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2017 Year in Review

The 78 Corridor's 2017 story was one of growth, innovation and collaboration across different communities and industries. And even in a year riddled with uncertainties, North County - as part of the broader San Diego region - remained committed to driving positive change. 
So, we’re sharing the top North County stories from 2017 as a reminder of just how lucky we are to call this place home.
 
  • Study: One in five tech firms in SD County is located along the 78 Corridor
    The technology cluster along the 78 Corridor spans 70 different industries and 200 unique occupations. This well-established and diverse tech cluster is expected to grow by five percent over the next five years, according to a study released early this year by Innovate78.
  • Ionis Pharmaceuticals among MIT's list of smartest companies
    Carlsbad-based Ionis Pharmaceuticals was included on MIT Technology Review's list of smartest companies in the world. Coming in at #20, the company was regarded for its development of Spinraza, a RNA therapeutic that combats spinal muscular atrophy. Adding to its global renown, the drug maker also secured an international deal with a Chinese biotech company Ribo to develop and sell its medicines in China.
  • Local schools, universities bolster talent pipeline
    North County educational institutions - from K-12 to university - are expanding programs and campuses to accommodate increased enrollment and industry needs. This year's successes include:

    -Oceanside-based MiraCosta College has welcomed the first cohort of students as part of its four-year bachelor’s program in biomanufacturing

    -Through a $225,000 donation by Malin and Roberta Burnham, Cal State San Marcos plans to launch the Burnham Leadership Experience in the university's College of Business Administration

    -San Marcos teamed up with Tesla to install, operate and maintain solar panels across several K-12 schools in the area - expected to save the district an estimated $30 million over 20 years

  • Scripps, Palomar expand along the Corridor
    North County's healthcare industry is booming, with renowned Scripps Health and Palomar Health announcing expansion plans along the 78 Corridor. Scripps plans to open a three-story, 85,000 square foot office building and urgent care center in Oceanside, while Palomar's new crisis stabilization unit in Escondido will provide short-term care for patients experiencing an acute psychiatric and/or substance use crisis.
  • Escondido leads in green energy future

This year, EDCO unveiled its newest recycling facility in Escondido, built as part of the company's goal of achieving zero waste throughout the region. The state-of-the-art Escondido Resource Recovery Center diverts 520 billion pounds of waste coming from San Diego. The green city also became home to the largest battery storage facility in the world.

  • Beer industry thrives along Hops Highway
    They don't call us Hops Highway for nothing. This year, we learned Vista has the most breweries per capita than any city in California proving that North County continues to flourish in this industry. Adding to the hype, CSU San Marcos launched Brewchive along with other bubbling beer programs and locals Stone Brewing, Bagby Beer Company, Pizza Port, Karl Strauss and others took home awards at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival.
  • Meritor invests in TransPower, accelerating EV platforms
    Escondido-based TransPower secured an investment from global automotive company Meritor, which will support the local company in doubling its workforce and expanding its operations. Meritor's investment could enable large-scale manufacturing of electric drive components and systems.

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