Last year, the San Diego Economic Development Corporation (EDC) unveiled a new chapter in the region’s identity with a campaign that highlights the life changing influence of being a San Diego resident. As one of the most well-endowed regions in the United States, if not the world, the metro has seen smart, well-planned economic development in the last decade. As a result, unemployment is at an historical low, housing rates continue to inch higher, and venture capital funds (over $590 million Q2 of 2018, according to EDC) are the highest they have been in recent history. Part of the CaliBaja region, a globally unique bi-national territory, San Diego offers one of the world’s most competitive and innovative business environments by leveraging complementary resources and capabilities of its surrounding neighbors.
Now as we move from planned development to economic growth, San Diego is an ideal place for foreign investment at an ideal point in time. We, at the San Diego EB-5 Regional Center (SDEB5RC), have been awarded a contract by the City of San Diego to help drive foreign direct investment (FDI) by identifying high-return and strong job-creating projects, facilitating effective public-private partnerships, and managing the EB-5 Investor Visa process for overseas investors . As a team of foreign investment and US-based immigration professionals, our mission is to encourage, source and place capital into unique projects in high-impact sectors and within high unemployment neighborhoods for job creation purposes and overall economic growth. These are areas where real job creation and new development is critical.
To that end, the SDEB5RC and the San Diego Association of Realtors (SDAR) have joined together to host the first San Diego Global Investment Forum on September 19-20th. Along with support and representation from the City of San Diego, County of Riverside and Tijuana EDC and sponsors like CBRE, Sempra Energy/SDGE, we look forward to providing a global platform for specific investment opportunities across established and emerging regional industries such as: infrastructure development, residential and affordable housing plans, blue and clean-tech research, IoT implementation, health and life science manufacturing among others. Read more about CEO Matt Belcher’s take on the region’s global growth, published in the Times of San Diego.
We will not only highlight opportunities in San Diego, but also our economic connections to other global regions. According to the World Trade Center San Diego, whose mission it is to further San Diego’s global trade and investment engagement, advanced industries (technology and innovation) have the largest share of the region’s FDI and exports. Western Europe and East Asia, especially Japan and the U.K., are both top sources of FDI and top destinations for exports from San Diego. Tokyo, London, Paris, Cambridge, Stockholm, Seoul, Vancouver, Toronto, Tijuana and Munich are the leading economic partners for the San Diego region, and we hope to open that door even wider for economic engagement with other countries. (WTC)
Our belief is that when you invest in San Diego, you are also investing in global opportunities. And when San Diego grows, its residents, neighbors, governments, business owners and global partners benefit.
Come see us at the Investment Forum this week or contact us for more information or to answer any of your EB-5 visa questions.