The Gazarian Real Estate Center of the Craig School of Business at Fresno State will host “Fresno’s Economic Future: Worst to First with Common Sense Solutions” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Peters Business building (Room 191). The event is part of the center’s Spring Speaker Series and will feature Fresno Mayor Lee Brand, who was sworn into office Jan. 3. Brand is the former president and co-founder of Westco Equities, Inc., a property management and construction firm he has owned and operated for the past 29 years. Registration for the event will start at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided. The event is sponsored by Central Valley Community Bank. INFO: Fred Sheriff, interim director Gazarian Real Estate Center, at or 559.278.8328.