Summit2018-11-06T15:59:09+00:00

The 14th Annual Greater Palm Springs Economic Summit promises to be one of the most insightful and enlightening conferences of 2018. Whether you’re a business leader in the region or looking into moving or expanding your business here, this year’s Summit program will demonstrate why Greater Palm Springs is one of the best places to work and live.

Set for Thursday, November 8th at the Palm Springs Convention Center, the morning event will reveal the annual economic report and forecast and showcase our region’s business attraction strategies and goals to ‘focus on creating a prosperous future’ in Greater Palm Springs.

Seating is very limited.  Registration information is available here.

Featured Speakers

Manfred W. Keil

Keil is an Associate Professor and the former Chairman of the Faculty at the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna College. Professor Keil is a Fellow at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government and a Research Associate at the Lowe Institute of Political Economy at CMC. He has a history of working on various aspects of business cycles and comparative economic performance (Journal of Macroeconomics, Oxford Economic Papers, Southern Economic Journal, and Canadian Public Policy). More recently, Keil has written papers on the employment effects of minimum wages and the recession of 2009. Both papers were listed among SSRN’s top 10 downloads in their respective categories.

Dean L. Bresciani, Ph.D

As President of North Dakota State University since 2014, Dean L. Bresciani, Ph.D., a national leader in higher education with over 35 years-experience is a welcomed addition to this year’s Greater Palm Springs Economic Summit. President Bresciani’s topic, “Transforming seasonal economies with higher education and state of the art bandwidth” is most relevant in today’s expanding Coachella Valley economy.

Ankur Gopal

Gopal, the CEO of Interapt, was named the 2016 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Mr. Gopal has served as a featured speaker on the subjects of IT (information technology) apprenticeships and training displaced workers to write code from rural areas. He has spoken at the 2018 TEDx Palo Alto, and Interapt has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico and the Daily Show. Ankur’s hobby of being a stand-up comedian enables him to address sensitive topics in a non-threatening manner.