With breakthrough technology companies and research organizations, a large population of military personnel and a strong tourism industry, the 78 Corridor has one of the most diverse, dynamic economies in the country.
The life sciences industry is a major driver of the innovation economy in the San Diego region. The 78 Corridor is home to more than 248 life sciences-related companies.
The educational system on the 78 Corridor boasts an increasingly impressive selection of institutions that are conducting valuable research, fostering a new generation of distinguished talent and contributing to San Diego’s overall regional competitiveness.
Specialty Food & Microbreweries
The 78 Corridor takes its beer seriously (in a laid-back sort of way), with more than 50 craft breweries, wineries and distilleries throughout the Corridor.
Information & Communications Technology
Innovation in North County is driven both by the region’s globally recognized market for technology and by local businesses who can be found pushing the envelope in their respective industries.
Manufacturing has a long history in North County San Diego, positioning the region as a key leader in the production of high-tech goods and services, including biomedical devices, telecommunications equipment and defense-related products.
San Diego’s medical device ecosystem has rapidly expanded with hybritech, with products and technologies spanning a wide range of applications including diagnostics, sleep aids, glucose monitors, and spinal implants, to name a few.
Sports and Active Lifestyle
The sports and active lifestyles industry is rapidly becoming recognized as a major driver of the 78 Corridor’s regional economy. San Diego County’s sports and active lifestyle industry is the second largest in the U.S.
The firms included in this cluster specialize in energy efficiency industrial products and semiconductor manufacturing, research, and development, testing, and as well as design, environmental, and technical consulting services.