Top cannabis professionals and state and local officials convene in Palm Springs for The Green Zone Roundtables to discuss optimum cannabis facility strategy, design and operation efficiency
Los Angeles – June 5, 2018 – Infocast, a leading business intelligence and networking events producer in the cannabis industry, and Resource Innovation Institute, have partnered to create The Green Zone: Coachella Valley, a series of three afternoon roundtable discussions that explore issues relating to the Cannabis industry in the desert communities of Southern California. The Green Zone: Coachella Valley Roundtables will be held on June 26 – 28th, 2018 at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa In Rancho Mirage, California.
Each roundtable discussion will include a panel of cannabis professionals, state and local officials and representatives from ancillary businesses to discuss issues relating to three key cannabis topics: resource efficiency, business strategy and real estate and infrastructure, and new policies.
While the cannabis industry in Southern California is on the cusp of a tremendous boom, numerous obstacles may impede its future growth. Cannabis entrepreneurs and growers struggle to keep up with ever-changing regulations while trying to develop better operational processes. The Green Zone: Coachella Valley Roundtables are designed to bring together key stakeholders to help provide answers and solutions to the many of these obstacles.
“We’ve created these Roundtable discussions to bring together cannabis professionals, state and local officials with cultivators and growers so that they can learn from each other, provide insights and information and enable them to find partners that will help them grow their businesses,” says Bill Meyer, CEO of Infocast. “For this industry to grow, it will be imperative that all stakeholders work together and share information.”
Participants include cannabis cultivators, regulators and policymakers, engineers, City Mayors, vendors, and technology solution providers.
The three roundtable meetings are:
- The Resources Roundtable will delve into how to optimize cultivation operations including efficiency innovation, lowering operational expenses, and designing indoor and outdoor cultivation facilities for optimum results. Key panelists include Ross Harman, Manager, Customer Interconnections SMUD, Geoff Kors, City Councilmember of City of Palm Springs and Allison Justice, VP of Cultivation for Outco.
- The Real Estate Roundtable will feature an in-depth discussion on real estate issues such as deciding which regions of the desert communities in Southern California are more favorable to build cannabis facilities, whether to own vs. lease property, run indoor vs. greenhouse operations, and other considerations regarding real estate . Participants include Rob Hunt, formerly of Tuatara Capital, 5 large growers and investors (High Hampton, Cultivation Technologies Inc, Blackhawk Funding, Ascent) and 5 ‘Canna-REITs’ (DelGro, GreenZone Properties, McKinney Capital, Zoned Properties & Indogro).
- The Policy Roundtable discussion will enable participants to exchange concerns and ideas with government and industry leaders regarding security issues, natural resource impacts and economic development factors. A key-note address will feature Richard Parrott, Director, CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division, California Department of Food And Agriculture. Invited panelists include Joe Wallace, CEO & Chief Innovation Officer, Coachella Valley Economic Partnership/Ihub , Scott Matas, Mayor, City of Desert Hot Springs, Charlie McClendon, City Manager, Cathedral City, Dave Vialpando, Executive Director, Santa Ysabel Tribal Cannabis Regulatory Agency; Executive Director, California Native American Cannabis Association and Rob Hixson, Chair, Otay Mesa Planning Group, City Of San Diego; Senior VP, CBRE.
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Published: June 12, 2018
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