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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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My San Diego

  • 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

  • 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

  • San Diego is made up of many successful small to medium-sized businesses, our target customer base. There are a great number of local businesses looking for a valued financial partner to help them thrive, which is why we knew San Diego was a good market for our recent expansion.

    Paul Rodeno

    Senior Vice President
    and Regional Manager
    Citizens Business Bank

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • The Clay Company is a full service Government and Community Relations firm. Originally founded in 1986 as Carpi & Clay, The Clay Company expertise includes Lobbying, Land Entitlement, Public-Private Partnerships, Health and Human Services, Community Outreach and Engagement, Crisis Strategy, and Litigation Support. theclayco.com

    Our hometown is more than just the weather.  We have a thriving economy – an educated, diverse, innovative talent force in a bi-national region of nearly six million people.  

    Stephanie Saathoff & Maddy Kilkenny

    President and
    VP of Government Relations
    The Clay Company

  • 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

  • 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
    DTZ

  • 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

  • We’ve handled 15 IPOs in the last two years which illustrates the dynamic business atmosphere here in San Diego. It’s a continuous cycle.  As soon as one ship launches, there’s always a new fleet of innovative companies ready to pull into port.  

    Trindl Reeves

    Principal & CSO
    Barney & Barney
    a Marsh & McLennan Agency
    LLC Company
     

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