North County Economic Summit 2016

A weekly blog from Tom Reeser, KOCT’s Executive Director

Thanks to a generous grant from Tri-City Medical Center KOCT was able to roll its high-definition Mobile Studio to cover an important North County event. KOCT provided four camera coverage of the 3rd annual North County Economic Summit held on March 2nd at the La Costa Resort.

Mark Vitner, the Wells Fargo Managing Director and Senior Economist presented a forecast on national, state and regional data and trends. BW Research President Josh Williams presented a North County Perspective.
There was also an informative panel on Work, Housing and Transportation. This quality of life panel was hosted by KOGO radio’s George Chamberlin.  Alison St John, KPBS’s North County Bureau Chief was in attendance and reported that Carl Morgan, chief professional officer of the North County Economic Development Corp., said one reason for the difficulty in attracting middle-class jobs is lack of affordable housing.  She noted that “The BW Research Report showed more than a third of North County residents commute more than half an hour to work. Fewer than two percent use public transit, while 87 percent drive alone.“

KOCT will air this program throughout the month of March and April on both KOCT Channels 18 & 19. We have also posted the program as Video on Demand.

Event Photos provided courtesy of David Sumaya with dmzvisual

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