Monthly Report

April 2021

A note from Dr. Clarke…

When we relaunched World Trade Center San Diego (WTCSD) in 2015 as an affiliate of EDC, it was with the goal to align the global competitiveness agenda of the region with its economic development priorities. More than five years later, the global economy faces some of the most significant disruptions in a generation. And yet, if this year has taught us anything, it is that we are a global society that is inextricably connected. San Diego’s economic evolution has demonstrated that global competitiveness and domestic resilience reinforce each other. That is why, alongside civic and business leaders, we were proud to launch Go Global 2025: San Diego’s Trade and Investment strategy. Read more.

By the numbers


San Diego County unemployment rate


Businesses Assisted year-to-date


Jobs Impacted* year-to-date


Impressions across EDC social channels in Q1

* “Jobs Impacted” is derived from self-reported numbers associated with those businesses EDC has assisted year-to-date.

release: San Diego Global Trade and Investment Strategy serves to drive recovery, resilience

In partnership with the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy at UC San Diego, WTCSD released its regional strategic plan, which serves as the update to the inaugural strategy launched in 2015 and focuses on global engagement as an engine for recovery and resilience. Read the strategy.

San Diego’s Changing Business Landscape: The next normal is here

EDC is excited to kick-off San Diego’s Changing Business Landscape Series, which will be published bi-monthly in the San Diego Business Journal and on our blog. The COVID-19 pandemic has has massive immediate and long-term implications for San Diego’s workforce and job composition, as well as regional land use decisions and infrastructure investment. This series continuously evaluates those implications for businesses and decision-makers across the region. To learn more about the impacts on San Diego’s talent attraction and retention efforts, read on.

With and through our nearly 200 investors, we are creating a stronger San Diego.

March renewals and new members:

Cisterra Development
City of San Marcos

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