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Pacific hosts 2016 State of the North San Joaquin Valley Conference

State of the North San Joaquin Valley Conference 2016

The Center for Business and Policy Research (CBPR) at University of the Pacific is hosting the third North San Joaquin Valley (NSJV) conference on Nov. 3 at the Nirvaana Events center in Tracy.

Area businesses, government and the public are invited to attend this event sponsored by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation. This year's conference will discuss key socioeconomic challenges and opportunities facing the NSJV and bring regional leaders together to identify areas where regional collaboration could be fruitful.

Consisting of three adjoining California counties - San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced - the NSJV region has a population of more than 1.5 million residents. While it is noted for a large variety of agricultural products, most of the region's population lives in its growing cities, including Stockton, Modesto and Merced. The NSJV is also an intersection of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Sacramento Capital Region and the South San Joaquin Valley Region. The NSJV's changing relationships with these regions distinguish it as a cohesive area and substantially define its economic future.

This morning conference event will feature three sessions. In the first session, The Bay Area Council Economic Institute will present its report entitled, "Northern California Megaregion: Innovative, Connected and Growing." It explores the many rail, road, labor, goods movement and innovation connections that currently exist between the Bay Area, the NSJV, the Monterey Bay Area and the Sacramento Area. Their analysis provides evidence of a growing integration among these once-independent regions as they seek to take advantage of the megaregion's geographic scale to maximize economic returns. It also highlights urgent environmental and economic imperatives in planning to accommodate future population and job increases in a manner that does not stop at regional borders but extends across the megaregion.

In the second session, the CBPR will present the second annual NSJV Index, which contains a variety of indicators on the region, such as the economy, human capital, health and housing focusing on the NSJV. The session will highlight emerging and developing economic issues across the region and include economic and demographic outlooks.

The third and final session is focused on small business in the NSJV and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. It will begin with a brief overview of the CBPR's inaugural NSJV Small Business Survey. Valley Vision's Meg Arnold will facilitate a panel discussion in the remainder of the session. The panel will discuss the importance of having or creating a robust ecosystem of resources to support an entrepreneurial culture. Topics covered in this panel include a review of the components of an entrepreneurial ecosystem and a discussion of different types of entrepreneurs and stages of business startups. Local practitioners on the panel will reflect on the NSJV regional experience and their organizations' contributions to it.

The Nirvaana Banquet and Event Center in Tracy, where the conference will occur, is located at 1005 East Pescadero Ave. A networking reception will follow the event. Seating is limited, but free tickets for the conference are still available to individuals who pre-register. For further details and to register, visit Eventbrite.com and search for the 2016 NSJV or go to the event site at: http://2016nsjv.eventbrite.com/

About the Center for Business and Policy Research
Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research was founded in 2004. The center, known for independent, objective analyses of business, economic and public policy issues, produces economic forecasts of California and eight metropolitan areas in Northern and Central California, in depth studies of regional economic and policy issues and conducts custom studies for a variety of public and private sector clients. The center is a jointly housed in the Eberhardt School of Business and the McGeorge School of Law and has offices at the Sacramento and Stockton campuses. For more information, visit Pacific.edu/CBPR

About University of the Pacific
Founded in 1851 as the first chartered institution of higher education in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes and a supportive and engaging culture. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful private university campuses in the West, the Stockton Campus offers more than 80 majors in seven schools. The university's distinctive Northern California footprint also includes its San Francisco Campus, home to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and new graduate programs in health, food and technology fields, and Sacramento Campus, home to the McGeorge School of Law and new graduate programs in health, education, business, public policy and analytics. For more information, visit www.pacific.edu.

Contact:
Thomas Pogue | Associate Director CBPR | 209.946.2913 (office) | 209.327.2783 (cell) | tpogue@pacific.edu