Program Materials from Inclusive San Diego

Publication date: 
April, 2019

20,000 new skilled workers per year – that is the kind of talent pipeline San Diego needs by 2030 to be competitive and prosperous.

This goal was identified by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and its Inclusive Growth Steering Committee in an effort to promote an inclusive economic growth approach to economic development in San Diego County.

What does it mean for San Diego to grow an inclusive economy? In turn, what does “inclusive growth” demand of all us to achieve it?

As part of its study, the EDC has identified three priority goals toward building an inclusive economy for San Diego County:

  • Build a strong talent pipeline that connects our fastest growing populations with our innovation economy
  • Equip small business to compete by strengthening their ability to adapt and invest in their workforce
  • Address the affordability crisis by ensuring San Diegans can afford a safe and stable place to live and raise their families

This interactive discussion provided attendees with a solid understanding of the inclusive economy model, shared the data and findings of EDC’s effort to date, with a special emphasis on building a strong talent pipeline for the region, explored how philanthropy in San Diego is currently funding an inclusive economy and where there is room to grow. 


  • Sarah Bowles, Vice President / Program Officer, JPMorgan Chase
  • Nikia Clarke, Executive Director, World Trade Center San Diego; Vice President, Economic Development, San Diego Regional Economic Corporation
  • Eduardo Velasquez, Manager, Research, San Diego Regional Economic Corporation
  • Katie Rast, Director, Community Impact, The San Diego Foundation 
  • Edward Muna, Data Analyst, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at USC

Below you will find resources related to the program, including the presentations and JPMorgan Chase's 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report that includes more information on Advancing Cities