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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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My San Diego

  • Innovation is central to who we are at the University of California, San Diego. Students learn that knowledge isn’t just acquired in the classroom—life is their laboratory. UC San Diego is recognized as one of the top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Our location is unparalleled, our impact unmistakable. 

    UC San Diego contributes more than $7 billion to the state economy every year.  Our faculty, staff and alumni have started 650 companies during the last five decades, including many of the high-tech and biotech companies on the mesa.  

    Pradeep K. Khosla

    Chancellor
    UC San Diego

  • Founded in 1989, AIS (American Internet Services) provides tailored data center and cloud service solutions to companies that require the best in security, compliance, connectivity, and customer service. Our mission is to provide innovative and trusted enterprise-class IT infrastructure solutions that enable clients to focus on their core business. From cloud, colocation, and network connectivity to disaster recovery, high availability, and cyber security, AIS makes it easy for clients to get the IT services they need. americanis.net

    AIS chose San Diego because of the great weather, the well-diversified economy, and the large number of fast-growing businesses with urgent requirements for high-quality bandwidth and IT infrastructure services. As a telecom, life sciences, and defense industry hub, San Diego is the ideal location for AIS' headquarters.

    Greg Rollet

    CEO
    AIS

  • 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 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

  • 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

  •  The YMCA of San Diego County is the second largest Y in the nation serving hundreds of thousands of San Diego County residents and employing more than 4,500 people. With 20 membership facilities, three overnight camps and multiple locations focused on childcare and youth and family services, the Y serves families at every step of their journey. Ymca.org

    San Diego attracts the best and brightest minds. We are able to keep great leaders because of all the attributes of the region.

    Baron Herdelin-Doherty

    President & CEO
    YMCA of San Diego County

  • 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
     

  • 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

  • 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

  • Probe Research Inc., a full-service North American marketing and public opinion organization located in Winnipeg, Canada, has a solid track record of success. Probe is known for pinpoint accuracy in its polling, demonstrated over the course of numerous federal, provincial and municipal elections.

    San Diego is a fantastic incubator for entrepreneurs, and this market has a long tradition of rewarding those who are innovative, energetic and willing to provide high-quality services at reasonable prices.

    Tony Norton

    Special Counsel-
    Business Development,
    Probe Research, LLC

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