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138,000 the number of people working for San Diego's Innovation Economy. Learn More.

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304,000 SD defense economy—including uniformed military, civilian employees of DOD, and private defense companies. Learn more.

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50% San Diego's local commerce accounts for 50% of the regional economy. Learn more.

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San Diego is home to more than 80  academic and applied research institutions Learn More.

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  • Home of the world's first osteopathic medical school, established in 1892, A.T. Still University is recognized around the world as a renowned, multidisciplinary healthcare educator. ATSU instills in students the compassion and hands-on experience needed to address the needs of the whole person.

    The community in San Diego welcomed us with open arms, introduced us to key business leaders, and the individuals that we came in contact with were extremely helpful. 

    Dr. Craig Phelps

    Executive Vice President
    of Strategic Initiatives from
    A.T. Still University (ATSU)

  • Takeda California is a research division of Takeda, Japan's largest pharmaceutical company.  Takeda California combines protein X-ray cyrstallography, small molecule, antibody, and antibody drug-conjugate capabilities in innovative ways to design potential new medicines for cancer, diabetes, and inflammatory diseases. 

    The region continues to have a strong reputation as a leading, competitive global biotechnology cluster, and we are currently exploring a number of potential collaborations with exceptional local university and biotechnology laboratories.

    Keith Wilson

    President and Chief
    Scientific Officer,
    Takeda California

  • The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a successful manufacturing organization with over 50 years of experience in precision machining.  They provide jobs for people who are blind, deaf-blind, and blind with other disabilities. seattlelighthouse.org

    San Diego makes sense for us because of the strong military economy; it is where our customers and contracts are located, such as the Navy base. 

    Kirk Adams

    President and CEO
    The Lighthouse for the Blind

  • Pristine Environments’ manages, maintains and optimizes the performance of mission critical facilities for corporate real estate owners in nearly 75 Million sqft of specialized buildings throughout North America. pristine-environments.com

    The decision to move to San Diego was much more than weather driven, I realized very quickly that running a company with offices all over North America was more efficient from the west coast. The depth of knowledge, experience and talent in this market is uncommon.

    Brian Snow

    CEO
    Pristine Environments
     

  • The San Diego County Water Authority is a public agency serving the San Diego region as a wholesale supplier of water from the Colorado River and Northern California. The Water Authority works through its 24 member agencies to provide a safe, reliable water supply to support the region. SDCWA.org

    Over the past two decades, the Water Authority – in partnership with the community – has diversified the region’s water supply sources. We no longer rely on a single supplier for 95 percent of our water, a strategy that is helping reduce the impact of the current statewide drought on our community. 

    Mark Weston

    Chair, Board of Directors
    San Diego County Water Authority

  • D&K Engineering, founded in 1999, is a global contract R&D, engineering and manufacturing services company focused on developing and manufacturing complex electromechanical products and equipment. D&K Engineering enables organizations to decrease time-to-market, reduce cost and improve product quality. dkengineering.com

    Not only does the region provide a talented pool of experienced workers, but its world-class university system, including UC San Diego, San Diego State University, the University of San Diego and others, continually provides a great pool of new engineering and business talent.

    Scott Dennis

    CEO
    D&K Engineering

  • Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps, they make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. Uber.com

    Uber is a technology company at the intersection of lifestyle and logistics, and that’s definitely the case in San Diego.  San Diego’s quality of life attracts ambitious, dynamic and tech-savvy people from across the country and the world.

    Christopher Ballard

    General Manager, San Diego
    Uber

  • The ability to leverage a pool of local technical talent has been a great driver of our success and has fueled our dynamic growth. 

    Matt Thoene

    Managing Director
    redIT

  • WD-40 Company is a global consumer products company dedicated to delivering unique, high-value and easy-to-use solutions for a wide variety of maintenance needs of "doer" and "on-the-job" users. The company markets products in 187 countries under the WD-40®, 3-IN-ONE® and BLUE WORKS®, X-14®, 2000 Flushes®, Carpet Fresh®, No Vac®, Spot Shot®, 1001®, Lava® and Solvol® brand names. wd40.com

    San Diego’s where WD-40® Multi-Use Product got its start in the aerospace industry 60 years ago.  It’s a good city to be in if you’re an international business as I can be on a call with London in the morning and with Shanghai in the afternoon.  We like to say ‘the sun never sets on WD-40 Company.’

     

    Garry Ridge

    President & CEO
    WD-40 Company

  • Navy Region Southwest (NRSW) provides base operating support functions for operating forces throughout the largest fleet concentration area in the United States. As the Naval shore installation management headquarters for the Southwest (California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico) serving the fleet, fighter and family, NRSW covers approximately 1.5 million acres, including 67% of the nation’s military training airspace. 

    The business community works with local government to find synergies that benefit all San Diegans. Everywhere I go I meet incredible people who are focused on making this City the place to do business. 

    Rear Admiral Dixon Smith

    Former Commander
    Navy Region Southwest

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