Get in the know - January 16th, 2024

Thank You for Attending!

The South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) extends its gratitude to all attendees of our Board of Directors Meeting New Year Celebration at Sammy's held on Jan 11th at Seven Mile Casino in Chula Vista.  

We sincerely thank Kim Frink, Board President of SunCoast Market Co-op, and Jovita Arellano, Coordinator of Chula Vista Community Collaborative, for their engaging and informative presentations.

We also extend a special thank you to the South County Elected Officials, including Mayor John McCann of the City of Chula Vista, Mayor Paloma Aguirre of City of Imperial Beach, Mayor Ron Morrison of the City of National City, and Councilmember Carolina Chavez of the City of Chula Vista, for attending the event. 

We also express our gratitude to Sammy's at Seven Mile Casino for hosting the event.

Pictures of the event

The South County EDC is Hosting the (YEA!) Program and Seeking Sponsorships to Support Our Students! 


SCEDC Young Entrepreneurs Academy first day of class held on January 10th. 

Learn More about yea

Sponsorships Opportunities for Young
Entrepreneurs Academy  

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the inaugural class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) in South County, brought to you by the South County Economic Development Council (South County EDC). This incredible program is designed to empower high school students to turn their entrepreneurial dreams into reality by launching and owning their very first businesses.

With the help of your sponsorship you are financially investing in the success of our students. Thank You for your support!  


Program sponsor


 * Logo recognition on all marketing materials*
* Recognition in all newsletters and press releases related to the program
 * Speaking opportunity at 2024 Graduation
*  One company rep on Investor Panel 

($500 investment capital included in sponsorship)

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Gold Sponsor


* Logo recognition on all marketing materials*
* Recognition in all newsletters and press releases related to the program
* Speaking opportunity at 2024 Graduation
* One company rep on Investor Panel 

($500 investment capital included in sponsorship)

More Info


Silver Sponsor


* Logo recognition on all marketing materials*
* Recognition in all newsletters and press releases related to the program
* Speaking opportunity at 2024 Graduation
* Sponsorship of two students’ program costs

More Info


Workforce & Education Needs Assessment Report 2023

Upcoming  Scheduled Listening Sessions

Healthcare/Hospitals Listening Session
Wednesday, January 17 at 9:00am
Chula Vista City Hall, Executive Conference Room Bldg. A

Education Listening Session
Friday, January 19 at 9:00am
Southwestern College, Bldg. 64, Room L238N/S

Community Listening Session
January 25 at 6:00pm
The Hub (CV Library) at Otay Ranch Town Center

Industry (in partnership with Advancing San Diego) Listening Session
Friday, Feb. 2 at 7:30am
Location: TBD


Download 2023 Report Here

Build a Career in Manufacturing - Free Program

Level up your skills at Southwestern College and join the manufacturing workforce!

Our new short-term Manufacturing Technology Certificate provides you the foundational skills needed to succeed in a variety of entry-level, manufacturing jobs. 

Classes start February 2nd

* Just five classes to complete (less than 150 hours)

* Earn a certificate in Manufacturing Technology

* Includes OSHA 10-hour General Industry Card

* Jobs available at $30/hr


Class Schedule

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Sweetwater Authority (Authority) will hold the next meeting of its Community Advisory Work Group on January 23, 2024.

The Community Advisory Work Group offers Sweetwater Authority stakeholders a platform to actively engage in the projects and initiatives of the water agency. By participating in the work group, stakeholders help shape the future of our community’s water services and infrastructure.

The work group is open to residents, ratepayers, property owners and members of the business community in Sweetwater Authority’s service area.

Visit Sweetwater Authority

No Cost  Assistance For Manufacturing

South County EDC offers NO COST Assistance for South County Manufacturers! 
Book a Free Consultation!

The South County Economic Development Council is offering valuable assistance to local manufacturers by providing access to various resources at no cost. 

These resources include wage subsidies, workforce development programs, operational assistance, and more.


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Otay Water District Board Elects Jose Lopez as 2024 Board President

Ryan Keyes Elected as Vice President and Mark Robak as Treasurer. 

For more about Otay Water District please visit Otay Water District Website here. 

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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

The California Competes Tax Credit is Here!

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.

Learn More

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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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See What's Coming Up!


January 17th 10AM - 11AM.


January 19th, 11AM -12PM


Jan 24th, 2PM - 3PM.


To sponsor or inquire about how to get involved with the Young Entrepreneur Academy Program please fill out the form below. 

You can also contact Jim O’Callaghan at 619.424.5143 or email  jim@southcountyedc.com

SCEDC Contact info

710 E. 16th St 


National City , CA 91951

P: (619) 424-5143

Email:  SCEDC@SouthCountyEDC.com