Professors Present Research Exploring Inland Empire

Professors Present Research Exploring Inland Empire
Assistant professors of psychology and sociology Stacy McGoldrick and Faye Wachs at EMPIRE.
Business, Transportation and Housing Agency of California head Dale Bonner gives the keynote.
URP professor and chair Richard Willson presents research.

Nearly 200 business and community leaders attended Cal Poly Pomona's second annual EMPIRE Symposium on Nov. 7 at Kellogg West Conference Center.

EMPIRE offers the most comprehensive forecast of social, political and economic trends affecting the Inland Empire, one of the nation's fastest growing regions. The one-day symposium is the product of a unique partnership among Cal Poly Pomona, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the San Bernardino Sun and other community stakeholders.

EMPIRE gives several Cal Poly Pomona professors an opportunity to conduct a comprehensive phone survey of 1,000 households in order to collect, analyze and present research specific to the Inland Empire. Many of the research conclusions are drawn from the phone survey data.

Greg Hunter, associate professor of economics, presented his research at the symposium's opening session. His data provides a detailed look at local consumer sentiment, which is missing from national data.

Assistant professors of psychology and sociology Stacy McGoldrick and Faye Wachs analyzed people's perceptions of threat from terrorism and crime in the Inland Empire. They set out to define how opinions on these issues pertain to local and federal government and law enforcement, and how political affiliations impact the perceptions of threat.

Richard Willson, professor and chair, and assistant professor Dimitris Poulakidas of the Urban & Regional Planning (URP) department, presented information about how the region will cope with higher energy prices and mandates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Their data also include public opinion relating to regional traffic and commuting.

Aspects of the housing market were addressed by Julianna Delgado, assistant professor of URP, and Mike Reibel, professor of geography and anthropology.

Delgado focused on how the current housing market affects workforce retention. Her research takes a close look at available land along key transit corridors and the responses from local realtors and community leaders.

Reibel analyzed regional trends in the Inland Empire housing market and how and why they vary in different local areas. His research looks at default and foreclosure data, as well as housing data, providing current patterns and preferences for housing consumption.

Lynn Turner, professor of management & human resources, focused his research on the impact of the 900-plus distribution centers in Southern California, and their impact on the logistics and trucking industries. He also provided insight into how technology can improve efficiency in the Inland Empire's transportation corridors.

John Korey, professor of political science, analyzed the public's perspective on some of the region's economic and social issues. The research correlates with various demographic characteristics of those surveyed as well as respondents' political party identification.

Dale Bonner, head of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency of California, gave a keynote address, and elected officials Assemblyman Bob Huff and Pomona City Councilman Stephen Atchley attended.

The Daily Bulletin and Sun newspapers have provided comprehensive coverage of EMPIRE and the professors' research. Visit their special EMPIRE section for details.