Pacific Coast Business Times Proudly serving Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties 2019-04-18T22:53:07Z https://www.pacbiztimes.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Staff Report <![CDATA[Tri-Counties lands $5.5 million grant towards fire prevention]]> https://www.pacbiztimes.com/?p=52061 2019-04-18T22:53:07Z 2019-04-18T22:52:44Z Read More →]]> The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) will give out more than $43 million in funds for 66 fire prevention projects across the state, including nearly $5.5 million within the Tri-Counties.

The grants will enable local organizations to address the risk of wildfire and reduce the potential of wildfires in communities, according to a news release from Cal Fire.

Funded activities include fuel reduction, wildfire planning, and fire prevention education. These projects all meet the goals of California’s Strategic Fire Plan adopted in 2018, as well as the recommendations of Cal Fire’s “Community Wildfire Prevention & Mitigation Report.”

Related fire prevention projects within the Tri-Counties are receiving the funds. In Ventura County $90,231 will be allotted; in Santa Barbara County some $2.75 million; and in San Luis Obispo County some $2.65 million.

Over $33 million of the funds will be provided by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for California Climate Investments, a statewide program that works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy and improve public health and the environment. An additional $10 million comes from Cal Fire’s Community Wildfire Prevention Program.

— Contact Annabelle Blair at ablair@pacbiztimes.com

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Staff Report <![CDATA[Amgen brings Biotech Experience to the East Coast]]> https://www.pacbiztimes.com/?p=52058 2019-04-18T19:53:09Z 2019-04-18T19:53:09Z Read More →]]> Now in its 30th year, the Amgen Foundation’s Amgen Biotech Experience education program is expanding into Tampa, Fla., where it opened a $25 million capability center in late 2018.

The program offers three weeks of teacher development through lab and class initiatives, the Thousand Oaks pharmaceutical research giant said in a news release April 17. It also provides materials and equipment to classrooms to help students experience a research environment and learn scientific principles.

It has donated more than $25 million to the program cumulatively and $150 million toward science, technology, engineering and math education programs. The University of South Florida will serve as the program site in the Tampa area in partnership with six local high schools, the company said.

“Our goal is to ignite their interest in science and career possibilities,” said Gwen Cummings, site lead at the new Tampa facility. “Amgen is new to Tampa and the Amgen Foundation’s investment in the University of South Florida and Hillsborough County Public Schools is one way we are demonstrating our commitment to this vibrant community.”

Shares for Amgen had fallen more than 2.5 percent in midday trading to around $177.79 as of noon April 18, having dropped 7.5 percent over the prior week.

— Contact Marissa Nall at mnall@pacbiztimes.com

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Staff Report <![CDATA[LA-based utility takes over Ventura County water provider]]> https://www.pacbiztimes.com/?p=52054 2019-04-18T19:20:16Z 2019-04-18T19:20:16Z

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Staff Report <![CDATA[HG Insights integrating technology with Forrester’s research reporting tools]]> https://www.pacbiztimes.com/?p=52030 2019-04-16T21:58:38Z 2019-04-16T21:58:38Z

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Staff Report <![CDATA[CalAmp acquires Synovia Solutions for $50 million]]> https://www.pacbiztimes.com/?p=52028 2019-04-16T19:05:58Z 2019-04-16T19:05:58Z

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Staff Report <![CDATA[Silver Air title sponsor for Pacific Coast Open polo tournament]]> https://www.pacbiztimes.com/?p=51961 2019-04-14T07:47:55Z 2019-04-12T22:00:33Z Read More →]]> Silver Air, the private jet management and charter company with operations in Santa Barbara, is returning as title sponsor of the 2019 Silver Air Pacific Coast Open at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.

The polo tournament will be played Aug. 15 to Sept. 1, culminating with the final match on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

Silver Air, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2018, has expanded to become a worldwide operator with bases across Southern California, the Bay Area, Washington, Texas, Florida and New York.

“Everyone at Silver Air is excited to be back and supporting the premier polo event on the West Coast, the Pacific Coast Open at the Santa Barbara Polo Club,” said Chuck Stumpf, Silver Air’s president of business development. “The Santa Barbara Polo Club and Pacific Coast Open are great partners and friends, and we look forward to being a part of this wonderful tradition again this year.”

Silver Air made history at the 2018 Pacific Coast Open with a Boeing Business Jet fly over, and is already working on new ideas to uniquely celebrate this year’s grand event.

More than 100 years old, the Pacific Coast Open polo tournament is the most prestigious polo trophy in the Western States. Some of the best polo players in the world have competed for and won the Pacific Coast Open.

“We are thrilled to welcome back Silver Air as our Title Sponsor of the Pacific Coast Open,” said Santa Barbara Polo Club General Manager, David Sigman. “And we are looking forward to a most exciting season.”

“To our knowledge the Silver Air BBJ is the largest non-military jet to fly over a sporting event like the Pacific Coast Open, creating a historic moment for our club,” said Charles Ward, who directs the club sponsorship program. “We’re so happy to have Silver Air back, and we look forward to sharing more wonderful polo experiences with them and our polo teams and fans all year.”

For more information on Silver Air, go to www.silverair.com.

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