Inclusive Growth

The growth of San Diego’s innovation economy has made the region better educated and more prosperous than most of its peers.

However, this economic transformation presents new challenges for future growth. If unaddressed, San Diego will no longer be an attractive place to live and do business.

For the region to remain competitive, proactive measures to promote economic inclusion must be taken. Throughout 2019, EDC and its Inclusive Growth Steering Committee developed measurable targets and actionable recommendations that together create a platform for inclusive economic growth and achieve three main goals listed below.

Three Main Goals

Building a Strong Local Talent Pipeline

GOAL: 20K Annual Completions by 2030

Equipping Small Businesses to Compete

GOAL: 50K New Quality Jobs within Small Businesses by 2030

Addressing the Affordability Crisis

GOAL: 75K Newly Thriving Households by 2030

Initially, EDC defined this goal as closing the minority achievement gap. After gathering more data and consulting with experts in the educational and workforce systems, EDC and its Inclusive Growth Steering Committee concluded that the number of local produced talent is simply not enough to meet the demands of San Diego’s most productive industries. Data also indicates that the region’s fastest-growing population (Hispanics) is statistically the least prepared for high-skilled jobs. In order to meet the region’s demands for talent, special focus must then be placed on underrepresented populations as they continue to grow proportionally.

San Diego’s economy depends on a highly-educated and highly-skilled workforce. A nationwide battle for talent and soaring cost of living here make attracting talent from elsewhere increasingly difficult. To ensure the region’s future competitiveness, San Diego needs to build a strong local talent pipeline. EDC and its steering committee have determined that the region must double its number of locally produced talent to 20,000 new skilled workers in San Diego per year by 2030, as measured by degree or credential completions. EDC will monitor progress on this goal, while also tracking performance across geographies and demographics, throughout the educational pipeline. Learn more by visiting the Building San Diego’s Pipeline interactive web study.

In an effort to sustain San Diego’s economic competitiveness, San Diego Regional EDC and its Inclusive Growth Steering Committee of 40 employers officially endorsed a regional goal to create 50,000 new quality jobs within small businesses by 2030. Driven by EDC’s latest study release, Equipping Small Businesses to Compete, this regional goal and accompanying set of employer recommendations aim to help small businesses in San Diego to compete – the second of three main goals of EDC’s Inclusive Growth initiative.

With the first two goals developed and endorsed by the Inclusive Growth Steering Committee, over the next few months, EDC will pivot to developing the third goal: addressing San Diego’s affordability crisis.

EMPLOYERS ENDORSING THE REGIONAL GOAL:

  • Sam Attisha, SVP & Region Manager, Cox Communications
  • Phil Blair, President, Manpower San Diego
  • Jennie Brooks, VP, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Janice Brown, Founding Partner, Brown Law Group
  • Peter Callstrom, CEO, San Diego Workforce Partnership
  • Kim Becker, CEO, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
  • Erik Caldwell, Director of Economic Development, City of San Diego
  • Don Chick, CEO & President, New Synergist Consulting
  • Sunny Cooke, President, MiraCosta Community College
  • Cynthia Curiel, Sector VP, Communications, Northrop Grumman
  • Rob Douglas, President & COO, ResMed
  • Scott Drury, President, San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Jane Finley, SVP & Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente
  • Thom Harpole, Human Resources Director, SDSU
  • Dan Harrington, Chief Services Officer, Teradata
  • Baron Hedelin-Doherty, President & CEO, YMCA San Diego
  • Lisette Islas, Chief Impact Officer, The MAAC Project
  • Rudy Johnson, CEO, Neighborhood House Association
  • Keith Jones, Managing Principal & Partner, Ace Parking
  • Jennifer LeSar, Chief Executive Officer, LeSar Development Consultants
  • Judy McDonald, Board member, Parker Foundation
  • Debbie McKeon, President & CEO, San Diego Grantmakers
  • Chris Nayve, AVP, Community Engagement & Anchor Initiatives, University of San Diego
  • Matt Newsome, General Manager, North America West, Cubic Transportation Systems
  • Julian Parra, Pacific Southwest Region Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Patricia Prado-Olmos, VP, Community Engagement, CSU San Marcos
  • Rip Rippetoe, Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Convention Center
  • Tom Seidler, Managing Partner, San Diego Padres
  • Paul Thiel, CEO, Northern Trust
  • Mary Walshok, Dean, UC San Diego Extension

If you are an employer interested in joining this effort, please contact bl@sandiegobusiness.org.

In an effort to address San Diego’s soaring cost of living, San Diego Regional EDC and its Inclusive Growth Steering Committee of 40 employers officially endorsed a regional goal to create 75,000 newly thriving households by 2030. Driven by the findings in EDC’s latest study release, this regional goal and accompanying set of recommendations aim to address key factors (housing, transportation, and childcare) impacting San Diego’s affordability crisis – the last of three main goals of a regional Inclusive Growth agenda.

To meet this new regional goal, San Diego must increase the proportion of households that can afford the region’s true cost of living from 47 percent to 55 percent. This means more housing, more transportation options, and more childcare. It also means growing household incomes through the local development of skilled workers and creation of more quality jobs.

EMPLOYERS ENDORSING THE REGIONAL GOAL:

  • Ed Abeyta, Associate Dean, UC San Diego Extension
  • Sam Attisha, SVP & Region Manager, Cox Communications
  • Phil Blair, President, Manpower San Diego
  • Jennie Brooks, VP, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Janice Brown, Founding Partner, Brown Law Group
  • Peter Callstrom, CEO, San Diego Workforce Partnership
  • Don Chick, CEO & President, New Synergist Consulting
  • Sunny Cooke, President, MiraCosta Community College
  • Cynthia Curiel, Sector VP, Communications, Northrop Grumman
  • Scott Drury, President, San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Jane Finley, SVP & Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente
  • Thom Harpole, Human Resources Director, SDSU
  • Baron Hedelin-Doherty, President & CEO, YMCA San Diego
  • Lisette Islas, Chief Impact Officer, The MAAC Project
  • Rudy Johnson, CEO, Neighborhood House Association
  • Keith Jones, Managing Principal & Partner, Ace Parking
  • Jennifer LeSar, Chief Executive Officer, LeSar Development Consultants
  • Judy McDonald, Board member, Parker Foundation
  • Debbie McKeon, President & CEO, San Diego Grantmakers
  • Chris Nayve, AVP, Community Engagement & Anchor Initiatives, University of San Diego
  • Julian Parra, Pacific Southwest Region Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Patricia Prado-Olmos, VP, Community Engagement, CSU San Marcos
  • Rip Rippetoe, Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Convention Center
  • Mark Stuart, CEO, The San Diego Foundation
  • Paul Thiel, CEO, Northern Trust

Learn more about San Diego’s Inclusive Growth Initiative and endorse these goals.

Eduardo Velasquez
Eduardo Velasquez

Senior Manager, Research

Be a part of Advancing San Diego!

San Diego was one of five cities to receive a $3 million investment as part of JPMorgan Chase’s AdvancingCities Challenge, an initiative to drive inclusive growth and create greater economic opportunity across the U.S.

Advancing San Diego is a collaborative program by San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, the City of San Diego, San Diego Workforce Partnership, United Way of San Diego and San Diego & Imperial Counties Community College Association (SDICCCA), which contributes toward the regional goal of 20,000 skilled workers (degree or credential holders) in San Diego County by 2030. Through this initiative, San Diego will cultivate a more inclusive economy, as we will look inward to address regional talent shortages and strengthen the relationship between business and education systems.

Learn More & Get involved

  • Co-Chair Janice Brown, Brown Law Group
  • Co-Chair Jim Waring
  • Bill Anderson, AECOM
  • Sam Attisha, Cox Communications
  • Christina Bibler, City of San Diego
  • Jennie Brooks, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Don Chick, Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Sunny Cooke, MiraCosta Community College
  • Cynthia Curiel, Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Dino D’Auria, HomeStreet Bank
  • Mark Field, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Jane Finley, Kaiser Permanente
  • Melissa Floca, UC San Diego
  • Kurt Gering, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
  • Thom Harpole, San Diego State University
  • Juanita Hendrickson, Teradata
  • Ed Hidalgo, Cajon Valley Union School District
  • Lisette Islas, The MAAC Project
  • Rudy Johnson, Neighborhood House Association
  • Carol Kim, San Diego Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Jennifer LeSar, LeSar Associates
  • Keith Maddox, San Diego & Imperial Labor Council
  • Connie Matsui, San Diego Foundation
  • Bruce Mayberry, SDG&E
  • Judy McDonald, Parker Foundation
  • John Mendez, Mendez Strategy Group
  • Matt Newsome, Cubic Transportation Systems
  • Julian Parra, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Patricia Prado-Olmos, CSU San Marcos
  • Rip Rippetoe, San Diego Convention Center
  • Peter Siedler, San Diego Padres
  • Pat Sullivan, SPAWAR
  • Paul Thiel, Chairman’s Roundtable
  • Mary Walshok, UC San Diego Extension
  • Randy Ward, Teach for America San Diego

2019 Initiative Supporters

Inclusive Growth Supporters