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Association promotes Poway Business Park

The Poway Business Park Association has completed a successful reorganization and name change during the past year. The nonprofit organization was formerly called the Economic Development Association of Poway, and changed its name to more accurately represent its focus on the estimated 330 businesses in the Poway Business Park.

The association was formed by three partners -- the city of Poway, Palomar College and the Poway Chamber of Commerce -- to provide economic and business development in the South Poway Business Park and to support the general business climate in Poway.

The Business Park includes large and small businesses employing nearly 13,000 people. Gateway Inc. (NYSE: GTW) moved its headquarters to the business park in the fall of 2001, employing 500 people. Other large employers include the western regional headquarters of Geico Direct (1900 employees), HNR Framing Systems, Delta Design, First American Credco and Sysco Food Services.

"This is a very exciting time for the Poway Business Park," said PBPA Board Chairman Howard Collins of Geico Direct. "The PBPA operates for the benefit of its members in promoting a sense of neighborhood by keeping our businesses informed of matters of interest and concern. We also respond effectively to inquiries and problems of our members."

The Business Park Association sponsors quarterly general meetings with speakers on business topics. Recent speakers have included financial journalist George Chamberlin and a panel of experts discussing international trade.

The PBPA has also established its own Web site -- www.powaybusinesspark.com -- which includes news about the organization, and lists all businesses in the park, complete with Web and e-mail links. The Poway Chamber of Commerce designed and updates the Web site.

The city of Poway has spent more than 15 years working with property owners of the park to create a competitive business park that would bring jobs to Poway. As a partner of the organization, Poway's Mayor Mickey Cafagna and Councilmember Betty Rexford sit on the PBPA board of directors, along with representatives of the Poway Chamber and Palomar College, and business owners and managers.

The city's Economic Development Office plays an active role in supporting the organization. Contact Ingrid Alverde, the city's Economic Development manager, at (858) 679-4370 if you need assistance or direction from the city or the Poway Business Park Association.

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