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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: Building Economic Vitality Through Education & Diversity

 As Ventura County’s primary economic advocate, the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) convenes an annual Business Outlook Conference (BOC). Now in its 49th year, the BOC explores themes of critical importance to the region and County economic vitality.  


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2019

8 am to 12 pm

Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center | Camarillo


Questions? Contact Cecily Hendricks BOC Coordinator, at BOC@VCEDA.org.

AGENDA

08:00 am | Breakfast

08:30 am | Welcome & Introductory Remarks

08:45 am | From Red Tape to Red Carpet Award Ceremony

09:00 am | Interactive Polling

09:15 am | Business Keynote, Drew West, The Trade Desk

09:35 am | Business Panel & Discussion

10:20 am | Interactive Session

10:35 am | Education Panel & Discussion

11:20 am | Education Keynote, Erika Beck, Ph.D., CSU Channel Islands

11:40 am | Interactive Polling

11:50 am | Conclusion

2019 BUSINESS OUTLOOK CONFERENCE—OVERVIEW

Join us in an engaging dialogue about the challenges and innovations in workforce development from the perspectives of both the business and education communities. This is a topic of pressing relevance to both our local employers and to the long-term economic vitality of our county.


This year's Business Outlook Conference, presented by the Ventura County Community College District, will feature keynotes and panel discussions by industry and educational experts. The conference will present insights into what is best being done and what still needs to be done to create an effective pipeline of employees for our local industries, and it will also engage attendees in conversation and debates aimed at sowing the seeds of new partnerships and projects. 


BOC 2019 is structured to provide:


  • An understanding of the economic impact of workforce development in the region;


  • An exploration of the vision, challenges, and effective strategies for building a robust workforce now and in the future;


  • A discussion of what education can and must do to prepare today and tomorrow's workforce, spotlight successful educational programs that connect learning outcomes to the needs of the sector, and the curricular funding challenges that exist for schools; and


  • Perspectives on how to build the bridge between business and education and work in partnership to ensure the region has an adequate supply of workers based on local needs.

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business outlook conference 2019 - quick linkS

REGISTER TODAY

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REGISTER FOR OUR 2019 BOC TODAY!


Registration closes Friday, October 24, 2019!


$110 for members | $130 General Admission

SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES

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THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 BUSINESS OUTLOOK CONFERENCE SPONSORS!



FROM RED TAPE TO RED CARPET

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2019 AWARDEES!

Program Award

Hub 101


Public/Private Partnership Award

Economic Development Collaborative (EDC)


Leadership Award for Public Service

Vanessa Bechtel, 

Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF)

business outlook conference - AGENDA

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08:00 am | Breakfast

08:30 am | Welcome & Introductory Remarks

08:45 am | From Red Tape to Red Carpet Award Ceremony

09:00 am | Interactive Polling

09:15 am | Business Keynote, Drew West, General Manager of Global Services, The Trade Desk

09:35 am | Business Panel & Discussion

10:20 am | Interactive Session  

10:35 am | Education Panel & Discussion

11:20 am | Education Keynote, Erika Beck, Ph.D., President, CSU Channel Islands

11:40 am | Interactive Polling

11:50 am | Conclusion

vceda's 2nd annual "From Red tape to Red Carpet" Awards

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VCEDA’s From Red Tape to Red Carpet Awards acknowledges the good work of local government agencies, public-private partnerships, and public servants in implementing innovative programs that cut through red tape, eliminate barriers to economic growth, promote business interests and open the door to private sector jobs creation.

PROGRAM AWARD

Congratulations to our 2019 Program Awardee, Hub101!


HUB101

Operated by California Lutheran University in Westlake Village, Hub101 offers coworking, community, and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow, and scale their startups or tech companies.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM AWARD:

Program Awards recognize outstanding and innovative programs in economic and business development that retain or generate jobs and investment on an ongoing basis. 

Program Awards will be judged by the following criteria:


  • Extent of the economic impact on its community, such as an increase in the overall tax base, the creation of new jobs, or criteria relevant to the goals of the program;
  • Achievement of its stated objective with measurable results; 
  • Development of strong relationships with relevant players and widespread support in the community;
  • Innovation, originality, and cost effectiveness; and, 
  • Relevance and transfer-ability of elements to other communities. 

PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AWARD

Congratulations to our 2019 Public/Private Partnership Award, Economic Development Collaborative! 


Economic Development Collaborative (EDC)

Since 1996 the Economic Development Collaborative has been a regional leader, strategic partner and advocate for economic development and the improvement of the regional economy for the Ventura County area. Serving over 600 businesses a year in partnership with the Small Business Development Center, the EDC is regional asset for economic vitality in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties, giving businesses, community partners and civic leaders the resources they need to succeed. By leveraging public and private funds, the EDC is a key player in delivering business consulting, funding and strategic initiatives that support the regional economy.


ABOUT THE AWARD:

This award recognizes outstanding and innovative projects that have significantly enhanced the economic vitality of communities and businesses through collaboration between the public and private sectors. Nominees should demonstrate: 


  • The extent to which public and private sector participants have formed a true partnership or joint venture in planning, developing, and financing the project;
  • Direct economic benefit to the community (such as jobs and tax base). Be sure to include metrics when demonstrating results; 
  • Spin-off impact of the project; and,
  • Creativity or innovation in packaging the project (e.g., land acquisitions, joint venture aspects and financing). 

LEADERSHIP AWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

Congratulations to our 2019 Leadership for Public Service Award, Vanessa Bechtel! 


Vanessa Bechtel, President/CEO, Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF)

Vanessa Bechtel serves as President and CEO of the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF), an organization committed to safeguarding the long-term legacies of thousands of generous donors through the careful management of the charitable capital entrusted to them.  By promoting philanthropy to improve our community, Bechtel strives to inspire charitable giving that connects philanthropic resources with community needs for the benefit of all.  In 2018, VCCF invested over $7.86 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to hundreds of our local students pursuing higher education.


Prior to her work with VCCF, Bechtel served as executive director of the Santa Barbara City College Foundation.  She co-founded Monarch Wealth Strategies in 2008 and was honored as Business Woman of the Year by the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce in 2010.


Bechtel graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Law and Society. In 2016, she received her master’s degree from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.  She also received her master’s certificate from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain.


ABOUT THE AWARD:

This award recognizes an elected or public official who has served as a committed advocate for economic development in the public sector. Nominees must have demonstrated sustained and effective efforts to mobilize community groups and industry leaders in the development of pro-business programs and projects, played a key role in the planning and designing of new economic development activities, and displayed dedication and commitment to his/her constituency as a leader and advocate for economic development.