Featuring Kimberly Ritter-Martinez
Economist from LA County Economic Development Corporation
who will be speaking on the Regional Economic Outlook
Kimberly will provide an update of the national, state and regional economies; briefly highlighting developments at the national level including the components of economic growth, labor market trends and wage growth before moving on to a discussion of the state and local labor markets, industry trends and housing. I will wrap up with a forecast of major economic indicators: GDP, job growth, personal income, taxable sales and new home construction.
Kyser Center for Economic Research
Kimberly Ritter-Martinez joined the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) in January 2009 as an Economist for the Kyser Center for Economic Research.
Ms. Ritter-Martinez studies the regional economy of the greater Los Angeles region, analyzing employment and industry trends, housing and construction, and demographics. Ms. Ritter-Martinez is a principal contributor to the annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy and regularly contributes to economic reports and briefings presented to corporate and government groups. Additionally, she studies and writes about the aerospace, retail trade, tourism and entertainment industries for the LAEDC’s Economic Forecasts and industry reports. Ms. Ritter-Martinez contributes to and is the editor of the Kyser Center’s online weekly e-EDGE economics newsletter. She also gives presentations to corporations, government agencies, non-profits and educational institutions, and frequently speaks to the media about issues pertaining the local economy.
Kimberly earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics (cum laude and Phi Kappa Phi) from California State University Long Beach and is active in a number of professional and community organizations related to economic and regional development including the National Association for Business Economics and the American Economic Association.