San Diego is trying to give businesses a warm and fuzzy feeling about coming to and staying in town.
On top of government efforts like subsidies and tax cuts, there are many private efforts to cultivate the business climate in San Diego.
There’s myriad organizations, councils and industry associations throughout San Diego that try to foster a good atmosphere for businesses. As we delve into the business climate in San Diego, these organizations make many appearances in their advocacy roles.
There’s a lot of overlap in the personnel of these organizations – the CEO of one organization most likely sits on the board of directors of another. There’s also overlap in each group’s missions – both CONNECT and CommNexus, for example, work to build up the high-tech community through networking and services that incubate startups by providing access to capital and mentorship.
Here is a look at the groups trying to cultivate business in San Diego, and a few of the key differences between them.
These are the main economic powerhouses among San Diego’s business cultivators. They’ve made major contributions to San Diego’s economy for decades, and have worked to bring together, develop and support thousands of companies in San Diego.
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I would certainly appreciate a diagram of the industries within the San Diego Region (including Northern Baja, Imperial, Riverside and Orange County) and the organizations that operate within each industry. As pointed out in this article, there are overlaps by virtue of Executive Officers sitting on each other's Boards by reason of their position. That can lead to positive or negative outcomes, depending upon the breadth of experience that they have within the Region and across industries.
Not surprised to read that Joe Panetta of Biocomm welcomed Rick Perry to San Diego. Joe is well-known as a shill for the Republican Party rather than an advocate for the San Diego biotech community.