An estimated 200 economic-development professionals from all parts of the nation will gather in Long Beach on Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 for sessions on how to identify and promote development opportunities that enhance a community's assets.
"Building on Local Assets: Development Strategies That Work" is being sponsored by the National Council for Urban Economic Development in cooperation with the city of Long Beach and the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission.
John Gilchrist, president of Ernest W. Hahn Inc., San Diego, will be the featured speaker at the conference at the Hyatt Regency hotel.
The downtown Long Beach redevelopment project--a public-private effort that has generated $1.7 billion in new private investment in the city's downtown area and helped turn around the city's economy--will be featured, along with other noteworthy projects that exemplify successful approaches to local economic development.
The National Council for Urban Economic Development, founded in 1967 to conduct research and disseminate information on the practice of urban economic development, is a nonprofit membership organization drawing members from both the public and private sectors.