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After a lengthy investigation, Qualcomm Inc. early in the year settled charges that it broke China’s anti-monopoly law, paying a $925 million fine and restructuring its Chinese license agreements. The year went downhill from there.
Haggen Food & Pharmacy San Diego County shoppers barely had time to notice, but the region this year bore witness to what some industry observers called the fastest failure in the modern history of grocery retailing.
Behind the brick and mortar and acres of reflective glass that stretch across San Diego’s sun-drenched landscape are the men and women who are shaping the region’s future.
Some call them power brokers, but it really isn’t about power. It’s about salesmanship, leadership and the ability to be politically and financially agile in an increasingly competitive and creative environment.
ECONOMY: Organizations Turned to Their Top Players To Skillfully Navigate 2015
To borrow a line from Frank Sinatra, it was a very good year. Perhaps not for all business leaders. But for those with foresight and drive, those in sync with the economy of 2015, the year was great.
INNOVATION: From Barrooms to Biotech Labs, These Inventors Obtained Their Goal of Earning Patents
Hundreds of patents are filed every month by San Diego companies and it’s no surprise Qualcomm Inc. often accounts for the lion’s share of applications. During the 30-day period from Oct. 10 to Nov. 10, the technology giant was issued 221 patents.
PROPERTY: Economic Activity and Space Demands Raise Rents But Also Motivate Landlords to Improve Offerings
Many San Diego County office tenants landed some great “Class A” space at bargain prices in the immediate aftermath of the Great Recession of 2009-2010. Now, many of those businesses are facing what local commercial brokers aptly describe as “sticker shock,” as leases signed during that period come up for renewal.
FINANCE: Zebit’s Payroll Lending System Gives Employees a New Work Perk And Retailers a Piece of the Profits on Purchases
When San Diego-based lender Global Analytics bought a Philadelphia startup last year, it billed the acquisition as the perfect jumping off point to introduce its product to U.S. borrowers.
INSURANCE: The Arrival of the Employer Mandate Brings New Rules, Regulations and Questions to Cos.
The Affordable Care Act’s controversial Employer Mandate is finally here.
TECH: Code-Writing Boot Camps Are Popping Up As Students Seek Opportunity to Join the Tech Sector
The recruits wear shaggy beards and it’s laptops, not rifles, that have become their new best friends.
DEFENSE: The Pentagon Cash Flow Is Kind to Some Cos., But the Specter of Defense Budget Cuts Still Looms
How healthy is the region’s defense economy? In the short term, it’s great. In the long term, observers seem a little more guarded
WORKFORCE: Many Sectors Are Looking to Hire as Gains in Employment Are Made in Most Major Industries
San Diego’s technology, life sciences and health care sectors remain the region’s largest sources of employment growth and are expected to continue hiring at a steady clip throughout the next year, economists say.
SPORT: Yulex Corp. Gets Natural Rubber From Guayule Plant
San Diego is not only home to the first “green” surfboard made from algae, but it also claims a wetsuit made from desert shrubs. It smells like pine trees and eucalyptus, a far cry from that hot rubber smell of a neoprene suit left in the backseat of a surfer’s car.