Santa Barbara County needs to rethink the role of economic development if it is going to retain upper middle class and head of household jobs.
That was the theme of the Oct. 31 annual summit of the Santa Barbara Technology & Industry Association. Held on Halloween day at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott hotel in Buellton, the event painted a scary economic future for the county.Read More →
Procter & Gamble will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Family Care Plant in Oxnard this month, a remarkable milestone when viewed against the decline in manufacturing jobs in California and across the nation. The Oxnard plant makes Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet tissue in huge quantities that supply California and parts of the western U.S.Read More →
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.Read More →
Gov. Jerry Brown has named Ventura and Kern counties among four newly-established innovation hubs designed to spur job growth. The so-called Kern-Ventura i-Hub is designed to foster the growth of high-tech companies in aerospace, energy and other fields and is part of the California iDEA Hub. It will be based in Ridgecrest, in Kern County Read More →Read More →
More than 6,100 civilian Department of Defense employees in the Tri-Counties have started taking one-day-a-week unpaid furloughs between now and the end of September. But economic experts expect the immediate impact to be minimal. Any deep effects on the regional economy aren’t likely to emerge unless and until families begin to feel their net worth Read More →Read More →
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The number of companies and cities in the Tri-Counties that might benefit from the new regime of tax credits and Go-Biz perks is substantial.Read More →