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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.

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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • We also hold the distinction of being one of the top cities for STEM-related careers. These distinctions give JA’s students access to some of the greatest minds and companies in the nation.  

    Joanne Pastula

    President & CEO
    Junior Achievement
    of San Diego County

  • 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

  • Innovation is central to who we are at the University of California, San Diego. Students learn that knowledge isn’t just acquired in the classroom—life is their laboratory. UC San Diego is recognized as one of the top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Our location is unparalleled, our impact unmistakable. 

    UC San Diego contributes more than $7 billion to the state economy every year.  Our faculty, staff and alumni have started 650 companies during the last five decades, including many of the high-tech and biotech companies on the mesa.  

    Pradeep K. Khosla

    Chancellor
    UC San Diego

  • 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

  • Being in San Diego with its well-connected infrastructure puts us close to our campuses and labs across the globe.  North County provides a great talent pool.

    Stephen Morisseau

    Director of Corporate Communications
    Gemological Institute of America

  • We are already a leader in life sciences, wireless communications, sports innovation, unmanned systems, cybersecurity, medical devices, and now even beer! Our region is a great place to do business.

    John Frager

    Executive Managing Director
    San Diego Region
    CBRE

  • Innovative high-tech and life science companies have found a home in San Diego, and world-class research universities and exciting startup businesses continue to shape our economic landscape.

    Ignacio De La Torre

             Regional Vice President
             AT&T - External Affairs
     
  • The secret behind 2-1-1’s service is its uniqueness and flexibility in working with thousands of providers to streamline how people access resources in our community. It’s this collaborative spirit of organizations and leaders throughout San Diego that make this region a great place to operate a social utility like 2-1-1. 

    John Ohanian

    CEO
    2-1-1 San Diego

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