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TOURISM: Sesame Place to Open in March
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is getting closer to opening its newest theme park under the colorful umbrella of its family of entertainment sites across the U.S.
TOURISM: Prestigious Event Slated for Summer 2023
When the men’s world lacrosse championship comes to San Diego in 2023, regardless of which team prevails, area officials say the event will be a big win for tourism in the county.
HOSPITALITY: Veteran Exec Randy Zupanski Takes Helm at Fabled Carlsbad Resort
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad has named veteran hotelier Randy Zupanski as its new managing director.
HEALTHCARE: Will Oversee More Than 700 EMTs, Paramedics, Dispatchers
Kevin Mercer, who began his career with American Medical Response (AMR) as a field paramedic 27 years ago, has been named the company’s new director for the San Diego County/Imperial County region.
RECREATION: Boutique Solana Beach Club Spotlights ‘Sweet Science’
Austin Steimle started boxing when he was a teenager on a high school boxing team in Cincinnati. A former Marine, Steimle never boxed professionally but has retained his passion for the sport.
This is my first opportunity to officially introduce myself, at least in first-person, as the San Diego Business Journal’s new editor-in-chief.
NONPROFITS: End of Year Donation Largest Ever by SD Processor
Local nonprofit Feeding San Diego has received its largest food donation to date from San Diego-based Jensen Meat Co.
Revenue at The Cravory Projected to Rise by 60% in 2022
The Cravory, a Poway-headquartered cookie company that has handcrafted over 5,000 unique flavors to date, continues to see sales surge.
Publishing: February 21, 2022 | Nomination Deadline: January 27, 2022 @ 5pm
HOSPITALITY: Joya Organic Kitchen to Open in La Jolla Next Month
Clique Hospitality, the Las Vegas-based restaurant and nightlife hospitality group, is expanding its San Diego footprint.
Shows to be Performed at New SDMT Stage Venue
The San Diego Musical Theatre, founded in 2006, has announced its 2022 lineup.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: SDNEDC Honors Retiring Development Director
Kevin Ham has worked as a grocery store clerk, owned his own computer retail store and sold insurance. “Those experiences really prepared me well for the industry I am very well-suited for, which is economic development,” Ham said.
SHIP REPAIR: Company Moving In; Set to Hire More than 200 by 2023
Austal USA, which builds small surface ships for the U.S. Navy, has big growth plans for National City. The defense contractor expects to make approximately $100 million worth of improvements to a newly leased bayfront site south of the 32nd Street naval station.
ENERGY: Abu Dhabi to Ink Infrastructure Pact
Sempra (NYSE: SRE) announced on Dec. 21 that it plans to sell a noncontrolling, 10% stake in its Sempra Infrastructure Partners business for $1.785 billion. The prospective buyer is the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.
RETAIL: New Product Launches Responsible for Growth, According to Co.
VitaCup, the manufacturer of vitamin-infused coffee and/or tea pods, bags and instant sticks, continues to expand through new product development.
Work Focuses on Accommodating Hybrid Meetings
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, a waterfront resort on the San Diego harbor, has completed the first phase of an $88 million renovation.
Selection of 10 Participants Reflects Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
The San Diego Tourism Authority has selected the first cohort for its diversity, equity and inclusion tourism accelerator.
EVENTS: Annual Festival to be Held in May
After a two-year hiatus, Gator by the Bay, the annual Louisiana-inspired four-day music and food festival, will return in 2022.
TRANSPORTATION: Private Aviation Co. Grows Charter Hours by 50%
The private jet industry is still booming. New research shows private aviation is set to emerge from the COVID-19 era as much as 10% stronger than it was before the virus.
ENVIRONMENT: New Law Mandates Food Waste Recycling
A new law requiring mandatory recycling of food scraps, yard trimmings and other organic waste kicks in across California on Jan. 1, 2022.
Applications Open for Spring 2022
Connect All @ the Jacobs Center, a local business accelerator program for low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs, has announced 10 new businesses have joined its fifth cohort for the fall of 2021.
First USDA-Certified Hard Cider Available in Cans
Coronado Brewing Company, a Coronado-based craft brewery, continues to reach new milestones.
HEALTHCARE: Acquired by Galderma, Carlsbad Firm Plans International Expansion
Alastin Skincare, Inc., the Carlsbad-based skincare company with more than $50 million in annual revenue, has entered its next growth phase - via acquisition.
JOBS: Effort Will Strengthen Regional Workforce Pipeline
The San Diego North Economic Development Council (SDNEDC) is launching an initiative designed to connect industry and education partners – and bridge the crucial gap between job explorers and their future careers.
NONPROFITS: Org. is a Partnership Bet. Padres Pedal the Cause and Immunotherapy Foundation
Curebound, a newly formed 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has lofty goals in the name of a good cause. Founded in 2013 as Padres Pedal the Cause, the organization legally changed its name to Curebound earlier this year.
WASTE MANAGEMENT: Escondido Firm Handles Hazardous, Radioactive Waste
Waste management services provider Ingenium has acquired WSR Environmental and Safety Management (WSR) in a deal announced Dec. 2.