San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation released a study—Qualcomm’s Contribution to San Diego’s Economy, showcasing how the company’s investment in the community has impacted the industry, economy and region as a whole. Since its humble beginning in 1985, Qualcomm has been at the forefront of innovation, entrepreneurship and research and development (R&D.) It settled with a home base in San Diego, providing a significant economic impact and tremendous contributions to our region since its founding.
Qualcomm is not only a technology industry leader in our region; it also engages the marketing, accounting, legal services, consulting, environmental and engineering industries in San Diego, in-turn creating jobs and opportunities along every step of the company’s tech journey. Just in 2018, Qualcomm had an economic impact of approximately $4 billion in the San Diego economy. To put that into perspective, it’s the equivalent of 41 Breeder’s Cup World Championships, 27 San Diego Comic-Cons and 3.6 San Diego Convention Centers. This research was sponsored by Qualcomm, who provided employee data for EDC’s impact analysis.
San Diego has emerged as a leader for the development of cybersecurity technology and the delivery of cyber-related services. The region’s healthy ecosystem, including its strong military presence, world-class academic institutions, incubators and strong partnerships between industry associations and governments, has positioned San Diego as a hub for cyber operations. Today, there are more than 150 firms in the San Diego region focused exclusively on cyber. With incidences of cyber attacks on the rise worldwide, the industry’s innovative companies are equipped to meet the global market’s increasing demands for new products and technologies. This study was produced in collaboration with the Cyber Center of Excellence.
California is home to numerous companies and research institutions that have been on the cutting edge of precision health approaches. The cluster has the potential to encompass nearly all of medicine and become a multibillion-dollar industry cluster, accounting for tens of thousands of jobs in the future.
And, San Diego is a global leader in precision health. The region’s precision health cluster is poised to revolutionize the delivery of healthcare across the globe and holds the promise of enabling each of us to live longer, healthier lives. From personalized cancer vaccines and precision diagnostics, to the rapid DNA sequencing of critically-ill newborns, San Diego has emerged as a world-renowned hub for its foundational research, intellectual property, and the demonstration of precision health.
Reliable water infrastructure is an investment to the regional economy. Clean, reliable water supplies provide numerous economic benefits to San Diego County. Direct investments in water infrastructure, such as the construction of pipelines, dams, or treatment plants, ripple throughout the entire economy by creating new jobs, expanding business opportunities, and fostering economic competitiveness. This economic impact analysis evaluates how water infrastructure investments – developed by the San Diego County Water Authority – over the past 20 years have benefitted the region’s economy.
This report was produced with data provided by Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMSI, IMPLAN, San Diego County Water Authority.
The region has provided the fundamental genomic research that has galvanized scientific discovery across the globe. As we enter into an era of personalized medicine and technology, San Diego’s companies, research institutes, and universities will continue to pioneer discoveries across the interdisciplinary field of genomics.