Rady Children’s Hospital hires six FTEs following Advancing San Diego internship

Through Advancing San Diego’s internship program led by EDC, local healthcare provider Rady Children’s Hospital hosted six fully subsidized interns from top, local education programs, and went on to hire all as full-time employees.


San Diego’s healthcare providers face numerous challenges in attracting and retaining talent. Faced with a global pandemic, now more than ever healthcare providers are seeing higher-than-average turnover rates for essential roles like medical assistants. Additionally, many companies have fewer connections to top, preferred providers of healthcare talent in the region.

This is where Advancing San Diego (ASD) was able to help.


Made possible by JPMorgan Chase, Advancing San Diego is a demand-driven strategy to address talent shortages and remove barriers for small and not-for profit companies to access qualified workers through a variety of services including its internship program. After a competitive application process, Rady Children’s Hospital was selected to host six paid ASD healthcare interns from top Preferred Provider training programs, at no cost.

ASD provided a competitive wage and stipend, as well as access to a vetted pool of diverse medical assistants. Rady also had the opportunity to work with ASD’s staffing partner, Manpower San Diego, which administered the interview process, administrative HR tasks, payroll, and more.


As a result of EDC’s ASD program, Rady was able to skip the challenges of talent sourcing and dive straight into building camaraderie with their new interns and the Preferred Provider programs in which they came from. At the close of the internship, Rady Children’s Hospital hired all six students full-time—opening a door of social mobility for underrepresented talent in essential roles.

The program also helped relieve budgetary constraints by saving Rady thousands in payroll, overhead, and talent sourcing expenses.

“Advancing San Diego has helped us tap into diverse talent highly-prepared for the clinical hours we require. EDC’s program helped us establish better relationships with local education programs and introduced us to six skilled medical assistants who we’re excited to bring on full-time.”

-Jenna Martin, Strategic Business Project Manager, Rady Children’s Hospital




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Monthly Report – October 2022

This month, EDC’s World Trade Center San Diego (WTCSD) and Mayor Todd Gloria led 29 of some of our region’s most influential and collaborative business, academic, political, and economic leaders on a Trade Mission to the Netherlands—carrying the San Diego banner in one of the world’s leading metros for innovation and circular urban development.

See EDC’s month in review below, made possible with and through our investors.

By the numbers

  • 29 delegates join WTCSD on Mayoral Trade Mission to the Netherlands
  • 12+ meetings/events across three-day trade mission
  • $267.7M gross regional product (Q3 2022)
  • $27B in GRP attributed to the tech sector

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New and renewing investors

  • The Clay Company
  • CDC Small Business Finance
  • Stockdale Partners
  • MAAC
  • Curebound
  • Apple
  • City of Chula Vista
  • Homefed Corporation
  • Insulet
  • SeaWorld
  • Alexandria Real Estate Partners, Inc.
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Gosite
  • IQHQ
  • La Mesa RV
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Taylor Guitars

See our current Monthly Report

Monthly Report – September 2022

From the opening of new academic buildings, to the announcements of new courses and programs, to the celebration of a new stadium—the successes and results of business and education partnerships are on full display across our region. 

See EDC’s month in review below, made possible with and through our investors.

By the numbers

  • 400+ professionals attended EDC’s Summer Bash
  • $1.8B in VC funding (Q2 2022)
  • $18.1M awarded to SDICCCA for pipeline development across counties
  • 3.2% unemployment rate (Q2 2022)

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New and renewing investors

  • Carrier Johnson + CULTURE
  • City of Encinitas
  • City of Oceanside
  • Junior Achievement
  • Lankford & Associates
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Port of San Diego
  • Red Door Interactive
  • The San Diego Foundation
  • San Diego Workforce Partnership
  • Sanford Burnham Prebys
  • TaylorMade
  • Visat

See our current Monthly Report

Monthly Report – August 2022

In the throes of planning our first international trade mission since 2019, signing a new lease and moving into UC San Diego’s Park & Market space, and continued work against our 2030 Inclusive Growth goals, Team EDC is busier than ever.

See EDC’s month in review below, made possible with and through our investors.

By the numbers

  • 19 HR professionals attended ASD Talent Workshop Series
  • 16 investors hosted at investor lunch
  • 200+ tickets sold to Summer Bash
  • 11K media impressions garnered for Red Door Interactive

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New and renewing investors

  • JLL
  • Options for all
  • City of San Diego
  • County of San Diego
  • San Diego Housing Commission
  • Illumina
  • Lowe Enterprises
  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego Wildlife Alliance
  • ASML
  • City of Carlsbad
  • The Gildred Companies

See our current Monthly Report

Monthly Report – May 2022

See EDC’s month in review below, made possible with and through our investors.

By the numbers

  • 900 attendees expected at Annual Dinner
  • 7% increase in lab space asking rates in Q1 2022
  • 4 life sciences companies in MetroConnect VI
  • 18.8% year-ago increase in median home price

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New and renewing investors

  • Bristol Meyers Squibb
  • CalPrivate Bank
  • Chevron
  • City of Escondido
  • Neighborhood House Association
  • Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP
  • San Diego Community Power
  • San Diego County Water Authority

See our current Monthly Report

Monthly Report – April 2022

A note on progress from OUR Senior Director

In 2018, EDC and a steering committee of the region’s largest employers determined that for our region to continue to grow and remain competitive, by 2030, San Diego will need:

  • 50,000 quality jobs in small businesses,
  • 20,000 skilled workers per year, and
  • 75,000 newly thriving households.

However, to do so, inclusion needs to be our focus. To achieve these goals, we must invest in and support the segments of our community that have been historically and systemically excluded from growth and prosperity—not simply because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s an economic imperative.

Read EDUARDO’s full update

By the numbers

  • 40 regional leaders convened for EDC retreat
  • 4% unemployment rate in San Diego County
  • 16.5K San Diego payroll positions added in Jan, Feb
  • 20% increase in pre-pandemic employment in Scientific R&D

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New and renewing investors

  • Breakthrough Properties
  • Bridgewest Group
  • CBRE
  • Cisterra Development
  • City of San Marcos
  • Colliers International
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • LBA Realty
  • MAAC
  • Marsh Mclennan
  • National CORE
  • Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
  • ResCare
  • San Diego International Airport
  • Scripps
  • Soral Turbines

See our current Monthly Report

Monthly Report – March 2022

A note from OUR COO

EDC’s team, investors, and partners do our best work when we are together; this reflects our values of collaboration and inclusion and is core to our mission. But it’s been a minute…

While we safely begin to gather again, we recognize many things are different. Whether you have trepidation about returning to in-person gatherings or are eager to get from behind the Zoom screen, EDC will meet you where you’re at—offering opportunities for both interactions in the months and year ahead. Hearing from and being with our investors and partners in either setting is essential.

Read Lauree’s full update

By the numbers

  • $2.6 billion in VC funding raised in Q4 2021
  • 2.75M square feet of demand for lab space
  • 15 MetroConnect VI companies
  • 5 designated ‘Preferred Providers’ of life sciences talent

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New and renewing investors

  • Amazon
  • Bank of America
  • H.G. Fenton Company
  • Jerome’s
  • JLL
  • SBCS

See our current Monthly Report

Monthly Report – February 2022

A note from Bree Burris

The long talked about ‘war for talent’ is more competitive than ever, with established firms upending whole hiring systems to meet the demands of today’s applicants—and still, not getting enough. You are not alone; this is not a one-company problem. In our countless conversations with HR leaders and executives, it’s clear firms across industries and size are struggling to fill their open positions (EDC included).

In a survey of 200 local businesses, hiring difficulty reached a new high in December. That same month, local San Diego employers posted more than 158,000 unique jobs—nearly half of which were new positions and predominantly in STEM. And yet, there are just 61,000 people currently unemployed in the region.

Read more from Bree

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Monthly Report – January 2022

A note from Dr. clarke

Like we do every year, our team spent the last few months of 2021 working with EDC’s executive committee, board, and investors to establish annual goals that are informed by current economic realities, led by employers, and have measurable outcomes that contribute to prosperity and competitiveness across the binational region. As San Diego emerges from a global pandemic to an economy full of contradictions—strong job growth, eye-watering VC numbers, and massive capital investment as well as widespread labor shortages, small business closures, and housing prices almost 30 percent higher than 2019—it is abundantly clear that smart economic development is inclusive economic development.

In 2021, EDC reframed our organizational goals around these fundamental building blocks of a strong economy—quality jobs, skilled talent, and thriving households—and committed to working with and through our investors to accelerate progress towards the Inclusive Growth goals.

Read more from Nikia and see EDC’s 2022 goals

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See our current Monthly Report here.

Advancing San Diego, employers identify highest regional talent needs

Now in its sixth round, Advancing San Diego (ASD) addresses skilled talent shortages and increases diversity in high-growth, high-demand jobs. A program of EDC and key community partners, ASD leads employer collaboratives that recognize local training programs most effectively preparing San Diegans for quality jobs; pairing students of those programs with local employers for paid internships; and strengthening community partnerships to power San Diego’s talent pipeline of tomorrow. 

To help students build meaningful careers in local, high-demand jobs in key industries, ASD welcomed its Business and Manufacturing cohorts this year, pairing 48 student interns with 25 small companies, of which 19 were woman-, person of color-, veteran-, or disabled-owned. All of the 48 student interns were considered priority students, meaning they identified with a historically under-resourced population, are a first generation or community college student, or currently live or went to high school in a low income neighborhood of San Diego. 

ASD is currently convening employers from the Healthcare industry and has recognized seven programs as Preferred Providers for their work in training Medical Assistants. Students from those programs will be placed in internships beginning in early 2022. See the full network of Preferred Providers here

Advancing San Diego by the numbers, 2021


student interns placed


small companies paired with high-demand talent


job applications submitted on Career Exploration Day

A core part of this work includes direct collaboration with industry. ASD convened six working groups made up of industry leaders from San Diego companies including Northrop Grumman, Rady Children’s Hospital, and Takeda, among others, who together shared the most-needed roles in their firms by sector. Each of their findings were summarized in the talent demand reports below:

These reports serve to inform curriculum for universities and education programs to develop our regional talent pipeline.

Learn more and get involved here, or contact us!

Taylor Dunne
Taylor Dunne

Sr. Manager, Talent Initiatives