Topic: 2016-2017 Economic Outlook
Speaker: Kimberly Ritter-Martinez, Economist
An overview of the U.S. economy – components of growth, the labor markets and recession sign posts (do we need to be worried?); followed by a discussion of the California and local economies, and the housing market.
Economist, 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.