SOURCE: Town Hall Los Angeles

TOWN HALL Los Angeles

February 25, 2009 19:09 ET

Business Columnist and Author, James Flanigan, Discusses Latest Work

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - February 25, 2009) - James Flanigan, business columnist for the New York Times, and author of the recently released book "Smile Southern California! You're the Center of the Universe: The Economy and People of a Global Region," will speak to TOWN HALL Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at the TOWN HALL Los Angeles Clubhouse.

In his new book, Flanigan argues that Southern California is an economic model for the United States and the world, examining foundations of the region's growth, among them: entrepreneurship, international trade, new technologies and the entertainment industry's evolution. Also discussed is the role of immigrants in building local businesses and bringing capital to the region. Throughout the book, Flanigan includes interviews with businesspeople providing insights on the present and future of the Southern California economy. "Smile Southern California!" offers an insider's view on Southern California which ranks as the 17th largest economy among nations worldwide.

For 45 years, Flanigan has covered national and international business and economics. Currently a business columnist for the New York Times, he was a 20-year columnist for the Los Angeles Times. During 17 years with Forbes Magazine, he served as bureau chief in Washington, Los Angeles, London, and Houston and in New York as assistant managing editor.

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When:   Tuesday, March 10, 2009
        6:00 PM Reception
        6:30 PM Program with Q&A and Book signing

Where:  TOWN HALL Los Angeles Clubhouse
        515 S. Flower Street, Suite 1640
        Los Angeles, CA  90071-2201

Tickets $5-20, call 213.628.8141 or

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