Events

October 31, 2013

Save the date: AVBOT Business Outlook Conference set for Feb. 21

The 2014 Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference will be held at Mojave Air & Space Port’s newly completed Events Center Feb. 21, 2014.

This year’s Board of Trade sponsored conference theme is “Breaking Boundaries.”

The site is the completely renovated Events Center, a hangar style structure dating back to World War II. The building is designed to accommodate up to 1,400 conference-goers, but Al Hoffman, chairman of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade’s Business Outlook Committee, projects attendance in the area of 900 for 2014.

The relocation to Mojave for one year will allow conference attendees to see displays of real aerospace and technology hardware inside and outside the building, as they hear top flight speakers offer insights on the region’s economic future.

“We think this is a great opportunity. We are focusing this Outlook Conference on innovation, inspiration and shaping the future,” said Hoffman. “That fits in very well with the Mojave Air and Spaceport.”

The additional floor space, inside and out, will allow organizers to showcase hardware from some of the 45 companies working on advanced technologies in aerospace, energy, transportation and communications at the Mojave Air & Spaceport.

“It makes sense to offer a more interactive experience by showing off all the great technologies being created from throughout the Valley,” Hoffman said. The line-up of speakers is forthcoming. Invitations are out to some of the leaders for the most innovative companies in the United States (or even on the planet).

The AV Fairgrounds location for the Business Conference typically attracts about 700 community and business leaders to the day-long series of speakers who showcase the trade, commerce and industry initiatives unique to the Antelope Valley.

“My goal is 900 in attendance,” said Hoffmann, site manager for The Boeing at Edwards AFB and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. “We believe if we put on a good enough event, the people will come.

“We intend to put on an event like we haven’t put on ever before, for this Business Conference.”

Board of Trade Executive Director Vicki Medina noted that the Business Outlook Conference Committee’s core group of about 13 people is meeting regularly to work out the details involved in putting on the conference and related activities, including a speakers and sponsor’s reception at a location in Lancaster or Palmdale.

“The annual Business Outlook Conference, now in its 47th year, is the premier event put on by the Antelope Valley’s leading organization for advocacy of the region as a site for business development and jobs growth,” Medina said. “The AV Board of Trade wants this conference to include the Greater Antelope Valley – from the Acton-Palmdale area to the south all the way to Ridgecrest and China Lake to the north …in clude the Kern County component of California City, Boron, Tehachapi, Mojave and so forth. We’ll return to the AV Fairgrounds in 2015.”

Sponsorship, booth arrangements and program ad information is available from the Board of Trade Office at (661) 947-9033 or online at www.avbot.org.




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