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Auto exports drive record year at Port of Hueneme

By   /  Monday, September 29th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Auto exports drive record year at Port of Hueneme

The Port of Hueneme in Ventura County posted its best-ever year for international trade and its second-highest year on record for domestic and global trade combined, it said Sept. 22. Auto exports, up 30 percent year-over-year, led the surge during the port’s 2013-14 fiscal year. Total tonnage moving through the port during the year was Read More →

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Chumash award $112M hotel contract, eye October groundbreaking

By   /  Monday, September 29th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  1 Comment

  Tutor Perini Corp. has been selected to head up construction of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ controversial hotel expansion project. The building contract for the property at 3400 E. Highway 246 in Santa Ynez is valued at $112 million, Sylmar-based Tutor Perini said in a statement. It’s the first time a dollar Read More →

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Watkins: California jobs boom not what it seems

By   /  Friday, September 26th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  1 Comment

The Golden State has been outpacing the U.S. in job creation over the last three years, but all is not well. Skyrocketing housing costs mean that with a few exceptions clustered around the tech boom, California’s coastal counties are retirement havens, not entrepreneurship hubs. That’s the view from Bill Watkins, director of the California Economic Read More →

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$86.2M Sientra IPO plumps up public-company ranks

By   /  Friday, September 26th, 2014  /  South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on $86.2M Sientra IPO plumps up public-company ranks

With Santa Barbara-based breast implant maker Sientra’s Sept. 19 announcement that it plans to raise up to $86.2 million, the IPO has returned to the Tri-Counties in a big way. Sientra’s filing is the fourth initial public offering announced in the region this year, joining completed deals at Goleta-based Inogen and Santa Barbara-based Resonant for Read More →

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T.O. Boulevard revamp hinges on key project

By   /  Friday, September 26th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Real Estate, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on T.O. Boulevard revamp hinges on key project

Champions of the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan are feverishly optimistic in their expectations for the future of the three-mile-long, mostly commercial corridor. But some remaining constraints are putting all eyes on the fate of one particular project — developer Rick Principe’s 53-unit mixed-use concept at 1850 Thousand Oaks Blvd.

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Impact Radius offers alternative to advertising network model

By   /  Friday, September 26th, 2014  /  Central Coast, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Impact Radius offers alternative to advertising network model

Santa Barbara-based marketing technology firm Impact Radius says it is growing fast and signing up marquee customers.

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Nurturing the sole: Heeluxe leverages deals with Deckers, New Balance

By   /  Friday, September 26th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Nurturing the sole: Heeluxe leverages deals with Deckers, New Balance

Four years after launching a shoe insert that failed to bring homerun sales, Geoffrey Gray now has a thriving business in Heeluxe, a Goleta-based research lab for developing high performance footwear for the likes of New Balance, Mizuno and Deckers Brands, the parent company of Teva sandals.

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