July 25, 2017
Chamber Events
Good Morning Escondido!
Friday July 28th
Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, August 1st
Combined meeting:
Government Affairs and Economic Development
Tuesday, August 1st
Business After 5 Mixer
Thursday, August 10th
Escondido Magazine

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Rorie Johnston

Escondido is an innovation hub. A number of businesses have their start here, but as they have grown, have moved to a neighboring city as industrial space is limited. Take, for example, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap. They outgrew their location, tried to find a new home in Escondido, but ended up moving to Vista a few years ago. 

Keeping businesses in Escondido is the best way to build a strong economy. Just as it is easier to keep your current customers satisfied than trying to develop new ones, businesses are the same. As they grow, they employee more people who in turn support local commerce and are engaged in the community. 

So what is on the horizon for Escondido? How do we keep growing businesses here and attract new businesses?

Through development. Take a short drive around town. There is a lot of activity. From the former Toyota Truck Center at Broadway and Lincoln, to the new industrial park ground breaking on Harmony Grove.   The city of Escondido has a running report on all development activities at escondido.org

By the way, if you want to see an active innovation hub where ideas can flourish into unique and profitable businesses, visit the Escondido World Marketplace. Many a successful business owner had their start here. 


Rorie Johnston
Members, Maximize Your Presence 
It's time to update your Chamber Member profile, for two important reasons: 
  • Your business information will be published in the October Escondido Magazine.
  • Your information appears on the Escondido Chamber Website as a virtual brochure under the Chamber Directory. 

Take a look at three excellent examples of members who are maximizing their presence on the Chamber website:

Need help logging into your account and maximizing your online presence? Contact Philip at 760-745-2125, or email philip@escondidochamber.org.
Tell the community about YOU
The Escondido Magazine has been a long standing, reliable, quality community publication. We are pleased to announce that the next edition will include a chamber member directory and articles of interest from business and industry leaders, elected officials and workforce development organizations. 

What's going on in your organization, industry or business? Let us know by contributing an article for the October Escondido Magazine. Go here for details and  Submit your articles today!
GAC and EDC Combined Meeting, August 1st
Newland Sierra Project 

Housing has been a central topic for San Diego County, from lack of inventory to attainability. Housing availability has a direct impact on the local economy.

Thus, this month, the Government Affairs and Economic Development Committees will have a combined meeting on  Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 4:00 with special guest,   Rita Brandin, Senior V.P. and Development Director for Newland Communities.

Rita will give an update on the Newland Sierra project. Newland recently submitted the EIR and announced a very innovative community design that addresses future energy needs and open space. 

Attend to get the latest progress and all your questions answered regarding this proposed development off Deer Springs Rd.  

Congratulations, Ruth Hellams, for being named Interim Principal for DLA

Ruth Hellams has been selected to serve as Interim Principal for Del Lago Academy - Campus of Applied Science by the Escondido Union High School District. She replaces Keith Nuthall who accepted an administrative position in the Los Angeles County.  Mrs. Hellams has over 15 years of educational leadership experience at the secondary level, along with extensive training and knowledge in the latest research and innovations in curriculum, instruction and assessment.

How Escondido receives funding for local parks. 

Escondido has been awarded a $1,207,000 grant from the Housing-Related Parks (HRP) Program through the California Department of Housing and Community Development for the  work it has done to build new and preserve existing affordable housing. The City worked with three developers to build or preserve the following in the past year:
  • Solutions for Change recently built 33 new apartment homes. 
  • Community Housing Works purchased Cypress Cove (now Manzanita Apartments), and preserved a 200-unit affordable housing complex. 
  • KDF Communities re-syndicated and rehabilitated 91 affordable apartment homes. 
The Housing-Related Parks Program is a state program designed to reward local governments that approve housing for lower-income households and are in compliance with State housing element law with grant funds to create or rehabilitate parks and/or recreational facilities.
Calling all Golfers. Register today!

We have posters available to help promote our Golf Tournament in September. If you would like to hang one at your place of business or know of a business who would like to display one, please come pick some up or let me know and I will deliver. Also if you're interested in sponsoring the golf tournament click here!
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