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What are California's Prospects for Economic Recovery?

Commonweath Club of California
Friday, October 19, 2012

Joel recently participated in a panel about the future of the California economy organized by the Commonwealth Club of California and moderated by the Milken Institute's Ross DeVol.

From the Commonwealth Club:

"A high-level panel looks at California’s economy as we head toward year’s end and compares the state’s challenges with those of the nation. Will the pickup in home prices and construction spur on the rest of the economy? Will the tech sector boom sustain and jumpstart job growth in other industries? Which geographical centers serve as the best models for success? How can government prevent budget shortfalls from getting in the way of private sector progress? A wide range of economic experts will weigh in on the outlook for recovery and prosperity as the year comes to a close."

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"Greenurbia is the suburbs of the future. The suburbs of the 1950s were bedroom communities for people who commuted into the city. Today, there’s much more employment in the suburbs, and the big change is the number of people working full-time or part-time at home. Having people commute from one computer screen to another doesn’t make sense."

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