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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.

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My San Diego

  • 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. seaworldparks.com

    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

  • Innovation is central to who we are at the University of California, San Diego. Students learn that knowledge isn’t just acquired in the classroom—life is their laboratory. UC San Diego is recognized as one of the top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Our location is unparalleled, our impact unmistakable. 

    UC San Diego contributes more than $7 billion to the state economy every year.  Our faculty, staff and alumni have started 650 companies during the last five decades, including many of the high-tech and biotech companies on the mesa.  

    Pradeep K. Khosla

    Chancellor
    UC San Diego

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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. dkengineering.com

    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

    CEO
    D&K Engineering

  • For 25 years, there has been great synergy between the University and our region. We have literally grown up together, coming of age as we have helped create, and were fed and nurtured by, regional businesses, organizations, schools, neighborhoods and cities.

    Dr. Karen Haynes

    President,
    Cal State San Marcos

  • 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

  • There is an amazing camaraderie, warmth and authenticity about San Diego...There is no other city I’d rather work, play and live in because of our inclusive community spirit. 

    DeLinda Forsythe

    President 
    ICE

  • Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps, they make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. Uber.com

    Uber is a technology company at the intersection of lifestyle and logistics, and that’s definitely the case in San Diego.  San Diego’s quality of life attracts ambitious, dynamic and tech-savvy people from across the country and the world.

    Christopher Ballard

    General Manager, San Diego
    Uber

  • 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. aceparking.com  

    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

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