Get in the know - October 6th, 2023


South County EDC Manufacturing 
Month Celebration - October 

Each year, Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) is held on the first Friday in October NATIONWIDE in order to show students, parents, and the public what modern manufacturing is all about.  South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) celebrates the entire month of October by showcasing interviews of South County manufacturers.

Together with our South County Cities, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), the National Association of Manufacturers, The Manufacturing Institute, MEP Centers, federal agency partners, and our SCEDC members; the Manufacturing USA network celebrates the manufacturers who make the products in our own backyard, strengthen our regional economy, and provide countless opportunities for our communities and workforce.

Stay involved and let's celebrate our manufacturing power! #MFGDay23

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Good afternoon, San Diego County leaders.

For just a moment, think about what it takes to turn a few drops of seawater into your favorite microbrew. It takes innovative technology, infrastructure, and engineering. It requires time, energy, and money. But the key to all of this – the most important factor in that extraordinary process – is people.

The second week in October is Water Professionals Appreciation Week, a time for us to recognize the important role of water industry professionals in ensuring a safe and reliable water supply in California. This is always one of my favorite weeks of the year, because the great people I work with every day get the recognition they so deserve.

It’s easy to take for granted the luxury of being able to turn on the tap at any hour of the day or night and have access to clean, fresh water. We’ve worked so hard to create a reliable water supply for our region that we can forget about what’s happening behind the scenes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

So let’s revisit that seawater to microbrew example. And let’s follow those drops of water from the Pacific Ocean to your pint glass. The team of people making that happen is truly our greatest asset, from the engineers who developed the technology and infrastructure required for making seawater drinkable to the maintenance workers who keep the infrastructure in good working order. Then, there are the financial experts who ensure fiscal viability for water agencies, along with the human resources professionals and information technology specialists who keep us functioning each and every day. And the list goes on.

Every one of these water industry professionals is critical to the health, vitality, and growth of our communities; in fact, it’s hard to believe that the Water Authority only has about 250 employees to support a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Our staff is especially critical in this hotter and drier climate characterized by extreme weather. It’s never been more important to amplify the often-invisible role our workers play in making sure our region continues to thrive.

This year’s theme for Water Professionals Appreciation Week is “Show water professionals some love.” So next time you’re enjoying your favorite microbrew or morning coffee, or even just washing your hands, I encourage you to offer some gratitude to the dedicated professionals working every day to deliver our most precious resource to our homes and businesses.

Dan Denham
General Manager
San Diego County Water Authority



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Chula Vista Mayor John McCann first State of the City address. 


Chula Vista Mayor John McCann's first State of the City address

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Chula Vista Mayor John McCann held his first State of the City address Tuesday evening. He focused on what the city has accomplished over the past year, big projects in the works, and key issues they're working to overcome. 

Author: Jasmine Ramirez from CBS8

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South County EDC Business Survey Project.

Interview With Jim O'Callaghan President and CEO of South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) on the new Business Outreach Program.

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South County EDC President and CEO Jim O'Callaghan interview with XEWT
Channel 12 Televisa.  


South Bay Leaders Celebrate Sweetwater Park Groundbreaking

The Port of San Diego and the City of Chula Vista along with other project partners, South Bay stakeholders, and community members today celebrated the start of construction on Sweetwater Park. The Port and City held a groundbreaking celebration at the project site near E Street and Bay Boulevard adjacent to the Living Coast Discovery Center and Sun Outdoors San Diego Bay RV resort.

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Pictured from left to right: State Senator Steve Padilla, San Diego County Chairwoman Nora Vargas, Chula Vista Mayor John McCann, Port Commissioner Ann Moore, Port Chairman Rafael Castellanos, Assemblymember David Alvarez.


Disaster relief from huricane hilary

he Small Business Administration (SBA) will be opening a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) in San Diego to assist with impacts sustained by Tropical Storm Hilary.

The DLOC will be hosted at the San Diego County Library – Bonita – Sunnyside Branch (4375 Bonita Rd, Bonita, CA 91902). The DLOC will be open from Monday, October 2 through Friday, October 13 through close of business. Operational hours of the site will be:Monday, Oct. 2 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Closed on Indigenous People’s Day, Monday, October 9)

Tuesdays 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fridays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday/Sunday: Closed

SBA will have two loan officers on site to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan programs, explain the application process, and help individuals complete their loan application.

Potential SBA loans of up to $2 million could be used by businesses to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. Potential loans of up to $500,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are also potentially eligible for up to $100,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property, including personal vehicles. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Below are the links for a Fact Sheet and DLOC flyer produced by SBA for this event. 

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Gaylord Pacific Resort Construction Progress October 2, 2023.

Aerial Video of Construction progress on the Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center located at the bay front in Chula Vista, CA.

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SCEDC Board of Directors Recap

At the recent Board of Directors Meeting hosted by  PSAR  on October 3rd, 2023, two presenters shared their insights with the attendees. Chris Holder, the Executive Vice President of Colliers, and Michelle Brega, the Senior Director of External Relations at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, delivered informative and engaging presentations.

You can download their presentations and check out the meeting agenda by clicking on the links provided. 

We appreciate the participation of all attendees and look forward to future productive board meeting. 
For a copy of Agenda please  Click Here.

Chris holder presentation Michelle Brega Presentation

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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 to our Assistant Director, Efrain Ibarra at efrain@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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South County EDC is Looking for Volunteers! 

South County EDC is seeking volunteers for our Business Outreach program, which involves conducting surveys of businesses in the San Diego area.

We are looking for dedicated individuals who can take a few hours to help us gather valuable insights from local businesses. As a volunteer, you will play a crucial role in collecting data that will inform our strategies and initiatives to support the business community in South County.

Your participation will be greatly appreciated and will have a meaningful impact on the development of our region. If you are interested in making a difference and contributing to the growth of our community, please fill out the form on the right.

See What's Coming Up!

Binational Committee 

October 18th, 2024

South county edc 
 Board Retreat  

October 19th, 2024

Membership and Marketing Meeting

October 20th, 2024

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