The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC for short) serves global companies by providing them with the access to critical partners to accelerate their growth prospects. EDC provides data and research to make well-informed decisions and to open up new opportunities. Tokyo and London are the top sources of FDI by city. The San Diego region has seen a steady climb in its FDI ranking.
EDC staff work every day to support dozens of local, national and global businesses thinking about their growth potential in the San Diego region. To this end, the EDC team provides services in support of key decisions being made that affect local jobs. EDC offers the following key support services:
We connect you to the right people. Whether it is finding the right talent, necessary capital to grow your business or connecting you to industry peers, EDC leverages its network of partners to help companies grow in our region. We will serve as your advocate with local government agencies, facilitate introductions to industry trade associations and other private organizations throughout our region.
The foundation of good business decisions start with strong data. EDC provides customized research to local companies to give them the edge they need to make well-informed decisions. EDC also conducts research that provides a baseline of industry data to encourage and support economic investment.
We coordinate and conduct outreach to discuss issues affecting companies' capacity to stay and grow in the region. EDC works with elected officials, university leadership and other policy makers to facilitate your needs whether your concern is workforce, infrastructure, transportation or housing, among others.
San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation's (EDC for short) mission is to maximize the region’s economic prosperity and global competitiveness. As an independently funded non-profit organization, EDC promotes the region, facilitates corporate expansion across diverse industry sectors and supports the talent pool that drives their success.
GO GLOBAL SAN DIEGO – EDC leads efforts to promote regional competitiveness through foreign direct investment and international trade. We organize trade missions to key markets like London and Tokyo and have granted SMEs funds to help them explore export opportunities.
REGIONAL MARKETING– EDC creates multilateral strategies to increase the region’s visibility and elevate San Diego’s distinct assets within international thought leadership spheres. We helped produce National Geographic’s “World’s Smart Cities” documentary about San Diego, which aired in more than 60 countries – highlighting San Diego as a hub for ideas and innovation.
OPERATION SAN DIEGO – With public and private partners, EDC spearheads an on-going initiative to defend, maintain and grow the $45 billion economic impact of the military through advocacy at the federal, state and local levels.
WORKFORCE AND TALENT RETENTION– Arguably the region’s best asset is its highly-skilled workforce. EDC supports STEM education, training programs and initiatives to ensure San Diego has the workforce pipeline to maintain its competitive edge.
COMPANY SUPPORT – On average EDC directly supports more than 150 companies representing about 5,000 jobs each year. From data to site selection to permitting to partnerships, we leverage our network and expertise to ensure that companies are able to grow here.
Are you considering setting up your business in the San Diego Area? Don’t hesitate to contact our team if you have a specific question related to your industry or country.
+ 1 619 - 234 8484 or
+ 1 619 - 234 8484
530 B Street, 7th Floor, San Diego, CA 92101
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The MetroConnect Prize provides small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in San Diego with the resources they need to take their business to the rest of the world. MetroConnect provides each selected company up to $10,000 in matching funds to cover up to 50% of the costs associated with the company's next step to going global.
Thanks to support from the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Foundation, San Diego Regional EDC will award the MetroConnect Prize to a handful of companies trying to take their innovative products abroad, secure strategic partnerships, and boost international business that ultimately translates to increased economic activity in San Diego.
Read more about our Global Trade & Investment Initiative.
Companies wishing to enter a foreign market can actively seek out support by the embassy or consulate of their home country in another city. Staff members are ready to help you begin.
Another source of support and information is the bilateral chamber of commerce of your
home country. The chamber may assist your company in several ways, including
consulting services regarding market research, trade-show assistance, background
verification, preparation of market entry plans and business referral services.
Find your Embassy / Consulate or Chamber of commerce for this city.