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BUSINESS CONFERENCE PANEL SET SPEAKERS INCLUDE CONGRESSMEN, MORE.

Byline: Daily News

LANCASTER - Three congressmen, a former congressman who is now a Fox News host, and California's business secretary will be among the speakers at Friday's Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference.

Keynote speaker will be ex-Ohio Congressman John Kasich, who spent 17 years in the House of Representatives and now hosts ``Heroes with John Kasich'' and is a substitute host for ``The O'Reilly Factor.''

More than 1,000 business people, elected officials and other civic leaders are expected to attend the conference, a showcase for the Antelope Valley that has been put on annually for 34 years by the Antelope Valley Board of Trade.

The doors will open at 7:30 a.m. for registration and the conference will last until 2:45 p.m. in the Poppy Pavilion at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W. Ave. H.

The House Science Committee's Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics chairman Ken Calvert, R- Riverside, will talk about the aerospace industry, including NASA.

U.S. Rep. Howard ``Buck'' McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, will introduce Calvert. U.S. Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Bakersfield, will introduce Kasich.

In addition, state Business, Transportation and Housing Agency Secretary Sunne Wright McPeak will speak, as will Robert Atkins, Los Angeles County Agriculture Commissioner chief deputy.

Other speakers include Maj. Gen. Curtis Bedke, commander of the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, and Nancy Sidhu, vice president and senior economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

SYGMA Network Vice President and General Manager Jim Stencil and Human Resources Manager Karla Bullock will talk about the company opening a distribution center in 2005 in Lancaster.

Lancaster Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Robert Trautman will talk about construction of the Palmdale Regional Medical Center, being built by Lancaster Community's parent company, Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services.

Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance representatives Mel Layne and Harvey Holloway will deliver a report on Antelope Valley economic conditions and demographics.

Tickets are $150 per person and $1,200 for a table of eight. To buy tickets or for details call (661) 942-9581 or fax 723-9279.
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