Cybersecurity in the San Diego region

Summary

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.

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The Small Business Ecosystem Along the 78 Corridor

Summary

Small businesses, which represent approximately 98 percent of all local companies, are the backbone of the regional economy. This initiative, which includes a survey of 164 businesses along the 78 Corridor, seeks to uncover insight and gain a deeper understanding of small business perceptions of the regional business climate. The end goal is to develop new and enhance existing programming and support for small businesses in the 78 Corridor. For the purpose of this survey, small businesses are defined as having fewer than 100 employees.

This study was underwritten by Innovate78.

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An In-Depth Look at San Diego’s Small Business Ecosystem

Summary

Small businesses – those with fewer than 100 employees – are the backbone of the regional economy. This initiative, which includes a survey of 522 small businesses across San Diego and Imperial counties, seeks to uncover insight and gain a deeper understanding of small business perceptions of the regional business climate. The end goal is to develop new and enhance existing programming and support for small businesses in the region. This report was commissioned by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

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San Diego’s Precision Health Ecosystem

Summary

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.

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Innovate78 Regional Profile

Summary

Innovate78 is the collaborative outcome of five cities – Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista – coming together with a shared vision to boost economic prosperity along the 78 Corridor. From tech startups to life sciences and communications, North County is the place where innovation and lifestyle collide. Here, in the five forward-thinking communities that comprise the 78 Corridor, creative leaders are gathering to continue this momentum of innovation and success.

Together, we represent Innovate78, a hub of innovation, that is driving talent and creative capital to the 78 Corridor.

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Comercio & Competitividad En América Del Norte: Un Enfoque en la Mega-Región de Cali Baja

El Sumario

El Tratado de Libre Comercio de America del Norte (TLCAN) se promulgó el 1 de enero de 1994 y fue el primer acuerdo recíproco de este tipo entre países industrializados y en vías de desarrollo. En términos generales, el acuerdo buscaba reducir las barreras comerciales y aumentar el comercio e inversión entre los Estados Unidos, Canadá, y México. Este reporte usa datos disponibles para analizar y clarificar cómo TLCAN ha aumentado la competitividad económica en América del Norte y ha estimulado el crecimiento en la economía de innovación de Cali Baja, convirtiéndolo en uno de los acuerdos comerciales más beneficiosos y significativos de la historia.

El reporte fue producido por World Trade Center San Diego, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy y El Colegio de la Frontera Norte.

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Trade and Competitiveness in North America: A Focus on the Cali Baja Mega-Region

Summary

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted on January 1, 1994, and was the first reciprocal agreement of its kind between industrial and developing countries. Broadly, the agreement sought to lower trade barriers and increase trade and investment between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This report uses available data to analyze and illuminate how NAFTA has heightened economic competitiveness across North America and spurred growth in Cali Baja’s innovation economy, making it one of the most beneficial and significant trade agreements in history.

This report was produced by World Trade Center San Diego, supported by the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy and El Colegio de la Frontera Norte.

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The Importance of Water Reliability to San Diego’s Economy

Summary

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.

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Study: Mapping San Diego’s Defense Ecosystem

Summary

For more than a century, San Diego’s defense cluster has been at the heart of the regional economy. The breadth and depth of defense activity stretches far beyond military bases and naval ships; from telecomm to robotics, aerospace to cybersecurity, San Diego’s defense cluster is the driving force behind the region’s innovation economy. In absence of the defense cluster, it is doubtful San Diego would be the global innovation hub it is today. In 2017, defense-related spending contributed $25.2 billion to the regional economy. More than $9 billion came from defense contracts procured by private firms, making San Diego the second largest recipient of defense procurement dollars nationwide. Today, there are more than 5,600 defense contractors connected to the region’s defense cluster. The overwhelming majority are small businesses in the manufacturing and professional, scientific, and technical service sectors which, together, account for 81 percent of all defense-specific contractor employment.

As a region heavily reliant upon defense spending, uncertainty surrounding the federal defense budget poses a potential threat to the region’s essential network of defense contractors and, more broadly, the regional economy. In order to better understand and support the local defense cluster, a survey of defense contractors in the region was conducted to gauge perceptions of the business climate, with the ultimate goal of informing the development of specific programs designed to enhance the resiliency of local companies.

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Community Profile: City of Vista

Summary

The City of Vista, located along North San Diego County’s 78 Corridor, is home to nearly 102,000 people spread across nearly 30,150 households. While accounting for only 3.1 percent of the San Diego region’s population, Vista is one of the faster growing cities in the region. Since 2010, the City has grown by 8.0 percent – a higher rate than the San Diego region as a whole – earning a spot as the seventh fastest growing city in the region between 2010 and 2016. Looking ahead, the Vista’s population is projected to grow by an additional 2.1 percent – approximately 2,096 people – by 2025.

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