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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

  • San Diego is made up of many successful small to medium-sized businesses, our target customer base. There are a great number of local businesses looking for a valued financial partner to help them thrive, which is why we knew San Diego was a good market for our recent expansion.

    Paul Rodeno

    Senior Vice President
    and Regional Manager
    Citizens Business Bank

  • 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

  • The Clay Company is a full service Government and Community Relations firm. Originally founded in 1986 as Carpi & Clay, The Clay Company expertise includes Lobbying, Land Entitlement, Public-Private Partnerships, Health and Human Services, Community Outreach and Engagement, Crisis Strategy, and Litigation Support. theclayco.com

    Our hometown is more than just the weather.  We have a thriving economy – an educated, diverse, innovative talent force in a bi-national region of nearly six million people.  

    Stephanie Saathoff & Maddy Kilkenny

    President and
    VP of Government Relations
    The Clay Company

  • RA Capital Advisors is a private investment bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions, private financings, shareholder matters, restructurings and crisis situations for clients ranging from middle market companies to the Fortune 500.

    Being in San Diego allows you to see great companies grow from the ground up. San Diego offers employers the opportunity to create challenging and rewarding jobs in a city with an outstanding quality of life, that is a preferred destination for many professionals and technologies.

    Joel L. Reed

    Principal
    RA Capital Advisors

  • 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

  • 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

    President,
    Cal State San Marcos

  • Gafcon is a project management firm behind some of San Diego's most iconic locations, including Petco Park. With more than 100 employees in Southern California, the firm aspires to build vibrant communities. Gafcon.com

    One of the great things about San Diego is that it’s small enough to build relationships, yet large enough for opportunity. San Diego businesses are also very supportive of the community at large. 

    Yehudi “Gaf” Gaffen

    CEO
    Gafcon

  • 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

  • The ability to leverage a pool of local technical talent has been a great driver of our success and has fueled our dynamic growth. 

    Matt Thoene

    Managing Director
    redIT

  • The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a successful manufacturing organization with over 50 years of experience in precision machining.  They provide jobs for people who are blind, deaf-blind, and blind with other disabilities. seattlelighthouse.org

    San Diego makes sense for us because of the strong military economy; it is where our customers and contracts are located, such as the Navy base. 

    Kirk Adams

    President and CEO
    The Lighthouse for the Blind

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