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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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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Home of the world's first osteopathic medical school, established in 1892, A.T. Still University is recognized around the world as a renowned, multidisciplinary healthcare educator. ATSU instills in students the compassion and hands-on experience needed to address the needs of the whole person.

    The community in San Diego welcomed us with open arms, introduced us to key business leaders, and the individuals that we came in contact with were extremely helpful. 

    Dr. Craig Phelps

    Executive Vice President
    of Strategic Initiatives from
    A.T. Still University (ATSU)

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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