Advancing San Diego

San Diego was one of five cities to receive a $3 million investment as part of JPMorgan Chase’s AdvancingCities Challenge, an initiative to drive inclusive growth and create greater economic opportunity across the U.S.

Advancing San Diego is a collaborative program by San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, the City of San Diego, San Diego Workforce Partnership, United Way of San Diego, and San Diego & Imperial Counties Community College Association (SDICCCA). Through this regional initiative, San Diego will cultivate a more inclusive economy, as we will look inward to address regional talent shortages and strengthen the relationship between business and education systems.

The application period for summer internships is now closed. Please check back soon for the fall internship application.

Advancing San Diego

Advancing San Diego is a collaborative effort to address regional talent shortages in high-demand jobs and provide pathways to those jobs for San Diegans, especially those from underrepresented and underserved communities.

Goals of Advancing San Diego:

  1. Engage employers in a structured process to communicate talent needs
  2. Identify education programs that are preparing students for high-demand, quality jobs
  3. Increase the pool of diverse, skilled talent in San Diego
  4. Expand access to talent pipelines for small companies

The Advancing San Diego initiative will contribute toward the regional goal of 20,000 skilled workers (degree or credential holders) in San Diego County by 2030.

How to get involved


Advancing San Diego relies on employers to provide input on talent demands through facilitated industry working groups, which are used to identify programs that align with their needs. See below for results from our first working group – Software Talent Demand – and sign up to join a future working group on Engineering Talent (hardware, industrial, mechanical, electrical) or Marketing & Sales Talent (within innovation industries).

Talent Providers

Advancing San Diego recognizes education and workforce training partners as qualified talent sources and key conduits of the community. Talent providers can apply for designation as a ‘preferred provider.’ Through the Advancing San Diego initiative, students from preferred provider programs will join a network of employers that receive priority access to industry engagement opportunities and subsidized internships.

The next application period for preferred providers will be in Spring 2020. Information regarding preferred provider applications and talent availability will be released on the following schedule:

Small Companies/Startups

Advancing San Diego is designed to expand access to talent for small companies. We understand that many small companies – defined as having fewer than 100 employees – often do not have the time or resources to heavily invest in talent attraction strategies. To better engage small companies, nearly half of the funding for Advancing San Diego will be used to provide small companies with subsidized internships and services that support students success in the workplace.

The application period for summer internships is now closed. Please check back soon for the fall internship application.


Kate Gallagher
Kate Gallagher

Manager, Economic Development