South Bay business leaders unveil 5-year plan to create thousands of jobs

SCEDC plan could generate millions of dollars

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - It is an ambitious plan to generate thousands of jobs and bring in millions of dollars. The South County Economic Development Council unveiled its Five-Year Economic Development Strategy on Tuesday.

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"The vision plan is actually an action plan that South County EDC is going to embark on," said SCEDC Executive Director Cindy Gompper-Graves.

The study, which took about a year to complete, is the result of thousands of interviews with community members and business leaders as well as months of research into the South Bay's strengths.

"It gives us the specific industries, as well as specific actions we can take to bring more jobs to South County," said Gompper-Graves.

She is hoping for thousands of jobs in six core areas that are already strong in the South Bay including aerospace, manufacturing, health care, food, maritime and tourism.

"We have an opportunity to capture our international location and focus on international companies," said Gompper-Graves, citing a revamped Brown Field, a new bi-national airport terminal and a new port of entry east of Otay Mesa.

"South County needs more jobs, more opportunities for Class A office buildings and people to work closer to where they live," said McMillin Vice President Nathan Cadieux. 

McMillin is currently constructing the multi-billion dollar Millenia project in Chula Vista. It will consist of thousands of homes and hundreds of thousands of square feet for commercial uses.

"These are the steps that we need to be taking and there's only going to be positive results that come out of it," said Cadieux.

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