Get in the Know April 21 , 2023

Register for the
Elected Officials Reception

Following the SCEDC Economic Summit Event.

* Attendees of the SCEDC Economic Summit Do Not Need To Register

When: April 28th, 2023 at UCSD Park and Market 
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30PM

Join us for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to interact and cultivate meaningful relationships with the elected officials  who serve our communities. This event provides a platform for engaging in constructive dialogues, building connections, and fostering collaborative efforts to drive positive change and strengthen our communities for  a better future.  Elected Officials Reception will be after the Economic Summit starting at 3PM - 4:30PM 

South County EDC Economic Summit - SOLD OUT

Thank You to All Who Registered and Thank You to all our Sponsors!

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The San Diego Union Tribune Interviews Jim O'Callaghan President and CEO of SCEDC. 

Hear from Jim O’Callaghan about the South County Economic Development Council’s Economic Summit that will feature discussions on crucial topics such as the binational region, infrastructure and resources, workforce strategies and regional development. 

The Economic Summit will be held on April 28 and provide valuable insights into the future of these areas and their impact on economic growth and sustainability of the region. 

Visit San Diego Union Tribune for a full video here.

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South County EDC Joins San Diego Regional Chamber’s Delegation to Washington D.C.

The South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) is committed to promoting growth and development in the South San Diego region. With this in mind we were glad to join the San Diego Regional Chamber’s Delegation to Washington DC, 
this past week.

Represented by President and CEO Jim O'Callaghan and Board Chair Patricia Alvarez, the SCEDC spent three days in the nation's capital, taking part in discussions with the State Department and other key stakeholders about important issues facing the region.

One of the primary topics on the agenda was the Tijuana River Clean-up, an ongoing effort to address pollution in the river and its impact on the surrounding environment. Through the delegation we were able to share perspectives on the issue, and work with other members of the delegation in asking for continued investment and support from our Federal Government.

Another key focus of the trip was infrastructure, with discussions centered on installations and equipment for zero emissions fleets and increased investment for our border crossings. The SCEDC was able to learn about the latest developments in these areas, and share their own insights.

But perhaps the most valuable part of the trip was the opportunity to meet with congressional and senate leadership to discuss key funding and development opportunities for the region. The SCEDC was able to make their case for why the San Diego region deserved investment and support, and to build relationships that could help drive progress in the future.

Throughout the trip, the SCEDC was grateful for the leadership of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce in coordinating a tremendous program with high-level attendees and invaluable access to our nation's leaders. We are proud to have been part of such an illustrious and committed group focused on the stability and health of San Diego.



Port of San Diego Approves Construction Contract for New Sweetwater Park on Chula Vista Bayfront

The extraordinary transformation of the Chula Vista waterfront on San Diego Bay continues. The Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners has approved a construction contract for a brand new bayfront public amenity, the future Sweetwater Park. To be built just north of the Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center where construction is underway, Sweetwater Park is envisioned as a natural habitat-oriented recreational open space to showcase the unique natural wildlife assets of San Diego Bay, encouraging passive activities to complement the adjacent Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Features will include:

* Meadows and specialty gardens with native plants, shrubs and ground cover, some serving as ecological buffer/mitigation areas to protect sensitive wildlife habitats
* Mounded grasslands
* Nature playgrounds
* Various seating and picnic areas
* Pedestrian and bicycle paths, some paved and others with softer surfaces
* Sand dunes
* Overlooks for bayfront viewing
* Public art
* Public restroom facility
* 216 parking spaces
Associated infrastructure and utilities including drainage improvements, site water, sewer, and electrical utilities and service connections to public utilities, an environmental fence, a dumpster enclosure, and a growing grounds/maintenance structure
“Sweetwater Park will connect us to some of the best of nature along San Diego Bay, allowing us to experience and appreciate it while also protecting our precious wildlife habitat and coastal resources,” said Commissioner Ann Moore, Chula Vista’s appointee to the Board of Port Commissioners. “It’s really going to be unlike any other park we have on our bayfront and will give the public access to an area they’ve never been able to touch before.”

For more information or to sign up for updates, visit portofsandiego.org/chulavistabayfront.

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Port of San Diego Advances Proposed Maritime Museum Redevelopment Plan to Environmental Review

The Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners has voted to advance a redevelopment project proposed by the Maritime Museum Association of San Diego (Maritime Museum) to the environmental review phase.

The Maritime Museum is seeking to redevelop its entire premises on the North Embarcadero with new facilities housed in a two-story, approximately 14,000-square-foot structure with plans to include galleries, an educational theater, a café for ticketholders and the public, a museum store, public access terraces, a dock and dine for recreational boaters, administrative offices, and back-of-house functions.

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Job Fair Hosted for Justice-Involved People Seeking Employment for Reentry

As part of National Second Chance Month, more than 200 people, many of whom had been previously incarcerated and are now looking for a fair chance to be part of the workforce, attended an employer seminar and job fair.

The free event, hosted by the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) and the San Diego County Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement (OLSE), was held downtown last Thursday, April 13 and included 20 booths for companies like CVS, Amazon, Western Towing and Goodwill Industries, along with companies who encourage sustainable practices. 

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Now  Hiring! Open Position for Communication Manager 

The City of Chula Vista has an open position for a Communications Manager. Salary range for this position is approx. 10K - 12K Monthly.  

If you know of someone who might be interested please see the link below.

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Caltrans to Transform I-805/Palm Avenue Bridge with $24 Million Federal Bridge Investment Grant

The project includes Bridge Rehabilitation and Seismic Retrofit, Safety Enhancements, and Accessibility Advancements

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced awarding $24 million in federal Bridge Investment Program funds to the City of San Diego for improvements to the Palm Avenue/Interstate 805 (I-805) bridge in the Otay Mesa/Nestor region. Caltrans District 11 will work in partnership with the City to oversee the construction and delivery of the project.

The grant was announced during a visit to San Diego by the Federal Highways Administration’s Deputy Administrator Andrew Rogers on Thursday, April 13. 

As part of the project, the bridge will be seismically retrofitted and widened for left turn pockets to improve safety and operations of the area, as well as provide multi-modal benefits such as bus stop landings for future transit service, and bike and pedestrian enhancements which will provide improved access to local amenities to fortify regional connectivity for job growth.

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Community Building Roundtable Sign Up 

The City of Chula Vista is building a roadmap that enriches community experiences by promoting our diversity. Our vision is to continue to cultivate a city where everyone feels connected, embraced and respected. An important part of this process is engaging with the community. To facilitate this, the City hosted six community focus group sessions in fall 2022. For additional engagement in 2023, the City is hosting four Community Building Roundtables in April.

Chula Vista residents of all ages and backgrounds are invited to attend the Community Building Roundtables. The first three sessions will be held in English with Spanish translation available. The fourth session will be held in Spanish with English translation. To help the facilitators prepare and accommodate a variety of needs, a RSVP is requested, but not required.

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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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South County EDC is looking for Volunteers for the Next Business Outreach!

National City Business Outreach

National City Business Outreach:  South County EDC in partnership with the City of National City conducted the business outreach efforts in the month of March on the business corridor of East Plaza Blvd.  The intent of our business outreach program is to provide business assistance, assist the south county cities with canvassing specific areas, and to capture data that would help us learn more about the economic environment in the targeted areas.  The business outreach in National City will conclude by the end of this fiscal year, in the month of June 2023.  We would like to thank all volunteers that joined us in the month of March:  Tanya Castaneda from PRM Consulting Inc, Willie Armas from SCEDC Board and U.S. Bank, Mario Espinosa from U.S. Bank, Vic Bianes from SCEDC Board and Golden Realty Group, and SCEDC staff.

* If you are interested in volunteering for the next one please fill out the form below and we will get back to as soon as possible.

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Join a Committee

The South County EDC Committees are focused on long term economic growth and development in the South County Region of San Diego. Joining a committee is a great way to get involved in the decision making that supports our bi national communities and to make our region the most desirable location to live, work and dream.

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Membership and marketing  committee  

April 21, 2023
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SCEDC Economic Summit 

April 28, 2023
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Elected Officials Reception  

April 28h, 2023
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