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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.

Economics

My San Diego

  • 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 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
     

  • 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

  • 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

  • It is the accessible and collaborative character of our region that provides an unparalleled advantage to our students and compels PLNU to remain invested in San Diego.

    Dr. Bob Brower

    President
    Point Loma Nazarene University

  • 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

  • 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

  • Applied Proteomics, Inc. was founded in May 2007 by Dr. Danny Hills (Applied Minds, Inc.) and Dr. David Agus (USC-Keck School of Medicine) to make proteomics-based biomarker discovery practical and productive.

    Stemming from San Diego's large biotech footprint, the Torrey Pines Mesa offered an optimal biotech ecosystem. With everyone from our associated businesses to investor-base and service providers also in the region, the business climate made the choice to invest simple.

    Peter Klemm, Ph.D.

    President/CEO
    Applied Proteomics, Inc.

  • The secret behind 2-1-1’s service is its uniqueness and flexibility in working with thousands of providers to streamline how people access resources in our community. It’s this collaborative spirit of organizations and leaders throughout San Diego that make this region a great place to operate a social utility like 2-1-1. 

    John Ohanian

    CEO
    2-1-1 San Diego

  • 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

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