General Assembly and Economic Summit 2016

Imperial Regional Alliance (IRA) hosted the Imperial Valley General Assembly & Economic Summit on May 18-19, 2016 in collaboration with Imperial County Transportation Commission and Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation, which took place at Imperial Center in Heber, CA.

This event brought together 100+ local business representatives and Government officials from around the region to network with economic development agencies to discuss best practices and trends in corporate investment strategy and opportunities. In addition, the General Assembly and Economic Summit featured the state of the Imperial Valley economy, working tri-nationally, quality of life initiatives and tools for redevelopment. The General Assembly highlited regional transportation projects and programs.

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Day 1:

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“Imperial Valley: State of the Economy”

Development Management Group, Inc.

Michael Bracken, Managing Partner & Chief Economist

“Team Imperial Valley”

Imperial County Workforce Development Office

Miguel Figueroa, Director

Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation

Timothy E. Kelley, President & CEO

County of Imperial

Esperanza Colio Warren, Community & Economic Development Manager

“Access to Healthcare”

Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo

Dr. Afshan Baig, Chief Medical Officer

ANZ Clinics, Inc.

Dr. Alidad Zadeh, OD, CEO

"Bi-National Edge, Imperial Valley and Mexicali Valley, and the Cali Baja Bi-National Mega Region" 

 Calibaja Bi-National Mega Region Tom Topuzes, Chairman

“Access to Education”

CETYS University

Mario Dipp, Dean

"A New Era of Redevelopment"

California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

Diane Banchero, Senior Business Development Specialist 

California League of Cities – San Diego County and Imperial County

Catherine Hill, Regional Public Affairs Manager

Kosmont Companies

Dan Massiello, Sr. VP, Public Finance

"Access to Housing"

Imperial Valley Housing Authority 

Andrea Roark, Executive Director

"Access to Capital"

USDA Department of Agriculture Rural Development

Matthew A. Koch, Business and Cooperative Program Specialist


Diana Moreno-Inman, Business Development Officer

North America Development Bank

Andrés Rangel, Senior Project Closing Specialist

"Access to Tools for Business Redevelopment"

AmPAC Tri-State CDC

Bradley Mix, Consultant

Employment Training Panel

Ryan Swier, Economic Development Analyst


Day 2:

"Working Tri-Nationally"

Consulate of Canada

Frédéric Fournier, Head of Office

Consulate of Mexico in Calexico

Carlos Flores Vizcarra, Consul

Imperial-Mexicali Binational Alliance

Tom Dubose, Vice-Chair

"Access to Sustainability Programs"

Renovate America/HERO Program

Josh Brock, Community Development Director

Imperial County Transportation Commission

Virginia Mendoza, Regional Transportation Planner

"Access to Infraestructure"

Imperial Irrigation District

Tim Berg, IID Deputy Energy Manager/Asset Management

Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation

Timothy E. Kelley, President/CEO

Imperial County Planning & Development Services

Jim Minnick, Planning & Development Services Director

Imperial County Transportation Commission

Virginia Mendoza, Regional Transportation Planner

"General Assembly"

Imperial County Transportation Commission

Mark Baza, Executive Director














 San Diego County Water Authority



Organized by Imperial Regional Alliance, Inc.

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