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138,000 the number of people working for San Diego's Innovation Economy. Learn More.

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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

  • Staying local and serving locally allows us to monitor developments in the international coffee industry but implement solutions with a unique understanding of coffee trends within San Diego. 

    Sean Curtis & Barbara Curtis Smalley

    CEO & President
    Coffee Ambassador

  • Applied Proteomics, Inc. was founded in May 2007 by Dr. Danny Hills (Applied Minds, Inc.) and Dr. David Agus (USC-Keck School of Medicine) to make proteomics-based biomarker discovery practical and productive.

    Stemming from San Diego's large biotech footprint, the Torrey Pines Mesa offered an optimal biotech ecosystem. With everyone from our associated businesses to investor-base and service providers also in the region, the business climate made the choice to invest simple.

    Peter Klemm, Ph.D.

    President/CEO
    Applied Proteomics, Inc.

  • We are a global hub for wireless and biotech, with legendary research institutes like Salk, Scripps, Venter, Sanford Burnham Prebys, and yes, the Zoo and SeaWorld. These all make San Diego “the place” for great minds to meet...

     

    Jay Scovie

    Director,  Corp. Communications

    & Education

    Kyocera International, Inc.

  • The San Diego County Water Authority is a public agency serving the San Diego region as a wholesale supplier of water from the Colorado River and Northern California. The Water Authority works through its 24 member agencies to provide a safe, reliable water supply to support the region. SDCWA.org

    Over the past two decades, the Water Authority – in partnership with the community – has diversified the region’s water supply sources. We no longer rely on a single supplier for 95 percent of our water, a strategy that is helping reduce the impact of the current statewide drought on our community. 

    Mark Weston

    Chair, Board of Directors
    San Diego County Water Authority

  • Navy Region Southwest (NRSW) provides base operating support functions for operating forces throughout the largest fleet concentration area in the United States. As the Naval shore installation management headquarters for the Southwest (California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico) serving the fleet, fighter and family, NRSW covers approximately 1.5 million acres, including 67% of the nation’s military training airspace. 

    The business community works with local government to find synergies that benefit all San Diegans. Everywhere I go I meet incredible people who are focused on making this City the place to do business. 

    Rear Admiral Dixon Smith

    Former Commander
    Navy Region Southwest

  • Collaboration has been the hallmark of the San Diego business community and that should continue, as it helps us compete effectively against other regions.

     

    Kurt Chilcott

    President & CEO

    CDC Small Business Finance

  • We have a many former UC San Diego (my alma mater) students working here, and we’re relocating our headquarters to be across the street from UCSD, which will make it even easier to access students and engage in collaborative research. 

    Paul Martini

    CEO
    iboss Cybersecurity

  • Our region is truly different from other tourist destinations.  San Diego has a soul, a heart.  The lifestyle, the weather; the fact is that San Diegans are happy—that’s one thing visitors notice immediately. 

    David Cherashore

    Executive Board Member
    Evans Hotels

  • Founded in 1989, AIS (American Internet Services) provides tailored data center and cloud service solutions to companies that require the best in security, compliance, connectivity, and customer service. Our mission is to provide innovative and trusted enterprise-class IT infrastructure solutions that enable clients to focus on their core business. From cloud, colocation, and network connectivity to disaster recovery, high availability, and cyber security, AIS makes it easy for clients to get the IT services they need. americanis.net

    AIS chose San Diego because of the great weather, the well-diversified economy, and the large number of fast-growing businesses with urgent requirements for high-quality bandwidth and IT infrastructure services. As a telecom, life sciences, and defense industry hub, San Diego is the ideal location for AIS' headquarters.

    Greg Rollet

    CEO
    AIS

  • It is the accessible and collaborative character of our region that provides an unparalleled advantage to our students and compels PLNU to remain invested in San Diego.

    Dr. Bob Brower

    President
    Point Loma Nazarene University

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