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Santa Maria, remixed: City looks for winning formula

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Santa Maria, remixed: City looks for winning formula

A year after Santa Maria got a new theater complex and a Fallas Discount Store moved into the space formerly occupied by a Mervyn’s department store, city leaders are still scratching their heads over how best to revitalize its struggling retail core.

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Strawberry grower, Heritage Oaks head to trial over loan contract

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Banking & Finance, Central Coast, Law, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Strawberry grower, Heritage Oaks head to trial over loan contract

A Santa Maria strawberry grower’s lawsuit alleging that Heritage Oaks Bank’s failure to provide financing after promising to do so drove the grower into near-bankruptcy is headed to trial later this month.

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Op/ed: The Bob Hatch legacy, and lessons learned from a great mentor

By   /  Friday, July 4th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: The Bob Hatch legacy, and lessons learned from a great mentor

By Gina Keough I joined the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce team in 1999. As staff, we saw President and CEO Bob Hatch’s business side, his military side, his funny side, his serious side, his angry side and his human side. Perhaps a better title than president and CEO would be “mentor.” What makes Read More →

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Co-working spaces foster startups in Santa Maria, Westlake Village

By   /  Friday, June 27th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Co-working spaces foster startups in Santa Maria, Westlake Village

New co-working spaces are springing up in Santa Maria and Westlake Village.

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Op/ed: The nexus of poverty, education and economic development

By   /  Friday, June 20th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: The nexus of poverty, education and economic development

Persistent poverty can only be addressed by building a system that allows for economic mobility.

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Editorial: New Santa Maria chamber CEO looks to build on legacy

By   /  Friday, May 16th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: New Santa Maria chamber CEO looks to build on legacy

Glenn Morris looks like a smart pick to run the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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Rupert: IT and finance lead Santa Barbara County growth

By   /  Monday, May 12th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Central Coast, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Rupert: IT and finance lead Santa Barbara County growth

Led by “off the charts” growth in the information technology, banking and finance sectors, Santa Barbara County is outpacing California when it comes to economic growth.

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