High Desert Opportunity Showcases New Conference Format

Victorville, Calif. – On October 16, 2014, High Desert Opportunity will draw over 700 attendees, including real estate, business and government leaders, from all over the High Desert and Southern California to the region’s largest one-day business conference. Celebrating its 33rd annual event, this year HDO has made it possible for exhibitors to have a fuller conference experience by moving the “Networking and Exhibiting” session to the afternoon slot, 12:30-3:30 p.m. All attendees, including exhibitors, will now be able to network anddeal-make during the “Networking Continental Breakfast”, 8-9:00 a.m., and listen in on the engaging and informative HD Theater program, 9-10:30 a.m. HD Theater will feature Eric Schmidt, City of Hesperia’s Mayor Pro Tem and President and Co-founder of Exquadrum, a leader in the aerospace industry, speaking on “The High Desert, a Quiet Community of Firsts,” highlighting firsts in a broad spectrum, including technology, retail, entrepreneurship, and history. “The High Desert,” states Schmidt, “is a vibrant and dynamic community that is many times overlooked for its pioneering spirit and entrepreneurial impact and has been a quiet force in fostering opportunity for businesses and economic development where an abundance of geographic, utility and human resources are present.” To reinforce this theme, an HD Theater panel of industry professionals will give real time updates on logistical improvements, planned expansions, workforce education, as well as regional updates on manufacturing, retail and industrial market segments. Confirmed panelists include Sandy Harmsen, San Bernardino County Workforce Department; Logan Olds, Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority; Jim Dye, United Furniture Industries; Lance Eckhart, Mojave Water Agency; and Eldon Heaston, Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District. The much anticipated luncheon Keynote Speaker this year is Peter Guber, Chairman and CEO of the multimedia Mandalay Entertainment Group, Co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Owner and Co-executive Chairman of NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and TV commentator and best-selling author. Guber will motivate and inspire the audience with his tale of telling purposeful stories to propel business success. The event will be capped with the 12:30 p.m. “Networking and Exhibiting Dessert Reception” featuring over 70 exhibitors and the opportunity to set business meetings with representatives of the five High Desert cities and the County to discuss any planning and development needs.Rooms will also be available for general attendees to conduct business meetings. Afternoon attendees will be entered to win an iPad mini and signed copies of Peter Guber’s book Tell To Win (must be present to win). “High Desert Opportunity is about highlighting what developers, business people and entrepreneurs in the High Desert already know, namely that the town and cities of the High Desert are aggressive and forward leaning in attracting and retaining businesses. From supporting due diligence requests to streamlining the permitting process, the local cities and town of the region make economic development a priority at all stages of the process,” said Schmidt. The High Desert region boasts a population of over 440,000 people and includes the cities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia, and Victorville. The region is full of potential in the form of major travel hubs, business friendly policies and prime retail space. The High Desert Opportunity Conference is a necessity for anyone looking to locate and grow their business in the region and offers a wealth of information, tools and access to industry leaders to help in that endeavor. The High Desert Opportunity Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on October 16, 2014, at the High Desert Events Center in Victorville, CA. Purchase admission tickets and reserve booth space at www.highdesertopportunity.com. About High Desert Opportunity High Desert Opportunity (HDO) is the premier High Desert event annually showcasing local businesses and development opportunities for new and expanding businesses. The goal of the event is to support economic growth and stability by attracting businesses and jobs to the High Desert.  The region encompasses the cities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia and Victorville as well as portions of San Bernardino County.  In its 33nd year, High Desert Opportunity continues to grow, continually attracting close to 1,000 attendees focusing on the benefits of doing business in the High Desert.