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CCRL California Center for Regional Leadership
Connecting California's Regions to the State and Each Other

200 Pine St., Ste. 400
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone (415) 445-8975
Fax (415) 445-8974

The California Regional Network

San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation


San Diego Regional Economic Development CorporationIn addition to providing regional marketing and direct services to growing companies, the focal points for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation are competitiveness and quality of life issues. The collaborative recently received high honors from the U.S. Department of Commerce, as the winner of the 2003 Excellence in Economic Development Award for enhancing regional competitiveness.

Region Served: San Diego County and the cities of Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista.

Population: There are 2,862,819 people in San Diego County, 1,255,700 in City of San Diego. San Diego is the seventh largest city in the U.S.

Size of Region: 4,261 square miles

Strategic Partners: San Diego Regional EDC is a private, nonprofit corporation funded by the City of San Diego, County of San Diego, San Diego Unified Port District, City of Chula Vista, other cities in the region, along with more than 200 private sector companies.

Established: 1965


In addition to its core services of regional marketing and economic development, the San Diego Regional EDC is practicing a new model of economic development by tackling barriers to quality economic growth at the root. Through proactive consultation with business leaders, the collaborative is aware that if the region cannot provide good schools, manageable commutes, reasonably priced housing, and an overall inviting quality of life, companies will look elsewhere to invest.

EDC conducts primary research, such as Where the Tech Workforce Lives, which documented the distance between the residence and workplace of the region's technology workforce. The study determined areas of the County benefiting from the growth of the tech industry and will help inform future development. The San Diego Book of Facts, compiled by the collaborative, details significant statistical information about San Diego in a web-based resource that can be utilized by the public. EDC also publishes a Public Policy Agenda, outlining the organization's positions and strategies around issues, legislation and/or government action, that impact the San Diego region's ability to grow and prosper.

Some major ongoing projects of the EDC include:

  • Workforce/Education Initiative: Creates stakeholder partnerships to mobilize business and community involvement, to support regional education and training
  • systems ensuring the development of a highly skilled workforce
  • Transportation Initiative: Stakeholders support efforts to increase regional mobility on streets, highways, and mass transit and increase the passenger and air cargo capacity of the region
  • Housing and Land Use Initiative: Stakeholders support projects and policies that increase the supply of affordable housing for families earning the region's median wage, as well as projects and policies that maximize the efficient use of land for employment, housing needs and open space, and to enhance air and water quality