Our Mission

The Center for Economic Development provides regional leaders with accurate and timely information to address the socio-economic challenges and opportunities facing the region. 

By conducting high-quality research and leveraging the academic resources of CSU, Chico, we empower regional leaders to make effective and informed decisions to best serve the needs of their clients, constituents, and communities.

For 17 years the Center for Economic Development's North State Economic Forecast Conference has helped community and business leaders translate economic trends into actionable intelligence to identify key opportunities for growth and successfully plan for the future.

The conference provides an in-depth and candid look at where the national, state, and North State economies are heading in the short and long-term. 

As a premier business event, the North State Economic Forecast Conference gathers a diverse crowd that includes businesses, utility companies, non-profits, governments, universities, and elected officials from all over the North State under one roof, providing an excellent opportunity for the private and public sector attendees to network.