Global Initiatives Council

Date: August 20, 2019Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Location:  Show map L.A. Area Chamber
350 S Bixel St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Contact: Jasmin Sakai-GonzalezPhone: 2135807569Email:


Join the Global Initiatives Council for an in-depth discussion of the effects of international business and trade dealings on the regional economy.
Global Issues Affecting the Los Angeles Region
Featuring special remarks by Congressman Jimmy Gomez, California's 34th Congressional District
Tuesday, Aug. 20
9 a.m. Registration
9:30 - 11 a.m. Program
L.A. Area Chamber
350 S. Bixel St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
The Los Angeles region, which includes the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura, is one of the 15 largest economies in the world. Additionally, its geographic location, which includes the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Hueneme and the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), has made this region the top U.S. customs district in the nation with more than $450 billion in bilateral trade with the world.
Global trade agreements, commercial disputes, trade conflict, adjustments in supply chain management, foreign policy, technology trends, logistical and transportation issues all have a direct impact on the regional economy and provide business executives with challenges and opportunities in foreign markets.
Please join the Global Initiatives Council to hear from Dr. Chris Thornberg, founder of Beacon Economics LLC as he discusses how the following topics affect the region's employment, economic adjustments and growth.
  • The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) approval process
  • The China-U.S. trade conflict
  • The Huawei effect
  • Brexit
  • U.S.-EU trade talks
The Global Initiatives Council works to create employment opportunities throughout Southern California by increasing exports, imports and foreign investment for companies of all sizes, and for the communities in which they conduct business.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Chris Thornberg
Beacon Economics
Christopher Thornberg founded Beacon Economics in 2006. Under his leadership, the firm has become one of the most respected research organizations in California serving public and private sector clients across the United States. 

An expert in economic and revenue forecasting, regional economics, economic policy, and labor and real estate markets, Thornberg has consulted for private industry, cities and counties, and public agencies. 
Special Guest: 
Congressman Jimmy Gomez
California's 34th District
Congressman Jimmy Gomez proudly represents California's 34th Congressional District, one of the most diverse and culturally rich districts in the country. He is an Assistant Whip in the 116th Congress and a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means. Congressman Gomez is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), and a Vice-Chair of the Future Forum.
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