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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.


My San Diego

  • SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share.

    SeaWorld has the good fortune of being located on beautiful Mission Bay. This awe inspiring location, expansive waterfront and adjacent coastal areas allow the park’s habitats and educational programs to impact the local community. 

    John Reilly

    Park President 
    SeaWorld San Diego
    Aquatica Chula Vista

  • San Diego gives us the ability to attract and retain quality employees who want to live here, resulting in increased tenure and a quality pool of employees. We can also operate as a binational manufacturer with factories in both El Cajon and Tecate giving us a high-level of quality control over our products. 

    Barbara Wight

    Taylor Guitars


  • Established in 1974, Taylor Guitars is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium acoustic guitars. Headquartered in El Cajon, Taylor employs over 800 people worldwide and produces hundreds of top-quality guitars daily in its state-of-the-art facilities in both El Cajon and Tecate, Mexico. In addition to maintaining an active global dealer network, Taylor has a distribution warehouse in the Netherlands and an ebony mill in Cameroon.   

    Taylor Guitars was established in San Diego County and has remained in San Diego. Being in the global marketplace, San Diego’s proximity to Mexico is advantageous to our manufacturing and trade efforts. Additionally, we feel that we would be hard-pressed to find the caliber of talent and employee dedication elsewhere.  

    Barbara Wight

    Taylor Guitars

  • There is an amazing camaraderie, warmth and authenticity about San Diego...There is no other city I’d rather work, play and live in because of our inclusive community spirit. 

    DeLinda Forsythe


  • 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.

    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

  • We are a global hub for wireless and biotech, with legendary research institutes like Salk, Scripps, Venter, Sanford Burnham Prebys, and yes, the Zoo and SeaWorld. These all make San Diego “the place” for great minds to meet...


    Jay Scovie

    Director,  Corp. Communications

    & Education

    Kyocera International, Inc.

  • Manpower is a world leader in employment services, creating and delivering services that enable job seekers and employers to win in the changing world of work.

    Manpower is excited about the potential for growth - not only throughout the soon to be eight states in which the company operate franchises, but also about San Diego’s continued potential as a global economic hub.

    Phil Blair

    Executive Officer

  • We also hold the distinction of being one of the top cities for STEM-related careers. These distinctions give JA’s students access to some of the greatest minds and companies in the nation.  

    Joanne Pastula

    President & CEO
    Junior Achievement
    of San Diego County

  • For 25 years, there has been great synergy between the University and our region. We have literally grown up together, coming of age as we have helped create, and were fed and nurtured by, regional businesses, organizations, schools, neighborhoods and cities.

    Dr. Karen Haynes

    Cal State San Marcos

  • 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.

    From a services perspective, San Diego has a very broad base of economic engines - it is not focused on just one industry.  The life sciences space speaks for itself as being one of the very vibrant economic engines in our region.

    Alex Kunczynski

    Co-Founder and President
    D&K Engineering

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