The Central Coast Economic Forecast was created to provide local businesses, nonprofit organizations, government and individuals with information needed to understand the local economy and plan for its future. The all-volunteer effort has two primary charges: to raise funds needed to support the cost of economic data gathering and analysis, and to produce the annual economic forecast event, held each year in November.
The event brings together hundreds of community and business leaders to hear experts discuss the Central Coast economy and offer performance projections for the upcoming year. The annual event is a prestigious, highly regarded seminar that has consistently delivered powerful programs and helped shape the community’s focus on the local economy.
The Central Coast Economic Forecast Board of Directors has retained the services of the renowned Beacon Economics organization to provide data analysis and seminar presentation. In 2015 and with the financial support of local cities and SLO County, the CCEF organization expanded Beacon’s scope to include analysis and information on local economic performance city-by-city, a first of its kind resource on the Central Coast.
The Central Coast Economic Forecast is guided by a volunteer board of directors whose members represent the different geographic areas of the county as well as its various economic sectors.
The Central Coast Economic Forecast is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors. We thank the businesses, governmental organizations, nonprofits and others that have stepped up to assure we continue to have access to topnotch information about our local economy.
This is an unprecedented time. COVID-19 has disrupted everyone’s lives across the world and in a way no one could have predicted even a few short months ago. The Central Coast Economic Forecast is working hard to adapt to this new environment by going virtual in 2020. This year, we’re offering a three-part series beginning in July and culminating with the CCEF Annual Event in November. This digital format is designed to deliver relevant and actionable economic data and analysis to our community. Now, more than ever, we feel a sense of urgency and responsibility to share this information as broadly as possible. This year, we will record the events, which will be virtually attended by sponsors and their guests, and digitally share them in the community – a first for the CCEF! Not only does this provide a much-needed community service, but it creates brand new promotional opportunities for our sponsors.