A note from Mark Cafferty
Just as we kickoff the final quarter of 2021, British Airways (BA) will resume its nonstop service between San Diego and London Heathrow. The flight that took our region’s global economic connectivity to a whole new level is finally back.
Ten years ago, the BA flight set off a new focus within our region on the role that direct, nonstop service to international markets could play in growing our economy through foreign direct investment and global trade. It was the catalyst for our Japan Airlines flight to Tokyo, our Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt, and continued strategies to expand our global reach and connectivity.
The flight also played a key role in the rebuilding of our region’s World Trade Center. We learned quickly that trade-related jobs were the kind of quality jobs we were hoping to create for more San Diegans, and that engagement with international markets could have a significant and positive impact on our region’s diverse small business community. The return of the BA flight is one important step in getting our economy back to full strength.
By the Numbers
- 7 newly designated Preferred Providers of Healthcare talent
- 13% of regional jobs are in Healthcare
- $790K in MetroConnect export assistance grants awarded to date
- 19M sqft of available office space in the region
- Science Spark’s pivot to virtual events catalyzed by COVID-19 relief funding
- San Diego’s Changing Business Landscape: Companies struggle to keep up with resurgent growth
- Meet our Advancing San Diego Preferred Providers of Healthcare talent
- Data Bites: September 2021
New and Renewing Investors
- City of Encinitas
- City of Oceanside
- Kilroy Realty
- Port of San Diego
- The San Diego Foundation
- San Diego Workforce Partnership
- Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
- The Clay Company
- Marine Group Boat Works