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State economist cautions that California is still on the mend

By   /  Thursday, January 23rd, 2014  /  Agribusiness, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on State economist cautions that California is still on the mend

Santa Barbara County’s economy relies heavily on its billion-dollar tourism and agricultural industries, two of the fastest-growing sectors of California’s economy by number of jobs. But those are also industries with highly seasonal workforces and generally low-paying wages.

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Special comment: Ventura County’s energy landscape

By   /  Friday, October 25th, 2013  /  East Ventura County, Latest news, Opinion, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Special comment: Ventura County’s energy landscape

Henry Dubroff

Ventura County has an diverse array of energy assets, but the rules are going to have to change if innovation is going to flourish in the region.

That was my takeaway after moderating two panels on the future of energy at the Ventura County Economic Development Association’s annual business outlook conference on Oct. 25.

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Ventura County developers pull back amid high vacancy

By   /  Friday, October 4th, 2013  /  Columns, East Ventura County, Real Estate, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Ventura County developers pull back amid high vacancy

The ’70s are back. At least when it comes to the state of commercial real estate development in Ventura County. While new home building in Ventura County is up compared to last year, commercial development is at a 37-year low, according to the latest report from the California Economic Forecast. Total investment in Ventura County Read More →

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Schniepp: Outlook calls for robust housing recovery, modest job gains

By   /  Thursday, September 19th, 2013  /  Latest news, Real Estate, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Schniepp: Outlook calls for robust housing recovery, modest job gains

Expect home prices to continue to rise and slow job-growth gains in Ventura County next year. That was the outlook from regional economist Mark Schniepp of the California Economic Forecast, speaking at Hyatt Westlake Plaza in Thousand Oaks on Sept. 19. Tracking trends at the statewide level, Ventura County will see more housing starts, retail Read More →

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Thornberg: SLO County poised to lead regional recovery

By   /  Friday, June 14th, 2013  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Thornberg: SLO County poised to lead regional recovery

With its wine grapes, relatively affordable housing and recovering labor market, San Luis Obispo County sits at the leading edge of the recovering in the Tri-Counties and statewide. That was the view from Chris Thornberg, founder of Los Angeles-based Beacon Economics, at the semi-annual Central Coast Economic Forecast held in Atascadero on June 6. Speaking Read More →

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Op/ed: Valuing the soft power of Ventura County

By   /  Friday, February 8th, 2013  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Valuing the soft power of Ventura County

While Ventura County’s hard power has taken a hit, the new State Of The Region Report gives plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future, based on those soft-power indicators.

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Retail leads South Coast CRE recovery as office market lags

By   /  Friday, November 9th, 2012  /  Columns, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Retail leads South Coast CRE recovery as office market lags

The lackluster office space market could throw a wrench in the recovery.