High Desert Opportunity (HDO) is the premier High Desert event showcasing local businesses and development opportunities for new and expanding organizations. The goal of the event is to support economic growth and stability by attracting businesses and jobs to the High Desert. The region encompasses the cities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia and Victorville as well as portions of San Bernardino County. For more than 30 years, the High Desert Opportunity conference has consistently attracted nearly 1,000 attendees focusing on the benefits of doing business in the High Desert.

Past keynote speakers at HDO have included Barbara Corcoran, Magic Johnson, Ben Stein, John Naber, Jack Canfield, Steve Forbes, Kyle Petty, Newt Gingrich, Terry Bradshaw, George Stephanopoulos and Tommy Lasorda. Previous conference sessions have included such topics as local real estate and development trends, and infrastructure and transportation plans. The expo features local businesses, commercial real estate associates, local Chambers of Commerce, and local and regional government representatives from the High Desert.

The event is organized by a volunteer group of approximately 30 local business and community leaders. If you are interested in more information about our organization, please contact us by clicking here or call (760) 245-7600

President – Cari Thomas – Inland Empire United Way

1st Vice President – Terry Saenz – VVAPL Humane Society

2nd Vice President – Louise Bevilaqua – Desert Communities Bank

Secretary – Louisa Miller – Inland Empire Small Business Development Center

Treasurer – Gwen Bedics – Enterprise Funding

Past President – Eric Camarena – Victor Elementary School District

Monique Carter – County of San Bernardino

Roy Miller

Sheryl Thomas-Perkins – Los Angeles World Airports

Chris Ackerman – Signify Designs

Gail Piper, Coldwell Banker Commercial

About the High Desert

The High Desert corridor is situated between Los Angeles and Las Vegas in the County of San Bernardino, the largest county in the nation. With excellent interstate, intrastate and rail access, the High Desert is strategically positioned for the distribution of goods to Southern, Central and Northern California, Las Vegas and all points East. Access to Southern California Logistics Airport, in its own backyard, and the Ontario International Airport, just 43 miles away, uniquely positions the High Desert to distribute goods on a global scale. A talented labor force and low land costs make the High Desert a great place to locate your business.

  • Major rail access: Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
  • Major Interstates: I-15, I-40/Major Highways: US 395, Hwy 58
  • Two major highway transport companies: Roadway, Consolidated Freightways
  • Southern California Logistics Airport and local executive airports
  • Low-priced commercial/industrial acreage
  • Pro-business local governments and Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District

  • Commercial/industrial incentive programs
  • Approximately 442,000 population along the High Desert corridor
  • Southern California’s most affordable urban area
  • Deep water ports within 120 miles: Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles
  • Country clubs, lakes and ski resorts
  • Over 5 billion in retail trade potential

 Aiming Toward a Brighter Future!  Opportunities and More!