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.
With 3.4 million customers and 17 cable systems throughout the United States, Cox Communications (NYSE: COX) is among the nation's largest cable television operators. Operating since 1962, it leads the industry in the deployment of fiber optic cable with 187 miles of fiber and 5,395 miles of cable already laid in San Diego County alone.
To say that 2002 is off to a great start for Titleist Pro V1 players would be an understatement. Already, the Pro V1 golf ball has been the choice of five of the first six PGA Tour champions, including Jose Maria Olazabal, who fired a 7-under par 65 in his come-from-behind victory at last month's Buick Invitational. It marked the 28th career victory for Olazabal, including his sixth on the PGA TOUR, and increased the Titleist Pro V1 winning streak on the 2002 PGA TOUR to four.
Ashworth Inc., a Carlsbad-based golf lifestyle sportswear company, has been ranked as the top golf brand in shirt usage among golf consumers. This is the sixth consecutive year that Ashworth has been ranked No. 1 by the Darrell Survey.
San Diego County boasts more than 85 golf courses, but if you're a visitor, or even a resident, it's tough to know where to play, how to get on a desired course, which courses are in good shape and provide the best customer service or even where some of the courses are located. La Jolla-based San Diego Golf Reservations knows and tracks all this information daily.
North County Transit District's rail project connecting Oceanside to Escondido, slated to open in December of 2005, has passed another milestone. The 22-mile passenger line, which will provide service every 30 minutes when completed, now has a consultant construction management firm on board.
Steve Scott, a Callaway Golf staff professional, won the second Canadian Tour event of his career, claiming victory at the Texas Classic on March 10. Scott triumphed using the new Big Bertha C4 Driver and an Odyssey White Hot "2-Ball" Putter, marking the third consecutive week those two products have been used to win tour titles.
North County's booming high-tech and biotech industries have created a strong demand in San Diego for skilled professionals to perform ancillary tasks that once were under-appreciated but now are regarded as essential.
In today's corporate world, it is important that companies provide flexible environments that can be modified to accommodate the specific high-tech and low-tech requirements of the personalities in each individual department or work area. The proliferation of Web-based technologies and products has made physical location obsolete in relation to the target market and elevated the need for quick responsiveness. Under these economic conditions, designers need to quickly understand their clients' needs and reflect in-depth analysis of organizational identity through built environments. With the emphasis on technology's remote capability, the immediacy of a tangible quality -- essentially a low-tech, personal-touch approach -- is becoming more valuable in today's marketplace.
Golf manufacturers, elite golf communities, prestigious golf courses and many avid golfers seem to be finding their way to San Diego's North County. Can you blame them? The breathtaking natural scenery and the coastal breezes can do wonders for your golf game.
As in most of San Diego County, it's not easy to find affordable housing in Vista. Homes in Vista are slightly more affordable than in some North County cities such as Encinitas and Solana Beach, but they are still too expensive for families earning only the county's annual median income of $60,100 for a family of four, said Rebecca Davis of the San Diego Association of Governments, the region's primary planning agency.
Defining North County isn't easy, especially when people who live there can't agree on where it is in the first place.
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.