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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

  • ViaSat delivers fast, secure communications, Internet, and network access to virtually any location, including network systems and services for fixed and mobile satellite communications.

    San Diego has a very strong foundation in the telecommunications arena.  The strong military presence in San Diego also makes it an ideal location for our government businesses.  The weather is a pretty nice perk too.

    Keven Lippert

    Vice President, General
    Counsel, ViaSat

  • 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. taylorguitars.com   
     

    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

    CFO
    Taylor Guitars

  • 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

  • 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

  • Home of the world's first osteopathic medical school, established in 1892, A.T. Still University is recognized around the world as a renowned, multidisciplinary healthcare educator. ATSU instills in students the compassion and hands-on experience needed to address the needs of the whole person.

    The community in San Diego welcomed us with open arms, introduced us to key business leaders, and the individuals that we came in contact with were extremely helpful. 

    Dr. Craig Phelps

    Executive Vice President
    of Strategic Initiatives from
    A.T. Still University (ATSU)

  • 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

  • Japan Airlines (JAL) was founded in 1951 and is Japan's first carrier to operate scheduled flights overseas. In North America, JAL operates nonstop flights to Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver. In Dec. 2012, it added San Diego to its roster

    As California's second largest city, San Diego is home to thriving international trade, tourism and defense sectors.  It also has many research centers, higher educational institutions and business development opportunities that translate into substantial flight demand.

    Tetsuya Fujii

    Regional Manager, San Diego,
    Japan Airlines

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

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