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Current Initiatives

San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) mobilizes the business community around key initiatives to maximize the global competitiveness of our bi-national mega-region, and the economic prosperity of four economic drivers – Innovation, Military, Tourism, and Local. Below are representative examples of our diverse economic development programs.

EDC also takes a broad-based approach to tackling and advancing some of the region’s biggest challenges. Here are some ways we work with and through companies to grow our economy.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Lauree Sahba at and learn about becoming an EDC investor

Summary of Current Priorities and Initiatives 

Regional Prosperity: The innovation economy drives job creation, social mobility and opportunity across a diverse set of industries. Our team works with and through partners to execute programs and initiatives that galvanize specific industries, sub-regions and San Diego’s economy as well as and connect communities across the region to opportunities. 
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Talent: Talent is the cornerstone of economic growth. Our team supports talent workforce development by creating programming to retain college students in San Diego, attracting master’s & Ph.D. students in high-demand industries and aligning college/university curriculum with workforce needs.  
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Regional Marketing: When it comes to attracting talent and investment to San Diego, perception is a reality. Our team spearheads a regional marketing strategy that highlights San Diego’s growing tech and life sciences employers and startups as a way to drive economic growth to the region.
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Economic Research: A strong economic development agenda is rooted in robust research. Our research bureau produces independent economic analyses about specific industry clusters and economic trends that serve to inform companies, investors, and policy makers.  
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Global Competitiveness: The current economic climate is characterized by growing flows of capital, technology and talent between international metros. Through World Trade Center San Diego, our team works to cultivate a pipeline of export-ready firms, maximize foreign investment opportunities, and enhance the region’s global identity and connectivity. 
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