Roundtable to Lend Foresight on 2020 Economy

What is in our future when it comes to San Diego County’s economy? No one has a crystal ball, but local leaders will make some educated guesses on what to expect this year at the 36th Annual Economic Roundtable.

The event starts at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.

County Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Cox will kick off the event with some opening remarks.

“The Economic Roundtable is the longest-running, free local economic forecasting event in this region, and it has grown into a forum for experts to share their thoughts on what the upcoming year will bring,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Cox. “Economists, industry experts, and business leaders from various sectors will provide their thoughts on what 2020 will hold for the national and regional economy.”

Chris Thornberg of Beacon Economics will give the keynote address. USD School of Business Associate Professor of Economics Ryan Ratcliff will act as the moderator for a panel discussion on our economic future. The local panelists are:

  • Eduardo Velasquez, Research Director, Economic Development, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp
  • Ray Major, Chief Economist, SANDAG
  • Sarah Burns, Director of Research and Evaluation, San Diego Workforce Partnership

Attendance is free but registration is required.

Parking at USD is metered. Four hours of parking may be purchased for $4.

If you plan to attend, use the west USD entrance at 5988 Alcala Park, turn left into the West Parking Lot and purchase parking from the pay stations located at the tram stop and next to the elevators in the structure. Trams, which arrive every few minutes, will then take you to the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.

The parking pay stations use license plate numbers, and it may be helpful to take a photo of your plate when you park if you don’t have yours memorized. Once you have paid, there is no need to display the receipt on the dashboard. To speed up the parking payment process, you can also download the Parkmobile App in advance from the Apple or Google stores.

Visit USD online for additional information on metered parking.

Follow the event on Twitter #SDEconRound.

If you cannot make it to the roundtable, watch live online.


Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact