San Diego’s Good News of the Week – February 23, 2024

Every week, ‘Good News of the Week’ features a curation of positive headlines from San Diego, delivered straight to your inbox. A blend of aggregated stories from San Diego’s most trusted news sources and original EDC-created content, GNOTW provides a comprehensive recap of the region’s best stories from the past week. GNOTW is sponsored by Manpower San Diego.

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For the week of February 23, 2024, here’s what we’re reading:

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Share your insight: San Diego and Imperial small business survey

EDC and SBDC invite small businesses in San Diego and Imperial counties to participate in a brief survey, which aims to better understand evolving business needs in this ever-changing climate. The aggregated, anonymized survey results will help SBDC provide regional business support and programming via its network of advisors.

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Liz Muthoni
Liz Muthoni

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San Diego’s Good News of the Week – February 16, 2024

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For the week of February 16, 2024, here’s what we’re reading:

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Share your insight: San Diego and Imperial SBDC survey

EDC’s Research Bureau invites local small businesses to participate in the San Diego and Imperial SBDC Network’s survey by March 1, which aims to better understand evolving business needs in this ever-changing climate. The aggregated survey results will help SBDC provide regional business support and programming via its network of advisors.

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Liz Muthoni
Liz Muthoni

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San Diego’s Good News of the Week – February 9, 2024

Every week, ‘Good News of the Week’ features a curation of positive headlines from San Diego, delivered straight to your inbox. A blend of aggregated stories from San Diego’s most trusted news sources and original EDC-created content, GNOTW provides a comprehensive recap of the region’s best stories from the past week. GNOTW is sponsored by Manpower San Diego.

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For the week of February 9, 2024, here’s what we’re reading:

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Host summer interns at no cost

Together with the Border Region Talent Pipeline K-16 Collaborative, EDC invites companies in San Diego and Imperial Counties to apply to host fully funded computing, engineering, and/or business interns this summer. Internship applicants are pre-screened and sourced through Advancing San Diego’s Verified Programs, ensuring they are learning the industry’s most in-demand skills.

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Liz Muthoni

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San Diego’s Good News of the Week – February 2, 2024

Every week, ‘Good News of the Week’ features a curation of positive headlines from San Diego, delivered straight to your inbox. A blend of aggregated stories from San Diego’s most trusted news sources and original EDC-created content, GNOTW provides a comprehensive recap of the region’s best stories from the past week. GNOTW is sponsored by Manpower San Diego.

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Last call: MetroConnect VII Kickoff

Join World Trade Center San Diego (WTCSD) and Mayor Todd Gloria on February 8 as we announce the 15 San Diego companies selected to join our seventh and newest cohort of MetroConnect, WTCSD’s flagship export assistance program.

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Liz Muthoni
Liz Muthoni

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San Diego’s Good News of the Week – January 26, 2024

Every week, ‘Good News of the Week’ features a curation of positive headlines from San Diego, delivered straight to your inbox. A blend of aggregated stories from San Diego’s most trusted news sources and original EDC-created content, GNOTW provides a comprehensive recap of the region’s best stories from the past week. GNOTW is sponsored by Manpower San Diego.

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For the week of January 26, 2024, here’s what we’re reading:

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Save the date: EDC Annual Dinner

EDC’s Annual Dinner is back at the most beautiful ballpark in baseball. On June 18, we are excited to again gather at Petco Park to celebrate our region and the people who call this place home. Sponsorship opportunities available now; contact Jennifer Storm for more information.

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Liz Muthoni
Liz Muthoni

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San Diego’s Good News of the Week – January 19, 2024

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For the week of January 19, 2024, here’s what we’re reading:

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Apply by Jan. 22: California Competes Tax Credit

Is your California business looking to grow over the next five years or considering leaving the state? You may be eligible for up to $164 million in tax credits from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. EDC’s expert team is available at no cost to San Diego companies seeking guidance on the Cal Competes applications closing January 22.

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Liz Muthoni

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San Diego’s Good News of the Week – January 12, 2024

Every week, ‘Good News of the Week’ features a curation of positive headlines from San Diego, delivered straight to your inbox. A blend of aggregated stories from San Diego’s most trusted news sources and original EDC-created content, GNOTW provides a comprehensive recap of the region’s best stories from the past week. GNOTW is sponsored by Manpower San Diego.

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For the week of January 12, 2024, here’s what we’re reading:

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EDC’s Employee Retention & Return to Office Study

EDC is scoping a unique study of the local workforce across 2024 to identify evolving local trends in how work is done, workers’ needs, workforce trends, and workplace requirements to inform company return to office plans as well as office tenant attraction strategies. To participate in the study or sponsor, contact our team.

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San Diego’s Good News of the Week – January 5, 2024

Every week, ‘Good News of the Week’ features a curation of positive headlines from San Diego, delivered straight to your inbox. A blend of aggregated stories from San Diego’s most trusted news sources and original EDC-created content, GNOTW provides a comprehensive recap of the region’s best stories from the past week. GNOTW is sponsored by Manpower San Diego.

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For the week of January 5, 2024, here’s what we’re reading:

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MetroConnect VII Kickoff

Join us on February 8 as we announce the 15 San Diego companies selected to join our seventh and newest cohort of MetroConnect, World Trade Center San Diego’s flagship export assistance program. Hear remarks from San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, celebrate emerging global companies, and meet international service providers like Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, and JPMorgan Chase.

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Kyle Winnick

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San Diego’s Good News of the Year 2023

In business and in life, our ability to plan is only as effective as our understanding of the circumstances we are working through.

Despite ongoing uncertainties, EDC remains both optimistic for the future and continuously amazed by what San Diego business, academic, community, and civic leaders are building, sustaining, and improving all around us. Looking back at the highlights and headlines of the year that was, our vantage point remains an amazing one.

See what San Diego accomplished in Good News of the Year:

Growing and planting roots in San Diego

This year, several companies moved into and expanded within the region, creating jobs for San Diegans across life sciences, manufacturing, and other industries. Some highlights include:

Major acquisitions and IPOs

Local companies continue to prove that San Diego competes on a global stage. Here are some of our region’s standout acquisitions and IPOs throughout the year:

Startups nab big venture investments

Despite the slowdown in VC investment, San Diego startups continued to secure millions of dollars in funding across sectors including life sciences, AI, agtech, and other innovation industries. More than $3.7 billion flowed into the region this year, including these notable investments:

  • Unicorn Shield AI with $2.7B valuation raises additional $200M to build AI ‘pilots’ for military aircraft
  • Boundless Bio snags $100M to continue oncogene-amplified cancers clinical trials
  • Measurabl lands $93M to expand real estate ESG tool to new geographies
  • Lenz Therapeutics raises $83.5M to replace eye-glasses with eye drops
  • Fabric8Labs secures $50M to triple staff
  • Kneron raises $49M to scale up AI chip R&D
  • Cultivated seafood startup BlueNalu lands $33.5M to scale up San Diego facility

Higher ed institutions double down on research and innovation

Home to the best and brightest—as noted in Clarivate’s highly-influential scientists list—San Diego education institutions continue to foster life-changing innovation. This year we celebrate:

  • Forbes names UC San Diego #3 and San Diego State University #16 on top public colleges in the U.S.
  • Wexford, UC San Diego partner on a 23-acre Science Research Park
  • SDSU, LPC West partner on 1.6M sq. ft. Mission Valley Innovation District
  • USD to launch AI-ML boot camp to address labor demand
  • CSUSM professor secures $2.5M grant to expand Quantum Information Science and Technology education
  • MiraCosta College secures more than $1.6M in NSF grants
  • Miramar College awarded $1.4M grant for math, engineering, science program
  • National University receives $400K National Science Foundation grant to integrate visual and fine arts with STEM education
  • City of Chula Vista breaks ground on UniverCity with 6M sq. ft. academic, innovation space

Defense contracts abound

A cornerstone of our regional economy, the military represents almost one-quarter of all jobs in the county and a quarter of the local economy with more than $36 billion in direct defense spending in 2023. Home to global defense innovation powerhouses, new contracts include:

San Diego to the world

San Diego expanded connections to Tijuana, and to the European and Asian markets. Increased access to these markets facilitates the exchange of talent and expands opportunities to strengthen economic ties. In 2023, global wins include:

Making strides in cleantech

San Diego continues to respond to California’s bold commitments to a clean energy future where battery and other sustainable technology will play a major role. It’s no wonder Wallet Hub ranked San Diego #1 on its “Greenest Cities in America” list. Here are some of the locals leading the charge:

Premier travel, sports destination

San Diego remains a top spot to live, work, and play…sports! A few of the many wins we’re proud of in 2023:

EDC’s own good news

Top 10 in 2023
San Diego’s good news is EDC’s good news. With and through our investors, our year in review includes support to 117 local companies, more than $3.1 million in export growth through WTCSD programs, 30 new Verified Programs of Talent, and much more.

See OUR YEAR in review

 

San Diego’s Good News of the Week – December 8, 2023

Every week, ‘Good News of the Week’ features a curation of positive headlines from San Diego, delivered straight to your inbox. A blend of aggregated stories from San Diego’s most trusted news sources and original EDC-created content, GNOTW provides a comprehensive recap of the region’s best stories from the past week. GNOTW is sponsored by Manpower San Diego.

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For the week of December 8, 2023, here’s what we’re reading:

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Investor Spotlight: General Atomics

General Atomics (GA) has long been an EDC investor and global leader in nuclear fusion energy and defense research and development. Driving the world’s clean energy future, GA operates the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego on behalf of the Department of Energy. In early 2023, GA hosted Mayor Todd Gloria at its Sorrento Valley campus as part of a series of tours of the region’s leading innovators.

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Liz Muthoni
Liz Muthoni

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