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San Marcos helps businesses secure more than $500K in tax credits

The savings will help create dozens of jobs in the city

The City of San Marcos helped two San Marcos businesses secure more than $500,000 in state income tax credits, allowing them to collectively create nearly 30 local jobs.

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) awarded a $446,700 California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) to x-ray machine company Creative Electron and a $100,000 CCTC to Quick Charge Power, which makes charging equipment for electrical vehicles.

These companies are exempt from paying state income taxes in the amount awarded—an incentive to help them grow their operations with its savings, Creative Electron will hire 22 employees over the next four years and Quick Charge Power plans to hire another seven.

“The California Competes Tax Credit encourages companies from around the world to locate, expand and add good paying jobs in California,” said GO-Biz Director Panorea Avdis.

Last year, the City helped secure $850,000 in CCTC awards for two other San Marcos companies, which are in the process of adding another 50 jobs. This means that in the past two years, the City has helped secure nearly $1.4M for local businesses, which in turn is creating 79 local jobs.

“I think this underscores the fact that San Marcos is a community worth investing in—even when considered at a regional or state level,” said San Marcos Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster. “We contribute a $7.9 billion annual GDP to the regional economy, largely thanks to leading companies like Creative Electron and Quick Charge Power.”

And with these CCTC awards in place, San Marcos is poised to have an even greater impact on the regional economy, according to local experts at the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (San Diego Regional EDC).

“This is a win for all of North County,” said Jennifer Schoeneck, Economic Development Manager for San Diego Regional EDC. She tracks the economy along Interstate 78 that snakes through Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido, commonly known as the ‘78 Corridor.’ “The two San Marcos companies that won tax credits will be hiring more employees, which creates a positive economic impact not only for the city, but also elevates the entire 78 Corridor.”

With only 63 companies making the list during this most recent round, earning a CCTC is highly competitive—and in fact, San Marcos was the only North County city on the list. Both companies largely credit their success to guidance from City staff and the San Diego Regional EDC.

“They helped guarantee a smooth application process and were always available for questions,” said Bill Cardoso, CEO of Creative Electron. “I am thankful for that assistance because this is an excellent opportunity to continue growing here in San Marcos.”

“In all my interactions, staff has been very efficient, professional and helpful,” said Quick Charge CEO and Founder Tony Williams. “They’ve made it clear they are here to engage and support businesses. They get an A plus in my book.”

“When we foster a thriving local economy, our entire community benefits,” Sangster added. “It drives the high quality of life we all enjoy here in San Marcos.”

And for any other business owners who may be eyeing a CCTC, Williams says go for it.

“Don’t let the size of your business keep you from applying. If you’re growing, then you should do it. Especially considering that city staff is there to help you through the process.”

Sangster encourages business owners to reach out for more information—especially because there will be more CCTC awards available later this year, pending an approved state budget.

“Economic development is a relatively new priority for us, so business owners may not realize this is a service we can provide—but we are trying to get the word out,” she explained. “There are many resources out there for business owners, and we are eager to help them discover those.”

If you would like more information about the CCTC program or the City’s economic development division, please contact Tess Sangster at TSangster@san-marcos.net or (760) 744-1050, ext. 3120.

Rip Current Brewing Racks-Up Awards at Two International Beer Competitions

Rip Current Brewing Racks-Up Awards at Two International Beer Competitions

The brewery’s German-style bock beer was recognized on the global stage

Rip Current Brewing (Rip Current) recently won several awards during the World Beer Cup and the San Diego International Beer Festival and for its German-style bock and pilsner beers.

Rip Current’s Breakline Bock won a bronze medal May 3 at the World Beer Cup, a prestigious competition with more than 8,000 entries from 2,515 breweries. Breakline Bock is a German-style dark lager featuring a rich, dark malt flavor—yet, it finishes semi-dry, so it can be consumed by the liter-glass at festivals. This style is one of the most difficult to brew, making it especially significant to achieve a world-class example.

Winning entries were blindly judged by a panel of beer experts from 33 countries. Because the competition was worldwide, this means judges considered Breakline Bock to be among the best in the world.

“We are excited to announce our victory in the renowned World Beer Cup, which is our first, but are confident will not be our last,” said Rip Current Co-founder and Brewmaster Paul Sangster, adding that the brewery was one of only six Independent breweries in San Diego County to earn a medal. “We are proud and humbled to have won a medal in this fiercely competitive category—especially considering how many quality German-style bock beers were entered, including many from Germany.”

Just a couple days earlier, Rip Current’s Breakline Bock also won a silver award at the San Diego International Beer Festival—which included over 1,500 entries from 260 breweries.

During that competition, Rip Current also claimed a gold award for its Delaminator Doppelbock, a doppel (double) sized, higher alcohol-by-volume (ABV) beer that is a more dark-malt-forward version of a traditional bock. Lastly, Rip Current won another silver award for its Choppy Surf Czech-style Pilsner, a bohemian pilsner lager with a complex graham cracker-like backbone supporting an herbal hop aroma and flavor.

 

This is the third year in a row that Rip Current has amassed one of the highest medal counts of any brewery at the San Diego International Beer Festival.

“This year we had another very strong showing at the San Diego International Beer Festival, which really speaks to the fact that our team at Rip Current is continuing to make world class beers of many diverse styles,” said Sangster of the brewery, which just celebrated its fifth anniversary. “We invite everyone to help us celebrate at one of our tasting rooms with some of our award-winning beers.”

All of Rip Current’s award-winning beers are available this week at their tasting room in San Marcos at 1325 Grand Avenue, suite #100, and in North Park at 4101 30th Street.

More about Rip Current

Born from the dream of two homebrewing craft beer-lovers, Rip Current launched in December 2012. It is proud to be an independently owned, operated, and self-distributed craft beer manufacturer that is emerging as a local industry leader.

Rip Current was named Very Small Brewing Company and Brewer of the Year at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. It has won many awards at the most prestigious regional, national and international beer competitions.

For more information about Rip Current, please visit http://ripcurrentbrewing.com/

San Marcos wins state award for economic development efforts

The honor recognizes the city’s public outreach over the past year

On Friday, March 16 the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) honored the City of San Marcos with an Award of Merit for its public outreach efforts surrounding economic development.

The award recognizes the City’s efforts to inform the public about its economic development program over the past year, which included a promotional video, series of news stories, informative brochure, community profile, interactive online demographic dashboard and social media campaign.

“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.”

Annual San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival & Street Faire

Photo by Alan Crosthwaite

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

 

New Data: San Marcos Manufacturing is Booming

New Data: San Marcos Manufacturing is Booming

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 to research 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.

On Wednesday, October 4, MiraCosta Community College will host North County Manufacturing Day, which will feature a networking event and a resource fair. For more information, you can visit https://www.mfgday.com/events/2017/miracosta-technology-career-institute.

“Events like these are important because they shine a light on an often unseen yet important industry for the regional economy—and San Marcos is proud to be a driving force behind that,” Radmill said.

To learn more about the city’s economic development efforts, contact Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill at tradmill@san-marcos.net.

Taste of San Marcos hosted by the San Marcos Chamber Commerce

Taste of San Marcos hosted by the San Marcos Chamber Commerce. Attendees sampled and judged the best bites from 20+ local restaurants. Voting for the Golden Fork. San Elijo Hills resident owned business participated.

Taste of San Marcos This Saturday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Taste of San Marcos

Sample and judge the best bites from 20+ of our finest local restaurants. Your vote will award the Golden Fork to the best bite of the day. Upgrade your ticket to include unlimited craft beer samples in our own Beer Garden.

Taste of San Marcos 2017
Date: September 23, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM4:00 PM PDT
Tickets – Website:www.sanmarcoschamber.com
Location:
Hosted in the hippest area of San Marcos – North City!
(all along North City Drive)
Contact Information:
Melanie Jamil 760-744-1270
Fees/Admission:
Ticket Sales – In Advance
$20.00 Food Sampling Only
$30.00 Food & Unlimited San Marcos Craft Beer SamplingsTicket Sales – At the Door
$25.00 Food Sampling Only
$35.00 Food & Unlimited San Marcos Craft Beer Samplings

Participating Restaurants
Ara Lebanese Grill
Cay Bistro
Chronic Tacos
Cocina del Charro
​Curry Craft
Decoy Dockside
Dickey’s Barbeque Pit
Everbowl
Halcyon Craft Bar & Coffee House
It’s Tabu Sushi Bar & Grill
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen
Nekter Juice Bar
Old California Coffee House and Eatery
Panda Express
Pick Up Stix
Pizza Nova
Rossi’s Pizza
​San Marcos Brewery & Grill
Stella Public House
URGE Gastropub & Common House

​Participating Breweries
Hop Concept, The
Lost Abbey, The
​Mason Ale Works
Newtopia Cyder
Rip Current Brewing
Stumblefoot Brewing Co.
​Port Brewing Co.

San Marcos rethinking downtown development plan – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Facing high demand for housing and less call for retail space, San Marcos is overhauling a decade-old plan that outlines what sort of development will go into is long-desired downtown core. City officials, looking for public input to help reshape the downtown plan, will hold a community workshop to tackle the topic next month. The goal is to have plan updated by next summer.For years, San Marcos has dreamed of building a mix of retail, office and housing to create — from scratch — a downtown core in an area it has dubbed the Creek District. The Creek District Specific Plan outlines what can be built and where. It includes 214 acres straddling the San Marcos Creek, parallel to San Marcos Boulevard, in the area of Bent Avenue, Grand Avenue and Discovery Street.The original plan called for roughly 2,300 residential units, 1.2 million square feet of retail space and 589,000 square feet of office space. READ MORE VIA Source: San Marcos rethinking downtown development plan – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Taste of San Marcos 2017

Taste of San Marcos

Sample and judge the best bites from 20+ of our finest local restaurants. Your vote will award the Golden Fork to the best bite of the day. Upgrade your ticket to include unlimited craft beer samples in our own Beer Garden.

Taste of San Marcos 2017
Date: September 23, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM4:00 PM PDT
Location:
Hosted in the hippest area of San Marcos – North City!
(all along North City Drive)
Contact Information:
Melanie Jamil 760-744-1270
Fees/Admission:
Ticket Sales – In Advance
$20.00 Food Sampling Only
$30.00 Food & Unlimited San Marcos Craft Beer Samplings

Ticket Sales – At the Door
$25.00 Food Sampling Only
$35.00 Food & Unlimited San Marcos Craft Beer Samplings

Participating Restaurants
Ara Lebanese Grill
Cay Bistro
Chronic Tacos
Cocina del Charro
​Curry Craft
Decoy Dockside
Dickey’s Barbeque Pit
Everbowl
Halcyon Craft Bar & Coffee House
It’s Tabu Sushi Bar & Grill
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen
Nekter Juice Bar
Old California Coffee House and Eatery
Panda Express
Pick Up Stix
Pizza Nova
Rossi’s Pizza
​San Marcos Brewery & Grill
Stella Public House
URGE Gastropub & Common House

​Participating Breweries
Hop Concept, The
Lost Abbey, The
​Mason Ale Works
Newtopia Cyder
Rip Current Brewing
Stumblefoot Brewing Co.
​Port Brewing Co.

City of San Marcos Boosting Its Economic Development Efforts

From tax-credit education to an easier permitting process, the city is striving to do business better

When it comes to economic development, the City of San Marcos is raising the bar and local businesses are taking note—like Cliniqa, a bio-techne company that just went through an expansion.

“What can be a lengthy permit process was made easier by the wonderful employees in the Planning, Fire and Building departments,” said Lisa Profeta, Facilities Manager at Cliniqa in San Marcos.

The city has always embraced entrepreneurship because it drives a high quality of life—but it took center stage in 2012 when the State ended redevelopment programming, which took a toll on local business growth. Coupled with the recession, San Marcos saw a need to be more proactive in its economic development.

“City Council quickly realized we needed to focus our energy there if we wanted to remain a thriving, leading city,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “Given that, City Council created a vision for a more business-friendly San Marcos.”

That vision began to take shape in 2015, when the city’s first economic development division was created. Since then, significant progress has been made, including the hire of an economic development manager and the launch of the San Marcos Business Walk Program, a twice-a-year event where volunteers collect feedback about the challenges facing local commerce.

Staff has also worked to cut a lot of red tape from the development approval process—everything from making it easier to navigate the land entitlement process, to bolstering city and private sector collaboration on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) document preparation, to a City of San Marcos and Building Industry Association (BIA) pilot project  that is under development to allow for digital submission of project plans to save money on construction document printing costs, which can run $20,000 to $70,000 per on a typical subdivision during the entirety of the development approval process.”

“The city Development Services team, particularly Planning staff, are constantly working with the city’s Economic Development Manager to understand the needs of existing and prospective businesses,” said  Director of Development Services Dahvia Lynch. “Planning and Economic Development go hand in hand and our collaboration is crucial to our improvements, which are a work in progress.”

In fact, staff still sees plenty of room for improvements. For example, they are working to give business owners more opportunities to save time or money by streamlining and more clearly defining permitting process. There are also plans to standardize more reference materials for the permitting process, and to make more resources available online for business owners.

“Ideally, we would love to empower more business owners with the knowledge and resources they need,” Lynch said.

In that vein, city staff has also started to educate business owners about any benefits that they may qualify for. For example, Wholesale Shade was awarded a $500,000 California Competes Tax Credit, which Founder and CEO Patrick Howe learned about through the bi-monthly Council Business Visits. As part of the credit, the company intends to create 26 jobs over the next five years.

Likewise, the Council Business Visits, also led Cliniqa to apply, resulting in a $350,000 California Competes Tax Credit, with which the company plans to use to create 24 jobs over the next five years. Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation worked closely with the two companies—along with other San Marcos businesses that hope to receive the credit in the future—to simplify the application process.

“Most business owners I know are focused on the daily challenges of keeping their doors open and are not experts at regulations or government programs,” Howe explained. “Knowing that the City of San Marcos is a partner in the success of our business is reassuring.”

Radmill says that’s precisely how she hopes the business community views the city: a partner in their success.

“We’re working to ensure our local businesses are empowered to reach their full potential because their success is part of what drives the high quality of life we all enjoy here in San Marcos.”

To learn more about the city’s economic development efforts, contact Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill at tradmill@san-marcos.net.

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