San Diego Water Authority Wins $188M Lawsuit Against Metropolitan Water District

Wednesday, July 15, 2015-The San Diego Water Authority celebrated two major victories and $188 million dollars in their win in the rate case against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. A San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled in a tentative decision that the MWD pay the San Diego County Water Authority $188.3 million plus interest for charging illegal water rates from years 2011-2014. Judge Karnow tentatively rejected all of MWD’s defenses to the Water Authority’s l...
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Heads Up, California Competes Program Tax Credit Allocation Schedule is Here

State GO-Biz office has announced the California Competes Program Tax Credit Allocation Schedule for fiscal year 2015-16. GO-Biz office will accept applications for the California Competes Tax Credit during the following periods: • July 20, 2015, through August 17, 2015 ($75 million available) (panel meeting set for Nov. 10th) • January 4, 2016, through January 25, 2016 ($75 million available) • March 7, 2016, through March 28, 2016 ($50.9 million plus any remaining unallocated amoun...
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Welcoming Back East County’s Chem-tronics as the New GKN Aerospace

Longtime East County Manufacturer and ECEDC member, Chem-tronics  has officially merged with GKN plc a British engineering company that specializes in product manufacturing worldwide. GKN Aerospace Chem-tronics is now the aerospace division of GKN and will continue to grow as a leading producer of lightweight, chemically-milled structural products for aerospace engines in the commercial, military, aerospace and space markets. The East County EDC welcomes back Chem-tronics in its renewed membersh...
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Dr. Arthur Blain on Safe Summer Swimming for Your Kids

Dr. Arthur Blain, Chief Medical Officer at San Diego’s Mountain Health and Community Services spoke with the San Diego Union Tribune about the dangers of inexperienced child swimmers being around water, as well as the precautions parents should take this summer to ensure a safe and fun swimming season for all. To read the full article click here: Keep kids safe in summer waters
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5/1 Aerotropolis Arrival Fast-Approaching

ECONOMY: 2 Airports Prepare for Bigger Roles South and East County economic development groups are pressing ahead with efforts to turn two small local airports into big regional economic generators by creating the nation’s next “aerotropolis.” Armed with results of a $40,000 joint feasibility study funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the South County Economic Development Council and San Diego East County Economic Development Council will now pursue separate paths to spu...
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4/24 3-D Printing Is Beginning to Spread Its Wings Locally

Katie Rast uses the word “powerful” when she talks about 3-D printing. In her eyes, the technology has all sorts of potential. The technology helps companies quickly build prototypes of products. Less often, it builds the finished products themselves. A Tennessee company called Feetz makes custom-fitted shoes on 3-D printers, and San Jose-based Align Technologies Inc. uses the process to make its Invisalign-brand dental retainers. The process — sometimes called 3-D printing and other times...
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4/20 ‘Aerotropolis’ construction studied for Gillespie, Brown airports

By THOR KAMBAN BIBERMAN, The Daily Transcript A two-part report has been launched to promote industrial, office and retail development surrounding Gillespie Field in El Cajon and Brown Field in the South Bay. The South County Economic Development Council and the San Diego East County Economic Development Council simultaneously released reports on how to foster what has been called an "aerotropolis." The concept calls for the creation of concentrated economic hubs around airports to conn...
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2/6 Taylor Guitars Stays Close to Home to Find Global Talent

WORKFORCE: CFO Leverages Connections With SDSU, UCSD, USD By Emmet Pierce In addition to having a reputation for making quality musical instruments, Taylor Guitars is known as a local company that has successfully embraced an international business strategy. It has developed relationships with the largest universities in the county and continues to cultivate talent through internships and staff hires. Barbara Wight, Taylor’s chief financial officer, oversees the El Cajon-based company’s...
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1/28 Op-Ed: It’s not your parents’ vocational education anymore

By Ralf Swenson, Peter Ellsworth & Laura Kohn Back in the day, as the expression goes, students could take career-related courses in high school, graduate and get a decent job right away. Many fret that vocational courses have disappeared from our high schools in favor of college prep for all students. The reality is that career and technical education in San Diego County is on the cusp of a rebirth, one that will create unprecedented opportunities for students and a vibrant workforce to ...
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