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July 2 2014   
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The North County Manufacturing Executive Roundtable hosted in the City of Vista Civic Center was a resounding success. Over 100 professionals, representing numerous industries, heard opening remarks from County Supervisor Dave Roberts and Lee Morrison of Bank of America.  Reo Carr, executive editor of the San Diego Business Journal, moderated the panel and topics featured issues and strengths of North County's manufacturing industry.

 

The six panelists - Clark Crawford, vice president of sales and business development, Soitec Solar; Christine Jensen, special programs coordinator, MiraCosta College; Jeffrey McCain,CEO, McCain, Inc; Michele Nash-Hoff, chair, CA Chapter of the Coalition for a Prosperous America; Chris Roth, vice president, Lee & Associates; and Martin Wood, CEO, Delkin Devices; covered reshoring of manufacturing plants, environmental concerns, filling the gap between education and manufacturers' need for skilled labor, and the economic incentives that are and should be available. 

 

Reshoring, according to Nash-Hoff, was started due to quality issues. She mentioned that other nations don't necessarily honor U.S. patent laws, which can lead to the theft of intellectual property, hurting U.S. companies in the long run. Extensive discussion followed about why outsourcing manufacturing to China is becoming more of a thing of the past (increasing wages, quality control, and problem-resolution) and why America is benefiting from the shift.

 

Roth stated "the quality of life here in Southern California is a great incentive for companies to continue operating here even though [manufacturing companies] are not receiving the same type of incentives from the local and state governments." This was one of the major points made in explaining why manufacturers tend to stay in California, despite the sometimes harsh business environment. Roth also stated that a key decision factor in contemplating a company relocation is the difficulty entailed in moving employees and their families. 

 

A shortage of local, trained machinists to work in the facilities was another issue the panelists shared about, regarding manufacturing in North County. According to Wood, "it is hard to find people to fill the positions they need, because most of [the blue collar laborers] live further south, in South County." Crawford seconded that comment, by saying that workers are coming from points south, as well...even from Mexico.  McCain added mass transportation needs to improve to deal with the issue of where employees are traveling from to accommodate the job availability. And Jensen shared that colleges are shifting in the programs they are now offering, in an effort to meet the needs of employers. She encouraged the companies to check with their local community colleges to inquire about the various programs available.

  

If you would like to hear more about the outlook for manufacturing in North County, click here to listen to Carl Morgan, CEO of SDNEDC in an interview with KPBS.

 

Bank of America and The Eastridge Group of Staffing Companies sponsored the North County Manufacturing Executive Roundtable.

  

Roundtable participants: (l-r) Todd Davis, Christine Jensen, Martin Wood, Jeffrey McCain, Mayor of Vista Judy Ritter, Clark Crawford, Chris Roth, Carl Morgan, Michele Nash-Hoff, Reo Carr, and County Supervisor Dave Roberts. 


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Happy and Safe Fourth of July!  



In The News
Scripps Encinitas Celebrates Opening of Hospital Expansion July 1
Health care in North County receives a major shot in the arm with the July 1 grand opening of the Leichtag Foundation Critical Care Pavilion, which includes a new emergency department and inpatient rooms at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas.  As part of the grand opening event, Scripps revealed that the building bears the name of the Leichtag Foundation, a local philanthropic organization that in 2009 donated $10 million toward the two-story facility.  Photo from left:  Chris Van Gorder, President/CEO, Scripps Health; SD County Supervisor Dave Roberts; Dr. Scott Eisman, chief of staff, Scripps Encinitas; Carl Etter, chief executive, Scripps Encinitas; Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar; Tom Grant, patient and philanthropist; Jim Farley, President/CEO, Leichtag Foundation.
Craft Brews Continue to Flow Through San Diego
Some recent comments by the CEO at Molson Coors Brewing are likely to stir up the conversation at local craft-beer businesses around San Diego. In an interview with Bloomberg News, Peter Swinburn said North American craft breweries are "massively overvalued," a reference to the price to be paid by a major brewer to add a craft beer company to its portfolio. The National University report says the Stone restaurant and brewing facility in Escondido is the third-largest visitor destination in the North County after the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Legoland California in Carlsbad.
Breeders Cup Coming to Del Mar

The Breeders Cup World Championships, described as the Super Bowl of thoroughbred horse racing, is coming to the Del Mar Race Track in November 2017, the organization that puts on the races announced.  It's the first time the prestigious annual event is being held here and is the result of a concerted campaign waged by the local track to attract it, Del Mar officials said. 

Assessed Value of Property Climbs by 6 Percent

The 2014 assessed value of all taxable property in San Diego County increased by 6 percent from last year, but the majority of homeowners will only see an increased value of less than one half of one percent, Assessor Ernie Dronenburg reported.  Comparable sales and other market data have indicated that the market value of residential property in San Diego County has been increasing. "This year we are partially or totally restoring many of these properties to their indexed Proposition 13 values because market values are up," said Dronenburg. Value notices will be sent to affected property owners after the July 7. 

What's Happening in San Diego?
Construction EXPO 2014

Join San Diego Unified School District for San Diego's preeminent construction-focused procurement event for contractors, architects, engineers and construction- related vendors, suppliers, and manufacturers. This even will take place on July 9, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Kearny High School.  

 

When: July 9, 2014

Where: Construction Tech Academy, Kearny High School  

7651 Wellington Street, San Diego, CA 92111   

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Surviving Workers' Comp in 2014

Are you Surviving Workers' Compensation in 2014? Join us for breakfast and let our expert panelists help. We will arm you with the tools you will need to navigate Workers' Compensation by gaining an understanding of how injuries occur and the associated medical treatment.  Attendance is complimentary, and breakfast is included, so there really is NO excuse to miss out! 

 

When: July 11, 2014

Where: Vista Chamber of Commerce  

127 Main St, Vista, CA 92084   

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North County Craft Brew Symposium

Date: August 6, 2014
Time: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: City of Vista Civic Center

Join San Diego North Economic Development Council as we host the first ever North County Craft Brew Symposium.

 

The Symposium will explore the economic impact and importance of the Craft Brew industry in North County, how the region can support and grow this industry, and will explore the ancillary services that serve craft breweries.

 

The event will include a National University Report - North County Update; Q&A with the ABC; four (4) different panel topics; Exhibit Booths; and more!

 

Contact www.sdnedc.org or 760-510-3179 for more info and to sponsor.