San Diego Business Journal

SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

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Executive profile: Kristin Howell

Kristin Howell, senior portfolio manager with Meissner Jacquét Investment Management Services, is president of the board for the San Diego Building Owners and Managers Association.

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Businesses Embrace Working in San Diego’s Dynamic Urban Core

ECONOMY: Downtown Is Attracting Technology Cos. And Other Startups

Downtown boosters long have been urging more companies to come to the city’s commercial center, but some businesses need no convincing.

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It Takes an East Village, a Little Italy, a Gaslamp...

Economy: Downtown’s Hot Spots Draw Residents; Now They Need Businesses

Chelsea Bakewell can’t picture living and working anyplace other than downtown San Diego.

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Executive Profile: Steve Gamer

Steve Gamer is vice chancellor-advancement at the University of California, San Diego. He is responsible for leading campus fundraising efforts and alumni relations, and will be president of the UC San Diego Foundation.

Finding a Way to Get an Education that Makes Economic Sense

EDUCATION: The Cost of Four-Year Institutions Out Of Reach for Many Students

Soaring education costs and stagnant wages have led some educators and students to question the benefit of attending traditional U.S. colleges and universities.

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Community Involvement

Education: Greater Community College Role Proposed to Meet Needs

The way to address the shortage of college graduates in nursing and other technical fields is to empower California community colleges to begin issuing four-year degrees, some San Diego County educators advocate.

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‘A Change of Venue’

MEETINGS: These Meeting Sites Redefine A Business Environment

The things that San Diego is known for — our waterfront, our dynamic downtown, our military history, our world famous zoo, and the historic Del Mar racetrack — are also popular affordable venues for parties and meetings.

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Executive profile; Jody Blackinton

Jody Blackinton was recently promoted to regional director of operations for the West Coast for Hersha Hospitality. Hersha is a major hotel management, investment and development firm. It provides turn-key management, asset management or receivership solutions for 130 hotels in 20 states, including the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown.

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Steady Leadership

PROPERTY: New CEO Carries on Realty Income’s Solid Investment Strategy

The new CEO of Realty Income Corp. had an education in real estate that began while he was still in the seventh grade, working on projects being built by his father’s development company along the Gulf Coast, near his Alabama home town of Mobile.

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Commercial Real Estate Professionals Agree Market Is on the Mend

PROPERTY: Experts Gather to Discuss the State of the Market

San Diego County’s commercial real estate industry is showing strong signs of recovery, although the recession isn’t over. That’s the view expressed by real estate professionals who took part in a recent roundtable discussion hosted by the San Diego Business Journal.

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Professional Profile: Leigh Kyle

Leigh Kyle is managing principal at Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects. Since joining the firm in 2004, she’s been project manager for a variety of work, including the San Diego Downtown Parks and Open Space Implementation Plan and the San Diego Federal Courthouse.

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Country Music Star Shares Life Story to Promote Foster Care

Kudos/Giving Column

Walden Family Services, a nonprofit foster care and adoption agency, recently held its 10th annual Wine D’Vine Gala fundraising event, which raised nearly $300K to further the organization’s mission of providing care and support to foster children and families.