“We’ve worked hard to spread the word about economic development because it’s still relatively new territory for San Marcos,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster, who has led the division since in launched in 2015.
In fact, economic development was named a top priority in 2015, spurred largely by an increasingly competitive business landscape. And the city’s charter–a voter-approved guiding document–says staff should embrace a business-like mentality and find ways to boost revenue, which certainly applies to economic development.
“Our businesses are a critical piece of our local economy, supplying more than 40,000 jobs here in San Marcos,” Sangster said. “When we empower our businesses to succeed, the entire community benefits.”
Working under the City’s newly minted brand and tagline, “Discover San Marcos,” city staff invited the public to learn more about its economic development division, which is gaining steam as the City’s surrounding business community grows.
“Our business inventory has grown by 25 percent in the past decade alone, and we expect that growth to continue,” Sangster said. “That’s partly why we’re committed to proactive economic development and this award speaks to that.”
During CALED’s annual conference in Monterrey, CA, Sangster formally accepted the award, which is the City’s first economic development honor.
“This is a great starting point for us,” Sangster said. “We contribute a $7.9 billion annual GDP to the regional economy. And as North County’s education hub, we also produce 10 percent of the region’s total academic program completions. This recognition rightfully puts San Marcos on the map.”
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Local San Marcos Businesses, Associations and Project EverGreen Join Forces to Deliver More Than $22,000 in Playing Surface Improvements and Create A Greener, Healthier, Cooler Earth
Saturday, December 2, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (rain or shine). Media can film b-roll of renovation work being performed and conduct interviews with participating donors and Project EverGreen staff. From Noon – 1:00 p.m. there will be a donor recognition ceremony, honoring Hunter Industries, participating landscape contractors and suppliers, and the City of San Marcos Parks & Recreation Department. Boxed lunches will be available for media and volunteers.
William Bradley Park, 1587 Linda Vista Dr, San Marcos, CA 92078
The playing surface of William Bradley Park’s Field # 3 has become uneven due to the settling of decomposing organic matter (the park was built on a former landfill in the 1960s). Field # 3 receives significant year around usage – an estimated 4,000 youth use the multi-sport field annually for baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse – and is in immediate need of attention.
Project EverGreen, with a Hunter Industries community service grant and Hunter Helping Others employees, along with the Southern California Sports Turf Managers Association, and local landscape contractors and suppliers – all volunteers, have come together to donate time, expertise and supplies – with an estimated value exceeding $22,000 – to make this improvement in the City of San Marcos a reality.
Renovation Project Facts & Community Benefits
The renovation of William Bradley Park Field # 3 encompasses a variety of elements and tasks that will not only revitalize the park’s green spaces but also provide a sustainable platform for future generations to enjoy and maintain the facility. Work scheduled to be completed includes:
Add nutrients to improve grass health
Cut field turfgrass edges, install new sod to improve player safety
Field laser level grading
Install Infield clay soil mix
Install outfield warning track mix
Outfield top dress sand to fill in uneven areas
Field and shrub beds Irrigation repair and re-alignment
New trees and shrubs bed planting
Mulching plant beds
Repair and paint ballfield dugouts, benches, fences, and backstop
Annual San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival & Street Faire
This Sunday is the annual Fall Festival & Street Faire hosted by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. The event is on Via Vera Cruz between San Marcos Blvd. and Grand Avenue and lasts from 9 am to 5 pm. This family friendly event includes nearly 200 vendors with food, crafts, jewelry, artwork and more
The industry is the city’s second-largest economic sector
San Marcos is home to a bustling manufacturing industry, and though most of us never actually see it, recent findings reveal just how much business is booming in the city’s industrial parks.
Manufacturing is the city’s second-largest economic sector, accounting for nearly 7 percent of local gross domestic product (GDP), or about $5M annually—and providing 11 percent of the city’s employment, which is about 4,300 jobs, according toresearch by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (San Diego Regional EDC).
What’s more, the median income for manufacturing jobs in San Marcos is about $70,000, which is nearly $15,000 higher than the rest of the region, state and nation. That’s thanks to a cluster of high-tech companies that make medical devices and information technology instruments.
“San Marcos is fortunate to have a manufacturing industry that attracts top talent and is a major contributor to our city’s economy,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill.
Of course, this begs the question: What has attracted these manufacturers to San Marcos? And what is keeping them here?
The answer largely boils down to ample industrial space, and increasingly, a more collaborative relationship with the growing city.
For example, Hunter Industries, a global leader in irrigation, was launched in San Marcos 36 years ago and is now the city’s largest private employer. As the company has expanded, the city has been able to accommodate its headquarters, which now spans 20 acres and 11 buildings.
“We don’t have to pick up and move miles away as we grow,” explained Scotty Lombardi, Hunter Industries Senior Manager of Global Talent Management. “In fact, we’re about to break ground on another empty lot in our business park.”
The company also has 1 billion square-feet of manufacturing space across the world, but it’s managed to keep about 30 percent here in San Marcos. But beyond space, Lombardi says Hunter Industries has appreciated more outreach from the city in recent years.
“We are now much more aware of what’s happening in the city around us,” he said. “San Marcos has made it clear they’re a business partner and that makes us want to stay.”
That mix of industrial inventory and a business-friendly government is not only keeping longstanding companies put but is also attracting new manufacturers—particularly in the rising wave of craft beer and spirits.
The city already has nearly a dozen distilleries and breweries, which will soon include Raging Cider & Mead Co, slated to open next month.
“San Marcos is a great location for us because it has breweries, taphouses and pubs that cater to a public looking for new experiences in the world of craft beverages,” said David Carr, President of Raging Cider & Mead Co.
And though this venture is part of an emerging scene, Carr himself is no stranger to the San Marcos manufacturing industry. In fact, for the past 17 years San Marcos has been home to his other manufacturing company, Crown Steel, which specializes in custom stainless steel fabrication and restaurant equipment.
Carr now plans to run both manufacturing companies out of his 20,000 square-foot industrial space. As a longtime local entrepreneur, Carr says working with other manufacturers is one of the things he enjoys most about being in San Marcos.
“We have discovered many other manufacturers in San Marcos who either provide services we need or have use of services we offer, and that’s been very good for our business,” he said.
Collectively, all that manufacturing activity in San Marcos is helping the San Diego region keep its footing as an industry hub, which includes more than 3,000 companies supporting more than 105,000 jobs, according the to San Diego Regional EDC.
In that vein, the upcoming Manufacturing Day, a national series of events that aims to celebrate the industry, is slated for the first week of October and locally, there in an event that will include San Marcos.
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