There's no question about it, the high desert folks are very high on San Bernardino County's high desert.
They are ready to expound on the opportunities for commercial and industrial development Thursday at their Business Outlook Conference at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, 14800 7th St., Victorville.
Co-sponsored by High Desert Opportunity Inc. '87 and the San Bernardino County Economic Development Committee, the fifth annual conference is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a reception to follow, according to Larry Chimbole, event chairman, a former mayor of Palmdale and former state assemblyman.
Military, Business Sector
Speakers addressing various fields of activity are Alfred J. Gobar, economist; Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands); R. D. Hubbard, chairman of the board, AFG Industries Inc.; Jim Reinhardt, director of business development, California Department of Commerce.
Also, Col. Gerald R. Volloy, commander, 831st Combat Support Group, George Air Force Base; Jerry W. Farr, plant manager for Riverside Cement Co.; Fred Rosenberg, developer of Barstow Station and John Joyner, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
McGuire to Speak
Al McGuire, of NBC's "Game of the Week" program, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. The witty broadcaster has been associated with basketball as player, coach and commentator.
High Desert Opportunity Inc. is a nonprofit corporation staffed by volunteers from Chambers of Commerce, community, business and government agencies.
Participating communities are Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Big Bear, Daggett, Helendale, Hesperia, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Victorville and Wrightwood.
Sixty booths will be displayed at the fairgrounds, offering information on all facets of business locations and expansion.
Last year's conference, attended by 8,000, was a sell-out.