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The New Economy and the Future Economic Health of Southern ...


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  1. 1. The New Economy and the Future Economic Health of Southern California Venture Capital Investments in the Nation and the SCAG Region Updated October 2001
  2. 2. Venture Capital Defined <ul><li>Equity investments made in emerging private companies </li></ul><ul><li>Barometer of regional and national economic health </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies promising industry segments </li></ul><ul><li>Predictor of future output, employment, and wealth growth </li></ul>
  3. 3. Factors Influencing Where Capital is Invested <ul><li>Proximity to major research institutions and universities </li></ul><ul><li>Proximity to major international airports </li></ul><ul><li>Educated workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Proactive government </li></ul><ul><li>Venture capital firms located in the area </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural amenities </li></ul>
  4. 4. Venture Capital Investments in the United States <ul><li>Venture capital investments grew rapidly in 1999 and 2000, with the peak quarter in the 1st quarter 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Investments have dropped drastically in 2001 compared to the previous two years </li></ul><ul><li>California has received 46% of the investment dollars during the 1997-2nd Quarter 2001 time period </li></ul>
  5. 5. Nationally, Investments Peaked in the 1st Quarter of 2001
  6. 6. California is the National Heavy Weight in Venture Capital Investments
  7. 7. The SCAG Region Receives a greater percentage of Investments than San Diego...
  8. 8. … But SCAG Trails San Diego and the U.S. in Average Per Person Investments
  9. 9. Regionally, 2000 was the Best Year for Venture Capital Investments.
  10. 10. This 2-Year View Shows Investment Hot Spots in Santa Monica, Irvine, the South Bay, Pasadena, and the Conejo Corridor .
  11. 11. Currently, Venture Capital Investments remain Steady with 1st Quarter 2001 and Well Below the Previous Year’s Level.
  12. 12. Discussion - The Double Edged Sword of Venture Capital <ul><li>Venture capital investment is the fuel of the new economy and is necessary for future economic prosperity </li></ul><ul><li>Areas without venture capital investment in new economy jobs will lack the highest paying, most wealth generating jobs </li></ul><ul><li>However, venture capital investment inflates real estate prices, limiting the availability of affordable housing </li></ul>
  13. 13. Link to Jobs/Housing Balance <ul><li>Venture capital investments tend to flow to areas that are Jobs-Rich... </li></ul><ul><li>...Despite the fact that housing costs in these Jobs-Rich areas are higher than elsewhere </li></ul>
  14. 16. Future Ramifications <ul><li>The SCAG economy is diversified and has not been as adversely affected by the decrease in venture capital investments as Silicon Valley </li></ul><ul><li>In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the U.S., high paying New Economy jobs may be replaced with high paying engineering jobs </li></ul>
  15. 17. Future Ramifications <ul><li>The defense industry may resurface as a driving high-paying, wealth-generating industry in Southern California </li></ul>