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.
Attendees of Golf Fest, a consumer show on the golf industry to be held in Del Mar, will have the chance to compete against famous sports figures in a Beat the Pros contest. This contest with out-of-the-ordinary rules may allow Golf Fest attendees to win against one of their favorite sports figures.
The CEO's or CFO's checklist of requirements for locating a business include location and access, housing, shopping and services, recreation and culture, schools, medical options, sense of community and, of course, affordability. Consider the following:
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One of North County's most anticipated freeways is scheduled to break ground this summer. The final phase of state Route 56, the east-west freeway, will connect North County coastal cities to inland cities, saving motorists time on the roadways.
It was the Southern California land boom of the 1880s that gave birth to the town of Escondido. Then, the Escondido Land and Town Co. used $200,000 to entice a railroad to come to Escondido. Founders laid out a town site, opened a model home, sold lots at auctions, and built the town's first hotel, as well as a few churches.
There's no secret to New Urban West's civic and business success with its 222-home Brookside community in North Escondido. The company simply partnered with the city to solve municipal needs; partnered with the neighborhood and responded to their concerns; took the extra steps to be a good corporate citizen; and, built quality homes that complement the site.
Mingei International Museum, with its flagship home in Balboa Park since August 1996, has acquired a 21,000-square-foot building on Escondido's Grand Avenue at Maple Street, one and one-half blocks south of the California Center for the Arts -- the city's $100 million cultural center.
North County law firms shadow the region's burgeoning biotechnology, life sciences and telecommunications industries. The attorneys in these firms know the ins and outs of the FDA approval process, initial public offerings and patent protection.
Escondido businesses are truly valued by the city. Business people serve as community leaders and provide jobs and revenue to keep the city healthy and strong. They are often generous supporters of many community organizations and activities, as well as the arts and culture.
At first glance, there's not much that an East Valley Parkway businessman, physical therapist, business attorney and community relations professional have in common. But the fact is, Sam Abed, Jerry Kaufman, Carl Skaja and Linda Bailey, along with 23 other business and civic leaders, share a common vision of a prosperous Escondido as the board of directors for the Escondido Chamber of Commerce.
Escondido's growing reputation as a cultural center is attracting more businesses, visitors and shoppers. The city's cultural anchor is the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The Center consistently offers an aggressive lineup of performances throughout the year and may be likened to the city of San Diego's investment in Horton Plaza to anchor downtown development.
A wide range of new development is expanding Escondido's business base and creating even more opportunities within the city for residents and the surrounding communities.
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.