PALMDALE, CALIF. (October 20, 2016)—The Antelope Valley Board of Trade announced the theme for the 45th Annual Business Outlook Conference—Fire Up the Future—today. The 2017 conference will be held Friday, February 24th.

“This year’s conference will not only celebrate our recent accomplishments in the Antelope Valley, but it will showcase what we’re doing as a valley together to develop tomorrow’s workforce,” adds Antelope Valley Board of Trade President Kelly Hanley.

Antelope Valley Board of Trade Vice President Ed Knudson will be leading the Business Outlook Conference committee and planning. With a passion for education, Knudson and his committee are planning to highlight local education programs that are engaging the valley’s youth today and developing the workforce of our future. In addition, Knudson and his committee are organizing a slate of dynamic speakers, who will educate, engage, and entertain the attendees throughout the day.

“Our conference offers a broad appeal to a diverse range of business and industry sectors, celebrating achievements made in recent years and firing up the momentum for more in the future,” adds Knudson.

The 2017 conference will be held at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster, encompassing both the H.W. Hunter and Van Dam Pavilions.  With more than 46,000 square feet of event and exhibit space, the conference is expected to attract more than 800 participants in a full day of displays, activities, and engaging presentations by globally renowned speakers.  The Business Outlook Conference has grown to become the Antelope Valley’s largest and most enduring economic development outreach event.

For ticket reservations and information, please visit the Antelope Valley Board of Trade website at, email the office at, or call the office at (661) 947-9033.

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The Antelope Valley Board of Trade (AVBOT) has been the regional voice for economic prosperity and quality of life in the Antelope Valley since 1957. With more than 250 members, AVBOT advocates for regional, statewide, and national initiates to create a stronger business environment. For more information about AVBOT, please visit or follow us on Facebook