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

Innovation

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317,000 SD defense economy—including uniformed military, civilian employees of DOD, and private defense companies. Learn more.

Military

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

Economics

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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

  • 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

  • Del Mar, the seaside racetrack founded by entertainment icon Bing Crosby and a crew of his Hollywood pals back in 1937, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this season when it races for 37 days between July 18th and September 5th. 

    The region's weather, tradition, location, and ease of transportation complements and facilitates our uniqueness of product, immediacy of our seven week meet, and day-time entertainment in the summer. 

    Walker McBride

    Sponsorships & Digital
    Marketing Director,
    Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • We have a many former UC San Diego (my alma mater) students working here, and we’re relocating our headquarters to be across the street from UCSD, which will make it even easier to access students and engage in collaborative research. 

    Paul Martini

    CEO
    iboss Cybersecurity

  • Our region is truly different from other tourist destinations.  San Diego has a soul, a heart.  The lifestyle, the weather; the fact is that San Diegans are happy—that’s one thing visitors notice immediately. 

    David Cherashore

    Executive Board Member
    Evans Hotels

  • Carrier Johnson + Culture is a global architecture/design and strategy firm. Instead of building spaces from the ground up, they design from the inside out. carrierjohnson.com

    San Diego is a vibrant business accelerator, attracting the best and brightest to its shores. We will always be a world-class vacation destination, but we are also a world-class business hub.

    Vincent Mudd

    Principal Managing Partner
    Carrier Johnson + Culture

  • For a global law firm, San Diego provides a strategic location at the crossroads for the Pacific Rim where US businesses and investors can come together with businesses and investors from Asia, Latin American and Europe.  We have been able to assist San Diego companies with transactions all over the globe.

    Robert Brownlie

    Managing Partner, San Diego 
    DLA Piper

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