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

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317,000 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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My San Diego

  • 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

  • We are already a leader in life sciences, wireless communications, sports innovation, unmanned systems, cybersecurity, medical devices, and now even beer! Our region is a great place to do business.

    John Frager

    Executive Managing Director
    San Diego Region
    CBRE

  • San Diego is uniquely positioned as a healthy and beautiful place to live, but also as the West Coast hub of our military, the epicenter of a significant border region, and a dynamic and innovative center for business and research.  World class universities and clusters of biotechnology companies...attract talent to San Diego.

    Michael Kincaid

    Associate Principal
    AECOM San Diego

  • Headquartered in Carlsbad, The TaylorMade Golf Company is the largest and most profitable golf equipment company in the world.  taylormadegolf.com

    Being a golf equipment company, San Diego's world-famous weather makes it an ideal place to develop and test our products year-round. That's one of the reasons why our company headquarters were moved to Carlsbad in 1982, from Illinois. Another reason TaylorMade moved to North County was to take advantage of the 
    R&D talent in the area.

    Melissa Claassen

    CFO
    TaylorMade Golf Company

  • The Clay Company is a full service Government and Community Relations firm. Originally founded in 1986 as Carpi & Clay, The Clay Company expertise includes Lobbying, Land Entitlement, Public-Private Partnerships, Health and Human Services, Community Outreach and Engagement, Crisis Strategy, and Litigation Support. theclayco.com

    Our hometown is more than just the weather.  We have a thriving economy – an educated, diverse, innovative talent force in a bi-national region of nearly six million people.  

    Stephanie Saathoff & Maddy Kilkenny

    President and
    VP of Government Relations
    The Clay Company

  • 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)

  • We are fortunate to have a thriving talent pool, unique economic differentiators, and an unmatched quality of life...It truly is a great time to be in San Diego. 

    Seth Stein

    President, Workforce Recruitment
    Eastridge Workforce Solutions
     

  • Ace Parking was founded in 1950 and is one of the largest privately held parking companies in the country. Headquartered in San Diego, Ace Parking manages over 450 locations coast to coast, servicing nearly 250,000 customers per day. aceparking.com  

    When I travel across the country to do business, it’s great to say that I'm from San Diego and that's where my company’s corporate headquarters are. San Diego is a Mega Gateway Region to the Pacific and the rest of the world, thriving with innovation.   

    Keith B. Jones

    Managing Principal & Partner
    Ace Parking

  • As one of the most educated cities in the United States, San Diego’s skilled workforce feeds the thriving biotech and telecom industries...These unique advantages continue to encourage economic growth which, in turn, further fuels the commercial real estate market.  

    Dan Broderick

    Regional Managing Principal
    Southern California
    DTZ

  • 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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