EMPIRE 2006 Forecasts Social, Political and Economic Trends for Inland Empire


EMPIRE 2006 Forecasts Social, Political and Economic Trends for Inland Empire
Political Science Professor John Korey speaks at the EMPIRE symposium.
More than 150 academic researchers and business and community leaders attended EMPIRE 2006.
Robert Bruegmann, a nationally recognized historian of architecture landscape and the built environment, discusses
urban growth during the keynote address.

EMPIRE 2006, a daylong symposium that attracted more than 150 academic researchers and business and community leaders, provided a comprehensive forecast of social, political and economic trends for the Inland Empire.

Held May 10 at the Kellogg West Conference Center and Lodge, the event was co-sponsored by Cal Poly Pomona, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the San Bernardino Sun, Arrowhead Credit Union and Majestic Realty Co.

“Today's event is the culmination of two years of work from our faculty research team as well as the organizers,” said President Michael Ortiz. “We are honored to be a part of EMPIRE because the relationships we enjoy with our neighboring communities serve as one of our highest priorities. This is an extraordinary time for the Inland Empire and we are excited to be a part of it  now and forever.”

The opening session, Different Counties; Same Planet, provided a comparison of living and working in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Breakout session topics included: Inland Empire Economics; Voters and Public Policy; Future Workforce Expectations; and Inland Empire Housing 2020.

Robert Bruegmann, a nationally recognized historian of architecture landscape and the built environment, provided a keynote address at the luncheon. Bruegmann, professor of art history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, discussed his recent book Sprawl, offering a unique perspective on the long-term social and economic impact of urban growth.

Speakers from Cal Poly Pomona included:

  • Greg Hunter, assistant professor of Economics
  • John L. Korey, professor of Political Science
  • Jill Nemiro, associate professor of Psychology & Sociology
  • Michael Reibel, professor of Geography & Anthropology
  • Mohammad Safarzadeh, professor of economics
  • Faye Wachs, assistant professor of Psychology & Sociology

Other speakers included:

  • Esmael Adibi, director of the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research and Anderson Chair of Economic Analysis at Chapman University
  • Lyn Greene, political consultant
  • Jeremy S. Lurey, founder and principal of Plus Delta Consulting
  • Elham Shirazi, transportation, telework and telecommunity consultant

Additional details about EMPIRE are available at www.empiresymposium.com.