SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara County business leaders and community members gathered at the Granada Theater Thursday for the 33rd annual UCSB Economic Summit.
More than 900 people from all different backgrounds and areas of Santa Barbara County spent the morning listening to experts in the field of economics. UC Santa Barbara's Peter Rupert put the report together and addressed the crowd.
"I say the recession is over," Rupert said. "Our employment is now higher than it was in 2007 when the recession started, incomes are up, home sales are up, home prices are up. So over all it's a pretty robust recovery."
A panel of economic experts also took a look at the job market and possibilities for future success in the county. Most believe the next few years are brimming with economic developments that will have a positive impact.