Tag Archive: San Diego

  1. New PERE Report on Equity in San Diego

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    Steady growth in high-tech sectors, including biotech, cleantech, and medical technology, have been a boon to the San Diego region. Between 2000 and 2010, employment in these high-skilled fields increased over 20 percent in spite of the Recession. However, this prosperity fails to reach a majority of San Diego residents. According to PolicyLink’s National Equity Atlas, San Diego ranks #62 in income inequality among the largest 150 metro regions in the United States. Higher paid, higher skilled jobs are increasingly out of reach for a growing segment of the population, and lower skilled jobs in sectors like hospitality and tourism, offer stagnant wages and little opportunity for advancement. (more…)

  2. A More Transparent Development Process

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    Image from Cornell University Sustainable Design: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cusd/7953248594/in/photostream/

    A rebounding economy has led to a resurgence of development activity in real estate markets throughout the country. But as high-rise condos, multi-family rentals, creative office blocs, and boutique hotel developments begin to crop up in thriving urban markets, the backlash is inevitable. Much of the criticism centers on unaffordability, the lack of community amenities, and the impression that developers are scoring major concessions at the expense of taxpayers and local residents. But is there a better way to do development?

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  3. Rail Transit in Panama

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    Image from ELP Advisors

    Image from ELP Advisors

    With First Rail Transit Line in Central America, Panama Aims to Remake its Urban Centers

    This month, ELP heads south to Panama to explore Central America’s very first rail transit system. With the recent opening of the Panama City’s Metro de Panama, as well as concurrent improvements to MetroBus, the regional bus system, Panama City is poised to not only increase connectivity, but also radically alter its urban landscape.

    In October, a delegation of Panamanian officials, including key legislators, finance experts, and city planning officials, visited California and met with public, private and non-profit sector leaders to discuss issues of social and urban economic development. (more…)

  4. The Blue Economy

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    With over half of the world’s surface covered by water, and over ninety percent of the world’s freight transported over ocean, it is no surprise that the oft-overlooked maritime sector is of critical importance to the global economy.  With the expansion of the Panama Canal, ports all over the U.S. are updating their existing infrastructure and technology to accommodate the ginormous container ships that are soon coming our way. However, no two local maritime economies are alike.

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  5. San Diego-Baja California: A Rising Hub for Manufacturing & Trade

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    Image from PNNL – Pacific Northwester National Laboratory: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pnnl/4295477717/sizes/o/in/photostream/

    Mexico is beginning to see a widening cost advantage over China as a manufacturing center, which is good news for the U.S., and potentially great news for the San Diego-Baja California region. (more…)

  6. Universities as Economic Drivers

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    Cities and regions have long looked for ways to utilize science and technology as drivers for economic growth. One of the most successful strategies has been to use low-cost land to build research parks affiliated with research universities. Many regions have used this technology-based economic development strategy to generate sustainable technology clusters that create jobs, spur entrepreneurship, and generate economic value over the long-term. (more…)

  7. Aerospace Re-Emerging in Southern California

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    The end of the Cold War and the subsequent cuts in government defense spending brought Southern California’s once thriving aerospace industry to the brink of collapse. Between 1990 and 2000 the region’s aerospace industry lost over half of its workforce [PDF]. Already immersed in a recession, the loss of thousands of high paying, middle-class jobs plunged Southern California into a deep economic malaise from which it was a long, slow recovery.

    Although many of these jobs were lost decades ago, aerospace remains an important driver of the region’s economy. (more…)