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Attendees at the 2023 Outlook Conference. / Laura Austin File Photo

Annual IWV Economic Outlook Conference set for Feb 22

Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce  Executive Director Rebecca McCourt–

The 37th Annual IWV Economic Outlook Conference is Thursday, February 22, 2024, at the Kerr McGee Center, 100 W. California Ave. For a glimpse into Ridgecrest’s economic future, business and industry leaders attend the annual Indian Wells Valley (IWV) Economic Outlook Conference (EOC), organized by the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce. The conference provides insight into current, local, state, and national economies and addresses topics of interest to the community.

A combination of nationally known speakers and local experts provides perspective on business, industry, education, and government issues. As the premiere economic forecast event in the region, speakers discuss the state of the local economy, the outlook for the year ahead, and the domestic and international policy changes that might affect local markets and business.

The 2024 Economic Outlook Conference will occur in person at the Kerr McGee Center on February 22nd. Beginning at 7:00 am with a Business Expo and Networking Breakfast, the program starts promptly at 8:00 am. The EOC will take an in-depth look at the Ridgecrest Outlook, Local Industry Outlook, and a business panel focusing on employee recruitment and retention strategies.

Please put it on your calendar because the EOC has a great list of speakers. Tickets are $45 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Contact the Ridgecrest Chamber at 760-375-8331 for more information.

Outlook agenda 

2024 IWV Economic Outlook Conference Agenda

The program begins at 8:00 am, Thursday, February 22, at the Kerr McGee Center, 100 W. California Ave

• Welcome, Colors, Invocation •  Elected Officials Videos• Presenting Sponsor – Cerro Coso, Dr. Hancock

• Mayor Bruen – City of Ridgecrest

  Supervisor Phillip Peters – Kern County 15 min Break • Sara Rizzardini – Real Estate 

  Assemblymember Vince Fong – Insurance in California

  Jim Suver – Ridgecrest Regional Hospital

15 min Break    George Croll- IWV Water District

  Dr. April Moore- SSUSD

• Carol Thomas-Keefer- IWV Groundwater Authority

15 min Break •   Captain Jeremy Vaughan, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake

  Dan Carreno, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division

  15 min Break     Business Panel

  Panelists – RRH, Desert Valleys, 760 Fitness, Cosner Neipp Corporation

Concluding Remarks Nick Wakley