Over 225 policymakers, community and business leaders and ag and economic stakeholders attended the EconAlliance 2020 “Growing Possibilities” Ag Forum at the Santa Maria Fairpark February 6, 2020. The county’s lead economic driver, Santa Barbara County agriculture provides a $2.8 billion countywide economic impact and supports 25,000 jobs. EconAlliance, a nonprofit organization established to […]
Recap of EconAlliance 2018 Ag Forum “Growing Possibilities” On Friday, February 2, 2018, nearly 300 northern Santa Barbara County agriculture and economic stakeholders gathered at the Santa Maria Fairpark for the third annual “Growing Possibilities” Ag Forum (held previously in 2014 in Lompoc, 2016 in Santa Maria). The event was organized by an Ag Forum […]
Northern Santa Barbara County economic stakeholders gathered Thursday, November 9, 2017 for the EconAlliance annual dinner and Future Forum this year at Hotel Corque. Program highlight this year was a panel on Artificial Intelligence (“AI – For Better or For Worse?”) featuring Foresight Institute President Steve Burgess as moderator, with three distinguished panelists. Dr. Terence […]
Christine Peterson, Co-Founder, The Foresight Institute, Palo Alto – For the 2016 EconAlliance Future Forum/Annual Dinner, Peterson provided an overview of nanotechnology – its nature, progress and applications in energy, health care, manufacturing and transportation. She also touched on biotech and artificial intelligence and how these emerging technologies would impact industries and lives.
Dan Parolek, Founder, Opticos Design – Parolek’s EconAlliance Future Forum presentation focused on the nature of and obstacles to “missing middle housing”. He described how the demand for this type of affordable, walkable neighborhood housing crosses generations and provides solutions to address both in-fill and revitalization opportunities.
The November 3 2016 EconAlliance Future Forum/Annual Dinner featured presenters Christine Peterson, Founder of The Foresight Institute, on nano and biotechnology and artificial intelligence, as well as Dan Parolek, Founder, Opticos Design, on “Missing Middle Housing”. Other program elements included the organization’s first Innovation Award (Edmund Burke, Space Information Labs) and recognition of EconAlliance’s immediate […]
EconAlliance is in a grant partnership with Peoples Self-Help Housing (PSHH) and United Way Northern Santa Barbara County and Assessments USA/Canada to provide literacy enrichment to targeted PSHH youth and adults, as well as career awareness and job search skills for targeted adults. The first year of effort, funded by NeighborWorks, is documented in this […]