This is second part of a series of questions about San Diego’s economy we’re asking economic leaders who will be a part of the 2010 Workforce Summit. Part one, posted yesterday, asked the question, “What have we been doing wrong?“
The second question:
Where does San Diego differ — or where can it differ — from the rest of California or from the rest of the United States? What strengths or weaknesses are particular to us?
Mark Cafferty, president and chief executive officer, San Diego Workforce Partnership:
In terms of our economy and our work force, San Diego differs from the rest of the state and country in many ways. Some aspects of our economy exploit our strengths, while other aspects present challenges that must be addressed. In the areas of job training and workforce development, I still feel that the strengths outweigh the weaknesses.
San Diego has a diverse base of industry clusters. Unlike other regions, our economy is not driven by any one company or sector. San Diego is also home to one of the nation’s most highly educated populations, with a large number of colleges and universities spread across the county to train and retrain our workforce. These characteristics would seem to highlight strong economic conditions.