Imperial Valley Economic & Energy Summit

Thursday, June 16, 2022

The annual Imperial Valley Economic & Energy Summit, sponsored by SoCalGas, took place June 16, 2022 at Imperial Valley College.

Attendees heard from local leaders and industry experts in renewable energy, mineral extraction, clean transportation and biofuels, housing, infrastructure and more.

The full day included conversations about leading and emerging industries and the path forward for economic development in Imperial Valley. Panelists discussed opportunities for the future, including Imperial Valley's lithium extraction industry now internationally recognized as "Lithium Valley."

  1. 7:30AM
  2. 8:00AM
    Breakfast & Welcome

    Sponsored by DuBose Design Group and Oberon Fuels

  3. 8:30AM
    A Preferred Scenario
  4. 9:00AM
    Imperial Valley's Economic Drivers

    Sponsored by Employment Training Panel

  5. 10:00AM
    Vision of a Regional Innovation Engine

    Sponsored by Laborers' International Union of North America

  6. 10:30AM
    Developing Lithium Valley

    Sponsored by Geothermal Resource Group

  7. 11:30AM
    Lithium Valley Supply Chain

    Sponsored by Sunpin Solar

  8. 12:00PM
    Lunch & Presentations

    Sponsored by Sugar Valley Energy

  9. 1:00PM
    Clean Transportation

    Sponsored by Southern California Association of Governments

  10. 2:00PM
    The Export Corridor of the West

    Sponsored by ConEd Development

  11. 3:00PM
    Future Needs - Housing

    Sponsored by The Dahm Team Real Estate

  12. 4:00PM
    Economic Forecast for Imperial Valley's Future... Sunny with a Chance of Lithium

    Sponsored by Management & Training Corporation

  13. 5:00PM
    Breakout Sessions

    Broadband Needs, Sponsored by AT&T

    California Economic Resilience Fund

  14. 5:30PM

    Sponsored by Controlled Thermal Resources

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Allen Vigil
San Diego-Imperial District Export Council
Carl Stills
Vice President, Storage Integration
8Minute Energy
Dave Rubenstein
California Ethanol + Power
David Hanselman
Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs
David Harlow
ITC-Diligence, Inc.
Deborah McGarrey
Public Affairs Manager
Efrain Silva
Dean, Workforce & Economic Development
Imperial Valley College
Elsa Wadzinski
Senior Economic Development Analyst
Employment Training Panel
John McMillan
Director of Research Initiatives - Engineering & Sciences
San Diego State University
Jonathan Weisgall
Vice President, Government Relations
Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Lars Carlstrom
Founder & CEO
Lennor Johnson, Ed.D
Imperial Valley College
Lisa Winkler
Guild Mortgage
Matt Andersen
Executive Secretary
U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Commercial Service
Michael Bracken
Managing Partner & Chief Economist
Development Management Group, Inc.
Priscilla Lopez
Director of Workforce and Economic Development
Imperial County Workforce Development Board
Robert Meyer
Director of Economic Development
Employment Training Panel
Ryan Kelley
Supervisor District 4
County of Imperial
Tom DuBose
DuBose Design Group


Thank you to our event sponsors.