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Forecast: Central Coast's lack of affordable housing key hurdle to economic growth

Courtesy of CCEF
Economist Chris Thornberg speaking at this year's Central Coast Economic Forecast.

Once a year, the local organization Central Coast Economic Forecast (CCEF) hosts a seminar featuring a presentation by economist Chris Thornberg of Beacon Economics. It’s a glance to the future: what will the Central Coast economy look like in 2020? 

This year’s forecast took place on November 8; the same day, KCBX News welcomed Michael Manchak to the studio to explore many of the ideas presented in the forecast. Manchak is the president and CEO of the San Luis Obispo Economic Vitality Corporation, a non-profit with a mission to foster business growth in the county, and serves on the Central Coast Economic Forecast board. According to the CCEF, in 2015, area cities and San Luis Obispo County provided financial support to expand “Beacon’s scope to include analysis and information on local economic performance city-by-city, a first of its kind resource on the Central Coast”

Click the Listen button above to hear KCBX’s Greta Mart in conversation with Michael Manchak of the EVC. A shorter version of this interview aired on the November 18, 2019 edition of Issues & Ideas.

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