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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps, they make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. Uber.com

    Uber is a technology company at the intersection of lifestyle and logistics, and that’s definitely the case in San Diego.  San Diego’s quality of life attracts ambitious, dynamic and tech-savvy people from across the country and the world.

    Christopher Ballard

    General Manager, San Diego
    Uber

  •  The YMCA of San Diego County is the second largest Y in the nation serving hundreds of thousands of San Diego County residents and employing more than 4,500 people. With 20 membership facilities, three overnight camps and multiple locations focused on childcare and youth and family services, the Y serves families at every step of their journey. Ymca.org

    San Diego attracts the best and brightest minds. We are able to keep great leaders because of all the attributes of the region.

    Baron Herdelin-Doherty

    President & CEO
    YMCA of San Diego County

  • Headquartered in Carlsbad, The TaylorMade Golf Company is the largest and most profitable golf equipment company in the world. It consists of four brands - TaylorMade, adidas Golf, Ashworth and Adams Golf.  TaylorMade's key product categories include clubs, balls, footwear, apparel and accessories. taylormadegolf.com

    Being a golf equipment company, San Diego's world-famous weather makes it an ideal place to develop and test our products year-round. That's one of the reasons why our company headquarters were moved to Carlsbad in 1982, from Illinois. Another reason TaylorMade moved to North County was to take advantage of the R&D talent in the area.

    Melissa Claassen

    CFO
    TaylorMade Golf Company

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Pristine Environments’ manages, maintains and optimizes the performance of mission critical facilities for corporate real estate owners in nearly 75 Million sqft of specialized buildings throughout North America. pristine-environments.com

    The decision to move to San Diego was much more than weather driven, I realized very quickly that running a company with offices all over North America was more efficient from the west coast. The depth of knowledge, experience and talent in this market is uncommon.

    Brian Snow

    CEO
    Pristine Environments
     

  • 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

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