SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS
Nationwide investment in construction projects is picking up as the general economy recovers, and San Diego County is reflecting that trend.
Border: Cross-Border Trade Is Vital to Growth Of California's Economy
Through good and bad times, the economies of South San Diego County and Tijuana remain closely connected as thousands of people — workers and visitors — cross the border each day, and billions of dollars in products are exchanged between the U.S. and Mexico.
In the early 2000s, land in South County was plentiful and massive housing developments were sprouting up and selling out right and left. It was a time of naïve optimism and the assumption that the housing market would never go down. Then it did.
After weathering the long recession, South San Diego County businesses are poised for economic growth.
Sue Reynolds, president and CEO of Community HousingWorks, describes herself as a passionate social entreprenuer fiercely focused on CHWs long-term impact of sustainability, financial health and changing families’ futures.
CLEAN-TECH: Cos. Offer Green Alternatives to Help Meet Energy Needs and Provide Local Jobs
San Diego’s clean technology sector is flourishing: From solar power and wind technologies to clean transportation, algae-based industrial chemicals and biofuels, the region is lush with companies that are pushing new boundaries in sustainability – and creating new jobs.
It’s spring, which means time for many banks to release surveys of their small business clients.
Steven Sefton, president and CEO of Regents Bank, has spent his entire career in banking — much of it in top leadership positions.
Banking: Retailer Offers Services That Many Banks Stopped Due to Regulations
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., with some 4,000 stores nationally, recently launched a money transfer business that undercuts the fees charged by market leaders Western Union and MoneyGram, and is causing some distress among bankers.
FINANCE: Banks Compete for Customers With Assets Beyond Cash
The San Diego market may be overbanked by some measures but don’t tell that to Umpqua Bank and California Republic Bank, which just joined a group of 54 commercial lenders — not counting credit unions and finance companies — that do business here.
management: Hiring Consultants Can Help Leverage Growth
Throughout the recent recession and subsequent recovery, San Diego-area businesses have relied heavily on management consulting firms to help them make the most of their potential.
Jim Spain, the San Diego managing regional director for Colliers International, has been in commercial real estate since November of 1982, when he joined Iliff Thorn and Co., the predecessor company to Colliers in San Diego. Colliers, a global commercial real estate firm with offices in 63 countries and revenues of more than $2.1 billion, acquired Iliff Thorn in 1994.