Will there be a recession, are air taxis closer than we think, and how are Long Beach business owners supposed to prepare for 2023 are all questions that could get answered more later this month at an economic forum.
The Accelerate Long Beach Forum will discuss these and other business topics from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, September 29, in the Grand Ballroom at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. The event, organized by the nonprofit Long Beach Economic Partnership and Cal State Long Beach, will return live after taking place virtually in December.
Robert Kleinhenz, associate director of CSULB’s Bureau of Economic Research and director of Kleinhenz Economics, will present a report on economic trends. His report, the centerpiece of the morning, is expected to address the possibility of a recession, employment trends, consumer spending and housing demand, among other topics.
A special announcement from the Port of Long Beach was also promised, with Deputy Executive Director Noel Hacegaba topping the list.
There will also be a panel discussion on Advanced Air Mobility, which NASA defines as “the emergence of transformative airborne technology to transport people and cargo in new, community-friendly and cost-effective aircraft in rural and urban”.
Long Beach Airport Manager Cynthia Guidry will moderate. Scheduled attendees include Curt Castanga, president and CEO of the National Air Transportation Association; Emilien Marchand, director of ecosystem partnerships at Wisk Aero; and George Kivork, head of U.S. state and local policy at Joby Aviation.
Wisk Aero and Joby Aviation are both developing vertical take-off electric air taxis.
Emily Jameson, senior vice president and head of merchant banking market for Bank of America – the forum’s sponsor – will offer her perspective on Long Beach’s business opportunities and economic future.
Ryan Altoon and Randal Hernandez, current and former chairs of the LBEP Board of Directors, respectively, will give updates on the work being done by the nonprofit organization.
“Our theme for Accelerate 2022 is ‘Navigating the Future,’ as we know local businesses are hoping for more certainty and stability,” Altoon said in a statement. “We can help navigate this future by bringing together experts and data to share a holistic picture of the opportunities and challenges in our economy as we emerge from the pandemic and enter an era of what we know to be a inclusive economic growth, recovery and vitality. .”
Breakfast is included and parking will be validated. Tickets are $95 per person. Information: bit.ly/3QGShEo.