Get in the know - dec 22, 2023

Reflecting on 2023 and Anticipating a Bright Future for South County

Dear South County EDC Members and Partners,

As we bid farewell to an extraordinary year, I am filled with immense gratitude and excitement for what
lies ahead for the South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC). Your dedication and collaborative spirit have made 2023 truly remarkable.

Our decision to bring back the Economic Summit as an in-person program was met with overwhelming
success. The feedback on the incredible collaboration and enthusiasm generated by our local South County leaders has been heartening. This event has set the tone for the positive momentum we've experienced throughout the year.

Building on the success of our inaugural Binational Forum, we expanded the program, featuring a headline discussion with our two Consul Generals. The SCEDC has also introduced the Infrastructure Forum, a program that has already become a legacy initiative, bringing together federal, state, and local leaders to impact investment and decision-making across our region.

In an ambitious effort to effect change and support growth, our aggressive outreach program reached and assisted over 1,200 businesses this year. The launch of the $10,000 Recovery Loan Program aimed to aid local businesses in increasing staffing, expanding their operations, and addressing various needs.

As we look to 2024, the SCEDC is poised for even greater achievements in enhancing the quality of life for everyone in South County. Our team will be expanding to include a full-time Business Outreach Specialist, a new External Affairs Program, and a Member Services Coordinator. The launch of the Young Entrepreneurs Program will provide increased pathways for local students to thrive and remain in our community through business ownership.

Furthermore, we are excited to announce the first-ever Workforce and Education Forum, where we will focus on broadening the relationships between businesses, educators, and employees. Later in the year, in partnership with Customs and Border Protection, we will conduct a new Arrival Intercept Survey to statistically inform decision-making.

I want to express my sincere thanks to each of you for investing in the bright future of South County. Your commitment has been instrumental in maximizing our decade of renaissance, and I am confident that together, we will continue to achieve great things. Wishing you all a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

Warm regards,
Jim O'Callaghan President and CEO , South County Economic Development Council


You Are Invited! Save The Date!

SCEDC Board of Directors Meeting New Year Kick Off Celebration

Where: Sammy’s at Seven Mile Casino
When: January 11th, 2024
Time: 4PM - 7PM 

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Sponsorships Opportunities are Available!

The South County EDC is Hosting the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)    

With the help of your sponsorship you are financially investing in the success of our students.

 This is an Exciting Opportunity for High School Students in South County!   YEA! is a groundbreaking program that empowers students to transform their business ideas into reality.  Over the course of a year, students in grades 9-12 will learn how to conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to investors, and even launch their very own companies! 

We believe that you have incredible potential and the drive to succeed. That's why we want to hear from YOU!  If you or know of someone who might be interested in joining the YEA! program or know a high school student who would be a perfect fit, don't hesitate to reach out to us. 

Contact us at 
Alejandra@southcountyedc.com  and let us know that you're ready to embark on this incredible entrepreneurial journey!  

 Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to become a confident entrepreneur. Sign up today!

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South County EDC Economic Summit 2024 

Save the Date! Friday, April 26th at Balboa Park Club      

2023 Economic Summit Recap Video Courtesy of Energy Media

Economic Summit Sponsorship Opportunities.  

Join us on April 26th, 2024, at the Balboa Park Club for a transformative experience at the South County Economic Development Council's Annual Economic Summit.  This year, we celebrate the remarkable renaissance of South County, showcasing the unprecedented investment pouring into our region. 

As the epicenter of growth and opportunity, South County is poised to emerge as a regional leader. Engage in crucial conversations, explore avenues for maximizing potential, and be part of shaping the future. 
Don't miss this chance to play a pivotal role in the dynamic evolution of South County's economic landscape.

Sponsorship opportunites



SDCCD Chancellor Announcement

Following a national search, the Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the selection of Gregory Smith as the next chancellor of the San Diego Community College District.

Chancellor-Designate Smith, who has served as acting chancellor since March, has extensive executive-level experience, as well as strong familiarity with the challenges facing California’s community colleges. The Board of Trustees sincerely appreciates all who participated in the search process, which included input from District stakeholders and the community.

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Get Ready! The California Competes Tax Credit is Coming!

The next application period for the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) program is opening on January 2, 2024 and will close on January 22, 2024.

The CCTC is a tax credit program, run by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), that grants tax credits to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in the state.

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SCEDC Business Assistance  

The South County EDC's Business Outreach team extends the invitation to its board of directors and members to volunteer in our canvassing efforts.  This is a great opportunity to learn more on how we assist our South County business community.

 To sign up please send an email  SCEDC@southcountyedc.com.

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SCEDC Business
Recovery Loan

SCEDc is now offering $10,000 recovery loan

Do you have a Small Business in need of a loan?
 Are you looking to acquire new equipment or
adding employees?

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SCEDC Closed for the Holidays

Closed December 25th to January 2nd.


January 10th, 4PM.

SCEDC Board of DIRECTORS Meeting 

Jan 11th, 2024 at 4PM - 7PM.