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How we help companies

“With an operational presence in San Diego, InterDigital will be able to more easily tap into the pools of talented graduates from top universities in the region.”

Naresh Soni
Chief Technology Officer, InterDigital

 San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) serves local companies by providing them with the access to critical partners to accelerate their growth prospects, the data and research to make well-informed decisions, the advocacy to maximize their investment and the positioning needed to raise their profile and open up new opportunities. 

As a nonprofit, our services are free of charge, and underwritten by more than 180 investors that believe in our mission to create a more prosperous and globally competitive region. 

Here’s how we can directly support your company:

Business Assistance

  • Regulatory/Permitting Support: EDC serves as an interface between employers and municipalities or public agencies to address regulatory and permitting issues. EDC helps overcome permitting process delays and raises regulatory matters to the appropriate authority to seek quick relief.
    Example: TuSimple navigates autonomous vehicles regulation | Lighthouse Strategies secures business licensing 
  • Economic Incentive Consulting: EDC provides education, recommendations, and application support for various local, state, and federal programs that incentivize business growth or retention, often creating a customized package of applicable programs.
    Example: Axos Bank wins $5 million Cal Competes Tax Credit 
  • Expansion Services/Site Selection: San Diego has a wide selection of building and land inventory to accommodate a diversity of businesses. EDC works with businesses, consultants, and brokers to aggregate a list of applicable sites, provide introductions to vetted service providers, and/or respond to detailed Requests for Proposals (RFPS) for campuses or locations. 
    Example: EDC leads regional Amazon HQ2 RFP | EDC submits SAP RFP for market expansion 
  • Marketing/Visibility: EDC supports expanding innovation economy and client companies by promoting company growth stories to elected officials, media, and key business contacts, both locally and nationally.
    Example: Makers Quarter Development in two New York Times articles| Cloudbeds San Diego HQ expansion with Congressman Scott Peters
  • Intelligence/Research*: Companies and public agencies rely on economic research to drive decision making. EDC’s research bureau produces independent, economic analyses for municipalities, real estate projects and companies. 
    - Examples: Profiles for the City of Vista and San MarcosSoccerCity Economic Impact Analysis 

International Support - In addition to EDC’s business assistance services, World Trade Center San Diego (WTC), an affiliate of San Diego Regional EDC, works directly with San Diego businesses to support internationalization efforts, and advises foreign-owned business entering the San Diego market. In addition to Specialized international services include:

  • Export Logistics Consulting: Before a product leaves U.S. soil, companies must consider numerous regulatory and logistical factors. WTC works with vetted logistics providers to get San Diego products overseas and aligns closely with the U.S. Department of Commerce to advise companies on market compliance and regulations. 
    VAVi logistical support to Australia 
  • Inbound Investment Support: WTC supports foreign businesses looking to invest in vetted San Diego businesses and projects. WTC also provides aftercare support to international companies that acquire San Diego businesses.
    Example: Chinese investment in Gafcon project | WuXi makes a San Diego acquisition 
  • Market Strategy: Companies must be strategic about global expansion. WTC works one-on-one with San Diego businesses looking to enter foreign markets by advising on market selection and providing vetted introductions to drive international sales. 
    - Examples: Deering Banjo goes to India (via MetroConnect program) | FoxFury accesses Japanese market through JETRO (via MetroConnect program) | Artic Zero enters Korean market

In addition to working one-on-one with companies, EDC also takes a programmatic approach to increasing San Diego's economic competitiveness. Learn more about some of our priorities, initiatives and the programs we've created to tackle our regional economic challenges. 

*Depending on the scope of research and staff time, ad hoc fees for this service may apply.

If you want to learn how you can benefit from any of the services above, please contact Rachel Maltz at