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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.


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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.


My San Diego

  • Carrier Johnson + Culture is a global architecture/design and strategy firm. Instead of building spaces from the ground up, they design from the inside out.

    San Diego is a vibrant business accelerator, attracting the best and brightest to its shores. We will always be a world-class vacation destination, but we are also a world-class business hub.

    Vincent Mudd

    Principal Managing Partner
    Carrier Johnson + Culture

  • DockOn was founded in 2008 focusing on bringing Compound P&M Loop (CPL) antennas to the market. The main benefits of the CPL antenna technology, on top of the very high efficiency, is the ease of integration into mobile devices.

    We moved our company to San Diego because of the rich talent pool... The density of companies in our space and the proximity to the Bay Area are also two key aspects that drove our decision.

    Gregory Poilasne, Ph.D.

    Chief Executive Officer,
    DockOn, Inc.

  • SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share.

    SeaWorld has the good fortune of being located on beautiful Mission Bay. This awe inspiring location, expansive waterfront and adjacent coastal areas allow the park’s habitats and educational programs to impact the local community. 

    John Reilly

    Park President 
    SeaWorld San Diego
    Aquatica Chula Vista

  • 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

    iboss Cybersecurity

  • D&K Engineering, founded in 1999, is a global contract R&D, engineering and manufacturing services company focused on developing and manufacturing complex electromechanical products and equipment. D&K Engineering enables organizations to decrease time-to-market, reduce cost and improve product quality.

    Not only does the region provide a talented pool of experienced workers, but its world-class university system, including UC San Diego, San Diego State University, the University of San Diego and others, continually provides a great pool of new engineering and business talent.

    Scott Dennis

    D&K Engineering

  • 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.  

    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

  • As one of the most educated cities in the United States, San Diego’s skilled workforce feeds the thriving biotech and telecom industries...These unique advantages continue to encourage economic growth which, in turn, further fuels the commercial real estate market.  

    Dan Broderick

    Regional Managing Principal
    Southern California

  • 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.

    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


  • 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.

    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

  • Dentons is a global law firm driven to provide you with the competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected marketplace.


    San Diego’s development depends more than ever on attracting international partners to our city’s collaborative, innovative culture and bi-national economic engine, and Dentons is excited to be a part of this growth.

    Kurt Kicklighter



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