Has the region's center of gravity migrated north? It's no secret that a good portion of its business community has -- everything from high-tech and biotech to specialized law firms and developers that feed our voracious appetite for commercial and residential real estate.
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Four elementary schools in the Poway Unified School District were named National Blue Ribbon Schools last year for demonstrating a strong commitment to educational excellence for all students. The schools are Chaparral Elementary School, Los Penasquitos Elementary School, Park Village Elementary School and Westwood Elementary School.
Poway's economy depends on the vitality of local businesses. Sales tax revenue from Poway Road businesses contributes almost $8 million annually toward the city's $24 million general fund budget. This partnership creates a healthy need for growth and revitalization along Poway Road in order to retain business viability.
In an effort to upgrade properties along Poway Road, the Poway Redevelopment Agency has contributed to the $2.2 million renovation of the Poway Library Plaza. The Poway Redevelopment Agency has contributed $900,000 in financial assistance and has been instrumental in the project's architectural design and granting approvals through the Poway City Council.
The Poway Redevelopment Agency Board unanimously approved a proposal to support the development of a 108-room Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel on Jan. 29. A business-clad hotel was always envisioned as a necessary amenity to Poway's Business Park. With expanded meeting and kitchen space triple that of a traditional Hampton Inn product, the project will provide needed meeting and lodging space in Poway and will boost the park's ability to compete for high-tech business and corporate relocations.
The March 28 Business Expo and Taste of Poway is the major business-to-business event of the year for the Poway Chamber of Commerce. A crowd of more than 500 people is expected, drawn by the opportunity to attend two seminars, sample tasty food from 12 local restaurants and learn about the services of 60 businesses.
San Diego has long been a hotbed of transportation innovation, and next year the state will break ground on a landmark freeway improvement project that promises to change the face of travel along a heavily congested portion of Interstate 15, between Route 163 in San Diego and Route 78 in Escondido.
The Poway Unified School District is one of three districts being recognized by the National School Boards Association's Technology Leadership Network for the effective and innovative use of technology to support student achievement. The district was showcased in a video presentation - along with Barren County School District in Glasgow, Ky., and Milford Public Schools in Milford, Conn. -- at last year's Annual Technology + Learning Conference in Atlanta.
Parkway Business Centre is the product of a partnership between the city of Poway and the McMillin Commercial development team. In 1996, McMillin began working with the previous landowner of Parkway Business Centre, the city of Poway and the Poway Redevelopment Agency, to find a solution to revitalize the business park.
Along with just about everything else in North County, the caseload at the Vista courthouse is growing at a phenomenal rate.
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.
It's been a busy year in Poway! The past year has brought many accomplishments for the city's redevelopment and economic development efforts. As Poway's Business Park tops the county in industrial absorption, the city's economic development office continues to complete the vision for the park and ensure economic vitality for its retail corridors.
Poway Mayor Mickey Cafagna has emerged as a consensus builder in the ongoing debate over regional government that has pitted North County cities against what they perceive as downtown San Diego interests.
Find out what's going on in construction, technology, law, finance and real estate during our annual feature week on North County economic development. Throughout the week, we'll also examine key business clusters in Poway, San Marcos, Oceanside, Vista and Southwest California.