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.

  • Auto dealers, community, and region benefit from storage facility

    With completion of the auto storage facility anticipated this spring, the city of Poway will realize another significant milestone in the continuing revitalization of the Poway Road corridor.

  • Entrepreneurship taken to new heights in Poway

    In a recent Wall Street Journal commentary written by Buzz Aldrin and Taylor Dinerman, the "Vision for Space Exploration" announced by President Bush in January 2004 was contemplated in light of the President's goal to retire NASA's space shuttle orbiters after the International Space Station is completed, perhaps as early as 2011.

  • Demand for upscale lifestyle evident in Santaluz success

    With custom homesite sales topping $266 million and club memberships continuing to climb, Santaluz achievements indicate an ongoing demand for the upscale lifestyle and the luxury amenities that go with it.

  • How much is commuting costing your employees?

    How much is a commuter's time on the road worth? For Cassandra Kinchen, who makes the 60-mile roundtrip from her home in Southwest California to the courthouse in Vista each day, it's costing almost $7,500 a year.

  • Although Riverside housing values skyrocket, prices still trail San Diego

    Although western Riverside County, known as a cheaper housing market than San Diego, has not been immune to skyrocketing home values, the price difference between the two neighbors has continued to grow.

  • Legislature enhances density bonus, other incentives

    Amendments to state law providing for density bonuses and other incentives may make it more attractive for developers to include lower-income housing in their projects.

  • Summit Performance Group provides corporate incentive travel, meeting services

    Headquartered in Carmel Mountain Ranch, the Summit Performance Group (SPG) has become one of the industry's leading providers of corporate incentive travel and meeting management services to both large and small companies.

  • John Laing Homes emerges as one of North County's leading developers

    Contributing to the economic development of San Diego's North County, leading developer John Laing Homes helps communities grow and prosper. In addition to building quality homes and neighborhoods for families to live, the company has steadily added to local job growth by increasing its employees both in the field and at their Carlsbad-based headquarter.

  • Gregory Canyon Landfill one step closer to start of construction

    Gregory Canyon Ltd., developers of the Gregory Canyon Landfill in north San Diego County, announced last month that the permit application for the landfill is "complete," moving the project one step closer to the start of construction.

  • Sandag making plans with $14 billion TransNet

    The $14 billion TransNet extension that got the minimum 67 percent of the vote needed for passage last November may enable Sandag to put seven major projects on a faster schedule.

  • Oceanside's renaissance continues

    As available oceanfront property in San Diego continues to dwindle, developers who once ignored Oceanside now see dollar signs when they consider the coastal city as a site for new residential, hotel and commercial projects. The city boasts some of the best beaches in the county as well as a recreational pier and a 950-slip harbor.

  • Sares•Regis Group Expands Presence in San Diego

    Over the past six months, the Commercial Development Division of Sares•Regis Group (SRG Commercial) has made a substantial investment in commercial real estate in Southern California, and specifically San Diego County.

  • Controlling cost escalation in development

    It is not news to any of us that the price for real estate, both residential and commercial, continues to grow. As consumers this exponential price escalation is a phenomena that has amazed us for nearly a decade now.

  • North Island Credit Union receives highest customer service rating

    North Island Credit Union has been rated the best financial institution for customer service in 2004.

  • Vision for downtown Oceanside village becoming reality

    Oceanside continues to be the site for a lot of new and planned construction in 2005. So much is going on that the city has put the haul routes for some of the major projects downtown on the city's Web site.

  • Moonlight Stage Productions unveils summer season

    Moonlight Stage Productions celebrates 25 years of Moonlight musical magic with the announcement of an exciting, blockbuster 2005 Summer Season of musicals for all ages at its outdoor facility, the Moonlight Amphitheatre, in Brengle Terrace Park.

  • What's selling in San Diego County: 24/7 Auctions provides tips

    You've cleaned out your closet, attic, garage or storage locker, and now find yourself besieged by a galaxy of odd items -- possibly collectibles -- that you'd like to sell, but you doubt anyone in their right mind would ever actually pay anything for them. Well, eBay could be your answer.

  • Vista news in brief

    Mayor, VEDA president outline goals

  • Revitalization fosters economic prosperity in Vista

    Witnessing a vision become a reality is a rewarding experience. Just ask Vista Mayor Morris Vance. Having served as Vista's city manager for 17 years before taking on his current role, Vance now has the satisfaction of seeing projects he helped plant the seeds for years ago, such as Vista Village, blossom into sources of prosperity, enjoyment and pride for the city.

  • North Coastal Business Group brings professionals together

    What started as a chat over lunch about the frustrations of meeting other professionals has evolved into the North Coastal Business Group -- a monthly gathering of businesspeople from North County (and beyond) to network and establish business connections.

  • Credit unions find growth of North County appealing for business expansion

    It's no secret that once quiet and sleepy North San Diego County is undergoing a noticeable growth spurt. The 2000 U.S. census shows the North County's population to be approximately 750,000 residents, or 26 percent of the entire San Diego County, and its annual growth rate has been 2 percent between 1990 and 2000, compared to 1.3 percent for the rest of the county during that time period. Population in the North County is projected to grow 25 percent by the year 2015.

  • Discover the Discovery Bank difference

    The San Diego region is blessed with a number of community banks that offer traditional banking products with personalized service. Customers have flocked to community banks as welcomed alternatives to larger money-center banks, and many of those who've become community bank stockholders have seen the value of their investments rise handsomely.

  • North County BIA scholarships lay foundation for tomorrow's leaders

    The North County Division of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County (BIA) is currently accepting applications for its 15th annual scholarship program, estimated to award approximately $50,000 in scholarships to North County high school students.

  • Incentives for employees of privately-owned businesses: The three Rs

    Some of the most important issues regularly faced by business owners are compensation and equity participation for their employees. The use of employee ownership programs as a tool to incentivize employees is one of the hottest trends in the country.

  • CSU San Marcos fundraising campaign reaches halfway mark

    The College of Business Administration at California State University San Marcos has reached the halfway mark in its effort to raise $12 million.

  • San Marcos Chamber strives to help every local business succeed

    The business of doing business can be tough, sometimes downright discouraging. A large, established company may face problems on a different scale than a smaller, entrepreneurial business, but the success of every San Marcos company is at the heart of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.

  • Brisk sales of million-dollar custom home lots reflect strong demand

    Standing atop a 900-foot peak overlooking the San Dieguito River Valley, Gary Driver takes in breathtaking ocean and foothill views while surveying construction of custom homes on dozens of one-of-a-kind properties at Cielo, the hillside village in Rancho Santa Fe.

  • PR and marketing a driving force behind the success of North County's fastest-growing companies

    Now is an exciting time for North San Diego County. Positive change is visible in the growth of hospitality, retail, technology and service industries, along with the thousands of area housing units currently in development.

  • North Convention & Visitors Bureau generated millions in visitor spending

    The San Diego North Convention & Visitors Bureau presented its 2004 year-in-review and 2005 outlook for the hospitality industry at its 2005 annual meeting, which took place March 17. Over 200 people were in attendance.

  • Carlsbad office, industrial markets heat up

    The Carlsbad office and industrial markets are heating up, with steadily increasing demand for space fueling a wave of new build-to-suit and speculative space that will begin hitting the market in late 2005 and 2006.

  • Poway Business Park continues to thrive

    Poway takes pride in its rural setting, excellent schools and having the lowest crime rate in San Diego County.

  • Phase one of Parkway Business Center in Poway

    DPR Construction Inc. has completed tilting walls on the first phase of Parkway Business Center in Poway.

  • Fisher's new portable, walk-through metal detector used in Iraqi elections

    Poway-based Cohu Inc. (Nasdaq: COHU) announced Tuesday that one of its smaller subsidiaries, Fisher Research Laboratory Inc., recently sold over 100 M-Scope portable walk-through metal detectors to the Marines. The M-Scopes were used to help secure the Jan. 30 Iraqi election.

  • Experts examine state of North County industrial inventory

    North San Diego County is one of the few places in the region that has substantial available land for business parks, and sizable swaths of this property will come online later this year and into 2006.

  • North County's prosperity hinges on tech businesses, panelists say

    The future economic health of North County -- and San Diego in general -- will depend on small to medium-sized technology companies that bring high-paying jobs and put less strain on local infrastructure, some industry leaders said at a summit held earlier this year.

  • Credit unions a solution to small business banking

    Small businesses, many of which face high-costs and inaccessible service from other financial institutions, need the type of member-focused flexible services that credit unions specialize in offering.

  • Scripps Corporate Plaza announces available office space

    Scripps Corporate Plaza, a three-building, 243,116-square-foot office project in Scripps Ranch, has announced the current availability of four new spec office suites to accommodate small businesses and executive users, according to Kimberley Morgan, property manager with PM Realty Group Inc., manager of Scripps Corporate Plaza.

  • Affordability begins with availability

    Last week, I got the opportunity to be a part of a special one-hour news program on local channel 9 KUSI called "San Diego's Housing Crisis."

  • Adhering to key principles critical to business success

    My experience in working with businesses, as well as cities to develop their brand identities has revealed a number of factors that are generally shared by those that are most successful. They are usually those who have adhered to a set of key principles or critical success factors.