at Cal State Fullerton.

Dr. Walrod graduated with a PhD in Regional Economics from UC Irvine.  His dissertation studied successful strategic management practices in high-tech firms, including advanced electronics and biotechnology.  He has published three papers co-authored with Luis Suarez-Villa in Disasters, Journal of International Biotechnology, and Urban Studies, the latter winning the 1997 Donald Robertson Memorial Prize.  He is quoted frequently in the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Entrepreneur, and other publications on economic and business matters.

    Featured panelists include representatives from the Port of Long Beach, John Wayne Airport, City of Huntington Beach, City of Westminster and Coast Community College District.

Take a look at last year's recap of the Economic Conference!