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Central Coast small businesses stack up well against rest of Golden State

By   /  Friday, June 1st, 2012  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Central Coast small businesses stack up well against rest of Golden State

The Central Coast finished at the top of California’s regional rankings, with the Bay Area a very close second.

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Feinstein: Federal and state gov’t needs to focus on tax policies

By   /  Wednesday, May 30th, 2012  /  Latest news, Tri-County Economy  /  1 Comment

For the United States to truly recover from the Great Recession, the federal government and its state counterparts need to be creative with tax reform and budget proposals to jumpstart the economy. That was the view of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Read More →

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Goleta partners with UCSB, chamber to attract tech

By   /  Friday, May 25th, 2012  /  Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Goleta partners with UCSB, chamber to attract tech

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This story, originally published online on May 18, was updated with additional quotes and information. The updated version, published May 25, is below]. On the heels of $463 million in business investment since 2010, the city of Goleta is teaming up with its neighbor UC Santa Barbara and the Goleta Valley Chamber of Read More →

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Williams: Green jobs key to Central Coast economy

By   /  Monday, May 21st, 2012  /  Green Coast, Latest news, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Williams: Green jobs key to Central Coast economy

The Central Coast has the potential to be a green-jobs leader, but the public sector must provide supportive policies. That was the view from 35th District Assembly Member Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, who hosted the second annual Green Jobs Summit at Ventura City Hall on May 19. Government needs to “send the right signals,” he Read More →

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Stagterity: An economic ailment the region may not shake easily

By   /  Friday, May 18th, 2012  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Stagterity: An economic ailment the region may not shake easily

By the time Gov. Jerry Brown’s desperate actions to close a $15.7 billion budget gap trickle down to the Central Coast, the region will be stuck at zero growth rates for as far as the eye can see. What we face is a situation where stagnation is fueled by austerity, resulting in a condition I’ve Read More →

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Editorial: Giving California the tools it needs to succeed

By   /  Friday, May 11th, 2012  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Giving California the tools it needs to succeed

Sacramento, we’ve got a problem. CEO Magazine has ranked California dead last among the 50 states in its annual survey of the best and worst places to do business. An Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation study of 6,000 small business owners has given California an F grade when it comes to business friendliness. When your state Read More →

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Editorial: Oil could bring much-needed jobs to North Santa Barbara County

By   /  Friday, May 11th, 2012  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Oil could bring much-needed jobs to North Santa Barbara County

The UC Santa Barbara forecast in Santa Maria  recently raised a provocative idea for speeding jobs and growth in the Central Coast: What if the North County opened the doors to more onshore oil-and-gas exploration and development? Many experts believe that discoverable reserves are plentiful throughout the Tri-Counties. But getting permits is practically impossible at Read More →

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