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How we help companies

“With an operational presence in San Diego, InterDigital will be able to more easily tap into the pools of talented graduates from top universities in the region.”

Naresh Soni
Chief Technology Officer, InterDigital

The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) serves local companies by providing them with the access to critical partners to accelerate their growth prospects, the data and research to make well-informed decisions, the advocacy to maximize their investment and the positioning needed to raise their profile and open up new opportunities. 

Key Support Services

EDC staff work every day to support dozens of local, national and global businesses thinking about their growth potential in the San Diego region. To this end, the EDC team provides services in support of key decisions being made that affect local jobs.

Access

We connect you to the right people. Whether it is finding the right talent, necessary capital to grow your business or connecting you to industry peers, EDC leverages its network of partners to help companies grow in our region. We will serve as your advocate with local government agencies, facilitate introductions to industry trade associations and other private organizations throughout our region.

  • As part of EDC’s efforts to increase San Diego’s global competitiveness, EDC and World Trade Center (WTC) San Diego worked in partnership with the San Diego Tourism Authority to support the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority in bringing Edelweiss' nonstop service to Zurich, Switzerland and Lufthansa's nonstop service to Frankfurt, Germany. Making the case for San Diego, WTC San Diego provided data and research on economic ties to the European innovation hubs.
  • In support of Nordson Corporation’s expansion along the 78 Corridor, EDC coordinated with the city of Carlsbad to uncover site issues, expedite review and provide business liaison services to support the company’s move into a 93,000 square feet manufacturing facility, adding more than 500 regional jobs.
  • Alongside cross-border partners, EDC facilitated the expansion of Thermo Fisher Scientific’s software development operations in Tijuana - just an hour from its Carlsbad operations. EDC coordinated several exploratory trips across the border to make the business case and determine availability of software talent, supporting nearly 100 new jobs.
  • Complications arose for VAVi Sport & Social Club when its $1 million worth of goods in shipping containers didn't arrive in Australia as scheduled. Leveraging its global network, EDC staff contacted the U.S. Commercial Service – the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce – to ensure the company's equipment, which had been  forgotten about on storage docks in South Korea, was loaded onto a boat bound for Australia. 
  • Responding to Qualcomm's announcement of a reorganization process, EDC worked with Qualcomm's HR team to provide resources, entrepreneurial support and expedited transition for impacted employees to other San Diego employers and incubators.

Research 

The foundation of good business decisions start with strong data. EDC provides customized research to local companies to give them the edge they need to make well-informed decisions. EDC also conducts research that provides a baseline of industry data to encourage and support economic investment.

  • EDC releases a Quarterly Snapshot and monthly Economic Pulse to analyze key metrics important to understanding the regional economy and San Diego’s standing relative to other major metropolitan areas in the U.S. The reports feature spotlights on specific industries or companies, unemployment, hiring trends and more.
  • EDC responds to Requests for Information (RFI) to attract, retain and grow companies in San Diego. Each response is tailored to a company’s needs whether they require information on economic trends, data on San Diego industry clusters, material on local/state/federal business incentives, or facts about the quality of life and how it affects a company’s success in the region. 
  • EDC researches key industry clusters and relevant legislation to educate community and civic leaders to ensure regional growth and industry preservation. Q3 2016 saw the release of San Diego and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which explains how San Diego’s unique economic assets position the region to realize relatively greater benefits from TPP than the U.S. as a whole.

Advocacy

We coordinate and conduct outreach to discuss issues affecting companies' capacity to stay and grow in the region. EDC works with elected officials, university leadership and other policy makers to facilitate your needs whether your concern is workforce, infrastructure, transportation or housing, among others.

  • Following a dense application process, EDC and the city of San Diego were awarded a $1.6 million grant from the Department of Defense (DoD). The OEA Grant will enable EDC and several regional peers (collectively named Propel San Diego) to develop programs to enhance the resiliency of the region’s defense industrial base – connecting the DoD to local businesses.  
  • On behalf of Northrop Grumman Corporation, EDC advocated for the California Legislature to pass Senate Bill 718 which levels the playing field for aerospace tax credits for contractors throughout the State.
  • EDC aided local medical device company Nuvasive with an application for the California Competes Tax Credit. EDC worked with the company to develop and position their application within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). The company was awarded $3 million in tax credits to create more than 245 jobs in the next five years.

Positioning

Led by market research and a brand alliance of more than 90 local companies, EDC has developed San Diego: Life. Changing. - a regional branding campaign meant to tell an authentic story about San Diego and the career + lifestyle opportunity it offers to STEAM talent across the globe. 

  • Managed by EDC, SDlifechanging.org is the region's first work-live-play website, which offers resources to external talent and local companies alike. The San Diego: Life. Changing. platform is set to include a back-end toolkit for use by local HR and marketing professionals to improve recruitment and fundraising efforts. Additionally, the website is a one-stop-shop for people looking to relocate their lives and careers to San Diego. The campaign is specifically targeting STEAM talent, ages 27-37. 
  • Driving home the region's life changing messaging, EDC works to tell the San Diego story to top-tier national and international outlets. To date, EDC has helped facilite more than 40 national media placements in the New York Times, Forbes, The Economist, Worth, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal and others, helping drive San Diego’s identity as an innovation hub. See coverage in our media library.
  • With the support of EDC and regional partners, National Geographic Channel featured San Diego as the only U.S. city in its acclaimed documentary series “World’s Smart Cities,” which aired in more than 60 countries. San Diego was chosen for its strong technology sector, local innovators, green practices, smart public planning and an unparalleled quality of life.