All Points on the Globe

In 2015, San Diego's economic impact spanned the globe.
From connecting with companies in Tokyo to premiering a "National Geographic" documentary in London, EDC collectively traveled nearly 60,000 miles this year – the equivalent of traveling around the globe twice. This work is made possible by the strategic investment of more than 150 visionary companies and organizations that support EDC's economic development agenda. Select each item to learn more about EDC's work, or Play All

San Diego has starring role in National Geographic Channel documentary.

Go Global San Diego initiative is launched to help region increase global engagement.

MetroConnect Prize helps SMEs go global.

San Diego increases connections with key metros across the globe.

Mayor Faulconer tells San Diego's innovation economy story.

San Diego's research institutions have $4.6 billion economic impact on regional economy.

Operation San Diego defends region's military assets.

SD Hacks brings tech talent to the region.

Innovate78 brand unifies North County cities.

San Diego hosts California's largest manufacturing day (MFG Day).

Key companies continue to invest and grow in San Diego.

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National Geographic ChannelNational Geographic Channel featured San Diego as the only U.S. city in its acclaimed documentary series "World's Smart Cities." The documentary aired in more than 60 countries. Some of these locations included:
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More than 120 Japanese community and businesses leaders attended the premiere in Tokyo. Alumni of UC San Diego who now live and work in Japan also attended.

The movie was premiered to an audience of key policy makers and elected officials. Congresswoman Susan Davis and VADM Dixon Smith — among others — were in attendance.

More than 200 individuals attended the London premiere at the Royal Geographic Society.

GoGlobal San DiegoIn conjunction with the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase, San Diego was selected as part of a pilot program for the Global Cities Initiative. EDC released an initiative to improve San Diego's standing in the global economy at the Go Global San Diego Summit in March.
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110,000 jobs in San Diego are directly supported by international exports and FDI.Business Reception

London/Cambridge,
Tokyo, Paris and
Stockhom represent
about 40 percent
of all FDI in
San Diego.

MetroConnectFunded by JPMorgan Chase, the MetroConnect Prize awarded 15 San Diego companies grants to advance their export capacities. MetroConnect companies targeted 18 different countries.
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Applied Membranes secured business deals for two large seawater systems in Okinawa, Japan and Shanghai, China.Find out more

Cypher Genomics traveled to London to partner with Lockheed Martin for the 100,000 Genome Project.Find out more

Cybersecurity company Edgewave pursued partnerships with Global Telecom and Huawei in Manila, Philippines and Shanghai, ChinaFind out moreEdgeware

Aventyn deployed technology in and developed partnerships with hospitals and universities in Stockholm and Bangalore, India.Find out moreAventyn

VaViVAVi Sports and Social Club launched its ROC Race in Melbourne, Australia with record-setting results.Find out more

EDC led various international trips that strengthened San Diego's relationships with key metros across the globe.
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ParisIn partnership with SDTA, an EDC delegation visited Tokyo, San Diego's largest trading partner. In addition to hosting a packed 'National Geographic' premiere, EDC strengthened partnerships with key companies with San Diego ties including Japan Airlines and Takeda Pharmaceuticals.Find out more

Pacific RimSan Diego shared the stage with other global cities at the Asia Pacific Cities Summit, where more than 1,000 mayors, key decision-makers and influencers attended from across the Pacific Rim.

In conjunction with CaliBaja, San Diego's aerospace innovation was showcased at the Paris Air Show. Combined, Baja California and San Diego have one of the most sophisticated bi-national aerospace manufacturing hubs in the world.Paris

London becomes a frequent destination for San Diego. EDC traveled across the pond to speak on a Global Cities Initiative panel. Additionally, EDC strengthened relationships with British companies tied to San Diego including Ebsta and GW Pharmaceuticals. Find out moreLondon

As a way of promoting San Diego's innovation economy,
EDC led Mayor Faulconer on a trip to New York and D.C.
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Global Cities InitiativeSan Diego meets London: Through the Global Cities Initiative, EDC connected Mayor Faulconer and London Mayor Boris Johnson for a conversation about governing global cities at the Brookings Institution.

Mayor FaulconerEDC led a media trip to New York. With Mayor Faulconer at the helm, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNBC's "Squawk Box," The Street and others talk about San Diego's innovation economy.The news is seen over 113 million times.Find out more

EDC studied the economic impact of San Diego's research institutions, which equate to that of 4 San Diego Convention Centers, 34 San Diego Comic-Cons, 6 aircraft carriers, or 33 U.S. Open Golf Championships every year. Research institutions serve as the nucleus of San Diego's $14.4B scientific research and development cluster– making them an engine for exports and foreign direct investment.
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A public – private partnership in stem cell medicine with Japanese pharmaceutical companies.

Stem cell medicine

The development of an Ebola therapy, given to multiple West African missionaries that survived infection.

Leadership on genome sequencing projects in South Africa and the UK.

Operation San DiegoEDC advised Governor Jerry Brown's Military Council on the creation of a statewide strategy to defend and grow California's 30 plus military installations.
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Aircraft Carrier

SD HacksEDC partnered with UC San Diego's Triton Engineering Student Council for SD Hacks, one of the largest hackathons the region has ever seen.
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More than 1,200 students, many from Bay Area universities, traveled to the region and connected with San Diego-based employers including ViaSat, Cubic, ESET, Perkins Coie, SPAWAR and more.SD Hacks

Innovate78EDC drives Innovate78. Collectively, the five Innovate78 cities of Carlsbad, Escondido, Vista, San Marcos and Oceanside supported more than 100 companies.
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Innovate78

MFG DayFor the third year, EDC coordinated MFG Day in San Diego. More than 43 companies throughout San Diego, including Illumina, Taylor Guitars, Solar Turbines and General Atomics, opened their doors to demonstrate San Diego innovation.
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MFG Day

In 2015, EDC supported 114 companies through business expansion, retention and attraction. In total, EDC influenced 5,739 jobs throughout the year.
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GD NASSCO is the largest shipyard on the West Coast. In exchange for a $2 million California Competes Tax Credit, NASSCO has committed to a net increase of 384 full-time employees and an investment of over $100 million.NASSCO

Ajinomoto Althea, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, will receive a $2 million tax credit in exchange for creating 243 jobs.

A Deloitte Fast 500 company, San Diego-based iboss Cybersecurity employs more than 120 in San Diego, and has offices on nearly every continent. EDC helped the company expand its 43,000 sq ft San Diego headquarters.Find out moreiboss Cybersecurity

With expanding operations in Carlsbad, Thermo Fisher Scientific is one of the largest life sciences companies with a presence in the San Diego region. EDC facilitated the company's expansion into Tijuana, where they are piloting a Software Center of Excellence.

Taylor Guitars, an iconic East County guitar manufacturer, will be creating 25 jobs in exchange for a $500,000 tax credit.

California Competes – a discretionary tax incentive distributed by the state of California – provided more than $17 million in tax credits to 35 San Diego companies. From creating community awareness to drafting letters of support, EDC guided many companies through the application process. Some San Diego recipients include: