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Horn honored for three decades by SDNEDC

Bill Horn receiving the first Bill Horn North County Steward Award from Mark Kalpakgian, Chairman, Board of Directors, San Diego North Economic Development Council.

Retiring Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn was honored Friday afternoon by the organization he helped found decades ago at the “Excellence in Economic Development Awards Luncheon,” hosted by the San Diego North Economic Development Council (SDNEDC.)

North County Interfaith’s CEO Greg Anglea was awarded the Leadership North County’s Fran Aleshire Award and One Stop Systems, Inc., based in Escondido, was one of the North County businesses to recieve the Excellence In Economic Development Award.

Several hundred of North County’s top business and civic leaders celebrated the growth of the region’s economy and acknowledged eight outstanding economic development achievements during a special luncheon at Cal State University San Marcos.

“Thanks to the hard work and innovative spirit of so many, North County’s economy continues to flourish,” said W. Erik Bruvold, CEO of the SDNEDC, which represents companies that collectively employ more than 200,000 North County residents. “From high-tech to healthcare to craft brewing, our economy is growing and putting more people to work, enhancing the quality of life for everyone.”

Horn, who was instrumental in creating the SDNEDC more than 25 years ago, was presented with the first annual Bill Horn North County Steward Award.

“Supervisor Horn has been one of businesses’ most staunch advocates,” said Bruvold. “Not only did he help launch our group, he helped deliver several transportation projects that are vitally important to our business community, he established programs that prepare veterans for the workplace, and he’s been a driving force at the county to create a climate that is supportive of businesses large and small.”

Jim Ison, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for One Stop Systems, accepting the North County Excellence in Economic Development Award on behalf of One Stop Systems.

Other award winners included: 

• Leadership North County’s Fran Alshire Award went to Greg Angleas, chief executive officer, Interfaith Community Services.

• North County Pinnacle Award went to Cal State University San Marcos for establishing an Engineering Degree Program.

• Excellence In Economic Development Award Winners: One Stop Systems, Inc.

Headquartered in Escondido, One Stop Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures computing systems for deep learning, artificial intelligence, finance and entertainment applications. In January OSS became the first IPO of the year in the County and soon thereafter signed a six-year lease that expands its headquarters by more than a third. This expansion brings private investment and more jobs from a cutting edge technology to the 78 Corridor, furthering the goals of the Innovate 78 economic development collaborative.

City of Encinitas / Leucadia Streetscape

With the goal of revitalizing and beautifying Encinitas’ North Coast Highway Corridor, the Leucadia Streetscape project includes the addition of landscaping, roundabouts, as well as pedestrian and bicycling improvements, including crosswalks, protected bicycle lanes and additional parking. 

FCI Tech Center

Located in San Marcos, FCI Tech Center is a new state-of-the-art surface mount electronics operation. Currently employing 225 North County residents, FCI recently invested in capital equipment, leasing and additional building space, and additional human resources to produce fully assembled and tested surface-mount electronic circuit boards used with its products. 

S.D. Malkin Properties, Inc.

Generating millions of dollars in tax revenue and hundreds of jobs, S.D. Malkin Properties, Inc. is developing a destination resort in downtown Oceanside that will include 20,000-square feet of meeting and function space and 6,400 SF of ballroom space. 

MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College recently created a new four-year degree program where students can earn their bachelor’s degrees at a fraction of the cost of a private four-year university and be ready for the job market. The 2+2 program allows students who earn their two-year degree from Mira CostaCollege in business, nursing, computer information, technology, and child development to take upper division courses taught by professors from Point Loma Nazarene University. 

Vista Honda Dealership

Located in Vista, Honda recently worked with city staff to select and establish a 7-acre site for their new dealership, which is expected to create 100 new local jobs.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals

Ionis Pharmaceuticals is one of the largest life sciences employers in Carlsbad, developing drugs that are changing the world. They recently made a substantial investment in their main campus on Gazelle Court in the Carlsbad Oaks North business park. 


Founded by a group of local business leaders and community stakeholders in 1992, the SDNEDC has been presenting North County as one of the world’s finest places to live, work and play for more than 25 years. SDNEDC exists to foster the growth of our economy and enhance the quality of life for everyone in the North County.

Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services, (right) receiving the Fran Aleshire Leadership Award. Next to him is Chuck Matthews, Director of the North Coastal and North Inland Regions for the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency and last year’s recipient of the award.

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