07:31 PM PDT on Monday, September 27, 2010

By JACK KATZANEK
The Press-Enterprise

Economists from the UCLA Anderson Center will make their first formal appearance in Inland Southern California in several years when they join Claremont McKenna College at an economic forecast event next week.

The presentation will be Oct. 6 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario from 7 to 11:30 a.m., according to a UCLA statement.

The UCLA visit brings another economic voice to the Inland area, and it comes from a forecasting center whose work is usually widely quoted in California. UCLA produces quarterly forecasts for the state and nation, but this would be the first forecast UCLA has specifically done for the Inland area, spokeswoman Hillary Rehder said.

The association with Claremont McKenna has been in the works for a while, Richard Rodner, a spokesman for the school, said in an interview. Claremont McKenna, which is developing an economic forecasting and public policy center, is one of five undergraduate colleges and two graduate schools that make up The Claremont Colleges.

The presentation will look at economic issues, real estate and public finance. Topics will include Inland-specific areas, including the growth of logistics jobs and how long the two-county area will wait to see its unemployment rate shrink appreciably.

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