Biz Buzz: Experts to share look into fiscal crystal ball

The UCSB Economic Forecast Project will present its 2010 economic outlook for San Luis Obispo County at a forum Nov. 6 at the Embassy Suites.

The event will feature analyses of the state and local economies by a group of speakers. Keynoting the event will be Chris Thornberg, chief forecaster to State Controller John Chiang and founding principal of Beacon Economics, a forecasting firm based in Los Angeles with clients throughout California. Presenting the year ahead for San Luis Obispo County will be Brad Kemp, director of regional research at Beacon Economics and a previous labor research analyst for the California Employment Development Department.

John Myers will return for a third appearance to clarify how state policies affect local residents. Myers spent several years as a reporter in San Luis Obispo before becoming Sacramento bureau chief for KQED Public Radio’s “California Report.”

A panel of local experts will include: Anita Robinson, CEO of Mission Community Bank and chairwoman of the Economic Forecast Project board of directors for San Luis Obispo County; Tom Jones, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s government and community affairs director and chairman for the San Luis Obispo County Economic Vitality Corp.; and Chip Visci, Cal Poly associate vice president for strategic communications and former publisher of The Tribune. The master of ceremonies will be Bob Wacker of R. E. Wacker and Associates, a financial management firm in San Luis Obispo.

Embassy Suites is at 333 Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo. Continental breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., followed by presentations from 8 to 11 a.m. Reservations, which include breakfast and the forecast publication, are $120 by Friday and $135 after Saturday.

Tickets are available online through www.slochamber.org.

— Julia Hickey

Wine publication to feature local history

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance will highlight local historical organizations in its 2010 tour brochure. Slated for distribution in May, the nonprofit wine group prints more than 300,000 copies of the brochures for consumers, media and wine trade representatives nationwide featuring a map of venues related to the wine industry.

“Paso Robles is rich in history, and these societies tell the story of our past,” said Meagan Callahan, alliance spokeswoman. “Paso and the Central Coast’s history have impacted the wine industry, and we feel wine enthusiasts have a thirst to understand this history.”

The new section of the publication will detail the Atascadero Historical Society, Cambria Historical Society, Camp Roberts Historical Museum, Estrella Warbird Museum, Mission San Miguel, Rios-Caledonia Adobe, Paso Robles Children’s Museum, El Paso de Robles Historical Society, Paso Robles Pioneer Museum, Santa Margarita Historical Society and Templeton Historical Museum.

The current issue can be viewed at www.pasowine.com.

— Tonya Strickland