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February 14, 2017
This weekend, years of hard work came to life for BAE Systems and partners across the state as the Barrio Logan-based shipyard cut the ribbon on its new dry dock, the Pride of California.
 
At 950 feet long and capable of lifting nearly 55,000 tons, the dry dock is the largest in California and the third largest in the nation. Used for ship repair and construction, the dry dock is flooded to allow watercraft to float in and then drained so watercraft can be set on a dry platform for work.
 
EDC board member and BAE Vice President Bob Koerber joined Congressman Scott Peters, Congressman Duncan Hunter, Port Chairman Robert “Dukie” Valderrama and an audience of more than 150 senior military personnel for the event inside the dry dock’s 100-foot walls. The dry dock was shipped across the Pacific Ocean on a 7,000 mile, 60-day journey. It represents approximately $100 million in infrastructure investment from BAE to increase the shipyard's capacity to meet the growing needs of the U.S. Navy.  
 
BAE currently employs 2,000 workers in San Diego, with the dry dock anticipated to add more jobs over the next several years. BAE is a critical pillar of San Diego’s working waterfront, where the shipbuilding and ship repair industry employs approximately 12,000 San Diegans and has an economic impact of $1.75 billion annually throughout the county.
 
EDC was proud to support this monumental engineering project by working directly with BAE to craft a competitive application for the Cal Competes Tax Credit program, which they ultimately won. Awarded in 2015, BAE's $1.55 million tax credit supports the shipyards ability to remain competitive and continue to invest in their yard and workforce. 
 
With the rebalance to the Pacific, the U.S. Navy’s presence in San Diego will continue to grow dramatically over the next several years. The challenges associated with this growth include the ability for local industry to service, build, upgrade and repair the equipment for the influx of U.S. Navy vessels. With President Trump calling for the Navy to increase its current fleet to 350 ships, San Diego will be on the receiving end of increased spending.
 
August 6, 2015

SD Cal Competes - By the numbers(2)

On Friday last week, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and more than 40 San Diego businesses attended the first workshop for the Cal Competes Tax Credit Program this fiscal year. Now in its second year, Cal Competes is attracting the attention of a diverse set of businesses all over the state.

Last year, California awarded $175 million in tax credits and this year, the program is set to award more than $200 million to the most competitive applicants in three separate funding rounds.

Cal Competes allows businesses to request a tax credit based on their investment in state and the number of employees they hire in the next five years. Determining how to effectively select a competitive ask is where the EDC team can step in to provide specific insights. Our goal is to help as many companies as possible put their best foot forward. In previous rounds, EDC has worked closely with companies like NASSCO & BAE to submit applications.

If your business is planning to incur significant expenses in the next several years in either capital investments or new hires, EDC is ready and willing to help you join the 33 San Diego County companies who won credits in the first year of the program.

These are your tax dollars. Why not win some of them back?

To learn more about the program, please contact Jesse Gipe at jg@sandiegbusiness.org

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins Cal Competes

Program Schedule

July 20, 2015, through August 17, 2015 ($75 million available)

January 4, 2016, through January 25, 2016 ($75 million available)

March 7, 2016, through March 28, 2016 ($50.9 million plus any remaining unallocated amounts from the previous application periods)

To learn more about last year’s results: goo.gl/dTqPwL

June 19, 2015


Since its launch in 2014 as part of Governor Jerry Brown’s economic development initiative, the California Competes Tax Credit has awarded close to $124 million in credits to California companies that will hire 24,088 jobs over the next five years.

Yesterday, the Cal Competes Tax Credit Committee voted to approve an additional $47 million in tax credits, which will create 11,343 additional jobs, closing out FY14-15 - the first full year of the program. Since the programs inception, 242 companies have received tax credits totaling more than $171.5 million; more than 35,430 jobs will be created and $9.74 billion invested in the state’s economy.

San Diego companies are received more than $19.9 million of these tax credits, or 11.6 percent of all tax credits awarded throughout the state. These funds will help San Diego companies create 3,968 jobs, invest more than $877 million back into their respective companies, and pay more than $646 million in wages over the next five years. 

Companies such as BAE Systems, iboss Cybersecurity, Modern Times, NASSCO and Underground Elephant were awarded these credits.

After the vote next week, San Diego is positioned to rank 2nd in terms of the amount of jobs created and 4th in the amount of tax credits won.

Regional Breakdown of Cal Competes Awards