Cal Lutheran CERF gives 2018 VC forecast

Conference to also cover impact of election, Latinos

Executive Director Matthew Fienup will present CERF’s once-a-year, in-depth assessment of the county’s economic performance and future. 

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(CAMARILLO, Calif. – Oct. 19, 2018) The 2018 Ventura County Economic Forecast Conference will feature analyses of local data, the Nov. 6 election results and the economic contributions of Latinos.

The annual event of the California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF) will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Serra Center in Camarillo. 

Executive Director Matthew Fienup will present CERF’s once-a-year, in-depth assessment of the county’s economic performance and future. He will also report on the California and United States economies.

CALmatters opinion columnist Dan Walters will discussthe Nov. 6 election results and their implications for Ventura County and California. Before writing for CALmatters, a nonprofit journalistic organization that distributes articles to dozens of California news outlets, Walters wrote more than 9,000 columns for the Sacramento Bee and Sacramento Union. He has been a journalist for nearly 60 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers.

Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, a founder of the Latino GDP Report, will talk about the size and significance of Latinos’ economic contribution in America. Hayes-Bautista is director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture and a Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on the dynamics of the health of the Latino population using both quantitative data sets and qualitative observations. 

Fienup is an expert on the economics of land use, urban growth restriction and environmental markets. He speaks frequently on these topics as well as on general economic outlooks for the nation, state and region. He teaches graduate courses in econometrics, macroeconomics and environmental economics.

Cal Lutheran’s CERF provides county, state and national forecasts and custom economic analysis for government, business and nonprofit organizations. The National Association for Business Economics, Reuters, NBC, The Washington Post, the Economist, CNN Money and Pulsenomics have included CERF forecasters in their surveys on economic policies and outlooks, home prices, jobs and the presidential election.

Registration fees, which include lunch and access to the full forecast, are $65 in advance and $75 at the door. To register, visit clucerf.org. For more information, contact Ashley Freas or Victoria Young at 805-493-3668.

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