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Globalization's Impact on the Southern California Inland Empire's Industrial Geography
Track: Business GIS
Author(s): Richard Greene, Jerry Platt

California's Inland Empire was once a bedroom community of Orange County and Los Angeles, but today it is very much an urban and industrial center in its own right. Globalization has increased the industrial strength of the Inland Empire by adding a much broader mix of industry to the region including a small business climate made viable by this unique situation. This study is divided into 3 parts, first, introducing the objectives of a Small Business Administration grant to investigate the use of GIS as a process innovator for small businesses in the Inland Empire. Second, we review our GIS method for defining an Inland Empire that is more efficiently bounded than traditional definitions. In the third part we provide a spatial analysis of the industry climate of our uniquely defined Inland Empire and discuss the challenges overcome by small businesses there by adopting GIS as a process innovation.

Richard Greene
Northern Illinois University
Davis Hall, Room 118
DeKalb , Illinois 60115
United States
Phone: 815-753-0631
E-mail: rgreene@niu.edu

Jerry Platt
University of Redlands
P.O. Box 3080
Redlands , California 92373
United States
Phone: 909-793-2121
E-mail: jerry_platt@redlands.edu