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 Mayor of Imperial Beach
When: September 21 at 4PM  Via Zoom

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 SCEDC Candidate Forum Series

Sessions Dates: Every Wednesday from September - October
When: Every Wednesday at 4PM via Zoom

Meet your Candidates

This digital series will provide you with an opportunity to hear from and have a dialog with those looking to fill important roles throughout the region. Our series will kick off on September 14th and run through October. Sessions will take place on zoom at 4 PM each Wednesday during this period.  

The South County Economic Development Council is a non partisan organization and does not support or endorse candidates. This series is designed to foster a conversation about important issues in our communities. Helping connect our communities, residents, and businesses with community leaders is at the very core of what we do.  

We hope you will be able to join us for this very important series of discussions.

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Community News and Developments

SDSU to move its TV and film program to Chula Vista in historic expansion to South County

A conceptual drawing of the Cinematic Arts Academic Center & Library (Courtesy of city of Chula Vista and Chestnut Properties)

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Thursday marks the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors come from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The 2022 theme, Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation, reinforces the need to ensure diverse voices and perspectives are welcomed in decision-making processes, thereby helping to build stronger communities and a stronger nation.

The Water Authority also recognizes the importance of including diverse voices and perspectives in our work as a regional business partner and employer. The knowledge, skills, and dedication of the Water Authority’s diverse workforce sustains the San Diego region’s large-scale water delivery system that supports our $240 billion economy and our incredible quality of life. I’m certain I am not alone in recognizing that employees are every business’s greatest asset – and that the work to ensure employees feel seen, welcomed, and valued is more important than ever.

One way we are advancing this work is through greater attention to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). I’m proud to say the Water Authority just released its first DEIB report. The goal in publishing this report is to hold ourselves accountable to our stakeholders – internal and external – for building a workplace that embraces DEIB for employees, customers, business partners, and the region, and developing actionable strategies to improve where needed.  By analyzing data from the past two years, we are working to identify areas of opportunity and “blind spots” that reduce employee engagement, impede innovation, and increase workplace stress.

Our collective actions in this area can create significant benefits, both for individual organizations and the larger economy. A recent report by the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank found that if workplace racial and gender inequities were eliminated, we could create an extra $2.6 trillion in value, nearly 14% of GDP, in just one year.

I invite all leaders to join me in expanding DEIB efforts, so that collectively we can help San Diego County continue to thrive. As always, if you have ideas about how to improve diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, I’d love to hear from you.

Sandra L. Kerl
General Manager
San Diego County Water Authority


Businesses can be rewarded $50 dollars each thermostat!  

Saving energy and getting paid is easy with SDG&E’s Smart Thermostat program. By enrolling, you help make a positive difference when energy demand is highest and keep the power flowing to all Californians. Plus, your business can be rewarded $50 for each registered thermostat.

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South County EDC Now Offers Business Recovery Loans and Grants

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Chula Vista 
Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund

Covid funding assisstance from city of chula vista

Are You Looking for COVID-19 Funding Assistance for Your Small Business or Nonprofit in the City of Chula Vista?

The City of Chula Vista in partnership with the San Diego Foundation is pleased to provide the Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund. The City of Chula Vista, thanks to funding from the American Rescue Plan of the Federal Government and local funding from the San Diego Foundation, is pleased to offer grants for City of Chula Vista small businesses and nonprofits.

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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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California Competes Tax Credit and Grant Program 

grow your business With a california grant

The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) and Grant Program (CCGP) are available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California.

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South County EDC Intelligent Mapping

Get demographic data describing population, income, transportation, education, employment, home value and more.

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You are Invited to our
 Open House! 

We look forward to seeing you at our Members Open House on September 21st at 11:30am - 1PM at the SCEDC Offices.

This event is FREE to attend and a way for members and prospective members to spend time together. With all the amazing happenings in South County our members continue to collaborate and enhance the communities we serve. The South County EDC office is a place for convening thought and communities, so we hope you can stop by. There will be an informal lunch served while you have time to interact with other members.

Where: 780 Bay Blvd #204, Chula Vista, CA 91910

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