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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

  • 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.

    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

  • Innovative high-tech and life science companies have found a home in San Diego, and world-class research universities and exciting startup businesses continue to shape our economic landscape.

    Ignacio De La Torre

             Regional Vice President
             AT&T - External Affairs
  •  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.

    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

  • 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.

    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


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.  

    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

  • 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

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