The East County EDC Foundation was established in 1998 as a 501c3 non-profit corporation to address specific research, education, and economic development projects.
In its first 12 years, the East County EDC Foundation raised over $500,000 for discretionary shop classes, equipment, tooling, materials, scholarships, and student awards. Funds raised were in honor of Matt Magagna, a standout industrial arts student who passed away in April 20, 2000. The Foundation made commitments to students to help students in vocational/technical schools and community colleges who may be struggling and need an extra boost to help keep them on the right path; developing and funding programs to continue shop classes in East County high schools and community colleges. With the help of Bob Taylor and Taylor Guitars, the Foundation, raised funds for shop classes and their teachers so they may upgrade machinery, buy basic tools, supplies, and raw materials. Fundraising efforts for discretionary shop class have ceased due to many of these classes disappearing from school campuses, the remaining funds were distributed throughout this year.
In July 2014, the Foundation made a generous donation of $50,000, in honor of Matt Magagna, for the Technology Center in the new La Mesa Clubhouse of the Boys and Girls Club of East County. At the check presentation on July 24, Diane Magagna, Matt’s mother and Director of International Sales at Taylor Guitars, received a plaque recognizing her son that will grace the door of the La Mesa Technology Center.
|CEO: Jo Marie Diamond, President and CEO, East County EDC||Vice Chair: Joe Mackey, President/CEO, XL Staffing & Excell Security Inc|
|Chair: John W. Minto, Mayor, City of Santee||Treasurer: Robert Pennoyer, CEO, RLP Enterprises|
|Secretary: John Olsen, CEO, John Olsen Marketing|
Robert (Bob) Taylor