April 12, 2017
Chamber Workshops
4/18
Constant Contact: Power of the Inbox
4/19
SCORE Presentation: Master the Sales Process
Feedback Survey
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Young Professionals
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Are you a Young Professional or know one? Whether you are young in age or at heart, if you're a Chamber Member we would love to feature you in the newsletter. Please email philip@escondidochamber.org 
Rorie Johnston  
This morning, I attended the 4th Annual North County Economic Summit, held at CSUSM by the North County Economic Development Corporation under the leadership of their new Chief Professional Officer, Mike Cully. The program was packed with statics and outlooks for our region. Overall, we are in good shape and the future looks promising.
 
One of the featured experts was Mark Vitner, Managing Director and Senior Economist for Wells Fargo, responsible for tracking U.S. and regional economic trends. When it comes to understanding trends and forecasting growth, Mark is the man to listen to. Taken from an interview published in the North County Business Journal, here is what Mark has to say about our region:
 
"North County's climate and location are tremendous assets. The weather makes the region ideal for companies that conduct a great deal of their business outdoors and also helps attract the highly skilled, creative workers necessary to attract and grown new industries. The biggest challenges by far are the costs of living and constant battles with traffic congestion. Unfortunately, there in not a silver bullet that would solve these problems. Easing up on land use constraints and reducing entitlement costs on residential land development would help."

"To improve the economy and create more jobs, we need to encourage innovation and encourage businesses to look to local partners to collaborate with on promising ventures. We also need to make it easier to do business in North County. We have consistently strong job growth in some of the fastest-growing and best-paying industries, including life sciences, biotechnology, wireless communications,  wearable technologies and leisure. The region is also attracting more  venture capital and is consistently looked at as a great place to start a business."
  
"I am most optimistic that the federal government is now looking at how they can help businesses grow by rolling back burdensome regulations and standing up for them during international trade negotiations." 

These insights are important as we consider the educational opportunities for our youth and the industry development for our city. 


Sincerely,
 
Rorie Johnston
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The North San Diego County Association of Realtors (NSDCAR), a real estate trade association for San Diego-area realtors, has released its 2016 4th Quarter real estate market summary covering statistics on housing prices and inventory for North San Diego County areas.  "It remains a challenging housing market in North San Diego County communities, but, overall, we're optimistic for 2017," said Michael Carunchio 2017 NSDCAR President. "We have continued concerns about inventory and greater competition for those fewer properties, which will increase prices and prevent some first-time buyers from entering the market. While sales prices were up in most communities, the number of homes for sale decreased in year-to-year comparisons, along with days on market and months of supply."

Government 
Assemblywoman Marie Waldron

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Hosed at the pump....

That's the message from Governor Brown and his Sacramento allies as they passed Senate Bill 1, imposing massive tax increases on California's motorists. Our worn out roads are a direct result of failed leadership and broken promises, not a lack of money.  Californians already pay among the highest fuel and vehicle fees in the nation. Even so, our highways are among the country's worst.  General Fund spending increased by $36 billion over the past six years with no additional revenue directed toward highway projects, while existing transportation funds were diverted elsewhere. Where did that money go? With more vehicles than any other state, economies of scale dictate we should pay less for fuel, not more.
 
Community 
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The City of Escondido offers free graffiti removal kits. The kits contains supplies and instructions for safely removing graffiti. If you would like to pick up a kit, contact the Public Works Department Street Section at 760-839-4668 or stop by and pick one up at 475 North Spruce Street.  In addition to the kits, you can call the Streets Division to remove graffiti from any private or public property. Graffiti can be reported by calling 760-839-4OFF (4633) or by using the City of Escondido ReportIt! App to easily report graffiti, potholes, and other issues all from one convenient interface. Download it today on the App Store.
 
Free graffiti removal kits available
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The 107th Annual Installation and Awards dinner is right around the corner! 
Enjoy an evening of entertainment, great food and help us celebrate excellence.

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Grand Ave Festival
May 21

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