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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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  • 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.

    From a services perspective, San Diego has a very broad base of economic engines - it is not focused on just one industry.  The life sciences space speaks for itself as being one of the very vibrant economic engines in our region.

    Alex Kunczynski

    Co-Founder and President
    D&K Engineering

  • 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

  • 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

  • Established in 1974, Taylor Guitars is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium acoustic guitars. Headquartered in El Cajon, Taylor employs over 800 people worldwide and produces hundreds of top-quality guitars daily in its state-of-the-art facilities in both El Cajon and Tecate, Mexico. In addition to maintaining an active global dealer network, Taylor has a distribution warehouse in the Netherlands and an ebony mill in Cameroon. taylorguitars.com   
     

    Taylor Guitars was established in San Diego County and has remained in San Diego. Being in the global marketplace, San Diego’s proximity to Mexico is advantageous to our manufacturing and trade efforts. Additionally, we feel that we would be hard-pressed to find the caliber of talent and employee dedication elsewhere.  

    Barbara Wight

    CFO
    Taylor Guitars

  • Soitec is an international manufacturing company, a world leader in generating and manufacturing revolutionary semiconductor materials at the frontier of the most exciting energy and electronic challenges. Soitec has purchased a manufacturing facility in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., within San Diego City limits.

    San Diego was chosen not only for its close access to the regions in the U.S. with high direct sunlight for our CPV technology, but also because the region has a strong cluster of clean technology companies that are known for working together to expand the San Diego economy.

    Clark Crawford

    VP, Sales & Business
    Development, N. America

  • 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 company headquarters were moved to Carlsbad in 1982, from McHenry, 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

  • Probe Research Inc., a full-service North American marketing and public opinion organization located in Winnipeg, Canada, has a solid track record of success. Probe is known for pinpoint accuracy in its polling, demonstrated over the course of numerous federal, provincial and municipal elections.

    San Diego is a fantastic incubator for entrepreneurs, and this market has a long tradition of rewarding those who are innovative, energetic and willing to provide high-quality services at reasonable prices.

    Tony Norton

    Special Counsel-
    Business Development,
    Probe Research, LLC

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

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