To build a stronger North County economy though regional collaboration and leadership.
We value public and private sectors working together as community partners to sustain and strategically grow the economic base of North San Diego County.






2019 Goals + Progress:


SDNEDC will market economic development opportunities and amplify positive news about the North County economy.

In 2019, we will:

  • Directly assist at least 6 companies interested in establishing a new presence in North County
  • Grow social media
  • Facilitate at least 10 positive news artcles about the North County Economy in regional news publications or outlets


Twitter impressions

of 400,000 annual goal


SDNEDC will help existing North County employers grow by helping them solve specific business challenges.

In 2019, we will:

  • Meet with 36 existing employers
  • Engage the Broker Community
  • Launch Chairman’s CEO Dinner


meetings with existing employers

of 36 annual goal


SDNEDC will connect K-16 educators and employers through events and individual meetings to strengthen workforce programs throughout North County.

In 2019, we will:

  • Produce North County Engineering and Manufacturing Day;
  • Carry out research on “gaps” in North County’s employer-educator ecosystem;
  • Develop at least 6 research reports on in-demand occupations in North County.


companies participating in Engineering Day

of 20 annual goal


SDNEDC will conduct research and collect data on the North County industries and clusters that are driving economic prosperity. SDNEDC will also carry out economic forecasts, undertake economic impact reports, and conduct specialized research services for clients and investors.

In 2019, we will:

  • Produce at least 10 research reports and briefs
  • Release the 2019 North County Indicators Report
  • Carry out at least 4 economic impact reports


research reports

of 10 annual goal

Upcoming Events

North County Vibe 10-15-19

North County Vibe 10-15-19

REGISTER HERE! An Occasional Series Spotlighting Economic Development in North County Produced by San Diego North Economic Development Council Hosted by Sea Breeze Properties Date: October 15th, 2019 Time: 11:30 start; 12:00 program; 12:45 optional walking tours of...

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Past Events

Startup Weekend San Diego 8-23 to 8-25

Startup Weekend San Diego 8-23 to 8-25

Startup Weekend San Diego is back in Carlsbad on August 23-25! If you're not familiar, Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers and business development folks come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend. It is a great...

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Hunter Industries Food Packaging Event – 8-17-19

Hunter Industries Food Packaging Event – 8-17-19

Join the Fight Against Hunger! Hunter Industries is teaming up again with Friends and Family Community Connection (FFCC) to provide local support in the battle against world hunger. FFCC is a local non-profit organization that has a vision to eliminate starvation by...

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Doing Business with the State of California 8-7-2019

Doing Business with the State of California 8-7-2019

The Department of General Services (DGS) in partnership with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will host a State Government Procurement Workshop on "Doing Business with the State of California." This informative workshop is designed to increase...

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The Board of Directors

Mark Kalpakgian

The Classical Academies


Tory Walker

Tory R Walker Engineering


Chris Weissmann

Silvergate Bank


Sarah Villarreal

Cal State San Marcos


Brian C. Lee

Wells Fargo


Rich Freeark

C.W. Driver


Julie Wright

(W)right on Communications


Scotty Lombardi

Hunter Industries


Michael Hadland

Cox Communications


Aaron Byzak

Tri-City Medical Center


Kristin Huyck

 MiraCosta College


Karen Brust

City of Encinitas


Heather Ferrante



Dale Ganzow

San Diego Business Journal


Ed Quinlan



Chris Graham

National University


Risa Baron

SD County Water Authority


Sara Katz

Katz & Associates


Dominic Engles

Stone Brewery


Kimberly Thorner

Olivenhain MWD


Joe Gabaldon



Jill Barrett

Harrah’s Southern California


Molly Addington

Wells Fargo


Kim Folsom

LIFT Enterprises


Linda Bailey

Community Strategies Group


Julie Wright

(W)right on Communications


Madeline Baudoin

American Medical Response


Dr. Margie Fritch

Palomar Community College




Kevin Ham

City of Vista


Tess Radmill Sangster

City of San Marcos


Christie Marcella

City of Carlsbad


Michelle Geller

City of Escondido


Tracey Bohlen

City of Oceanside


Sam Jammal

US Marine Corp Base,
Camp Pendleton


Kierstin Rielly



Corrine Busta

County of San Diego,
District 3


Juanita Hayes

County of San Diego
District 5


Our Staff

W. Erik Bruvold

Chief Executive Officer

Erik is the Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego North Economic Development Council. As CEO, Erik has responsibility for all council operations, including programming, economic development services, and regional economic research and analysis.

Before accepting this position, he was the Chief Economist with the National University System and the President of the National University System Institute for Policy Research. He had responsibility for examining how academic programs throughout the system aligned with workforce needs in the communities the system services. While at National he also was head of a university-affiliated public policy and economic think tank where he oversaw the authorship of more than 100 economic and policy studies focusing on regional economic competitiveness. Topics the institute studied ranged from an examination of the impact of the supply chain of San Diego shipbuilding industry to the economic impact of QUALCOMM to an estimation of the size and economic impact of San Diego’s short-term rental industry.

Before joining the National University System, Erik was Vice President for Public Policy & Research for the San Diego Regional EDC. While at EDC he headed up the organization’s research division while also leading several specific responses to such challenges as the last round of the Defense Base Realignment and Closure process and campaign to pass a ½ cent sales tax to fund vital infrastructure improvements.

He has taught at college level courses in political science, urban economic development, urban planning and international relations. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Denver and a Masters from the University of California, San Diego. When he isn’t pouring over economic forecasts, he is enjoying biking with his two children and wife in beautiful San Diego.

Jacqueline Colarusso

Marketing & Events Coordinator

Jacqueline is the Marketing and Events Coordinator for the San Diego North Economic Development Council. Her responsibilities include managing social media and email marketing, coordinating events of all sizes, compiling research reports, and overseeing the design of the SDNEDC website and marketing collateral.

Prior to her employment with the SDNEDC, Jacqueline was a Digital Media Marketing Intern for Workspace Digital in Roselle, Illinois. She previously lived in Los Angeles for four years while obtaining a Bachelors degree in Sociology from UCLA.  Aside from studying, Jacqueline spent her time volunteering for UCLA UniCamp and working as a Supervisor and Procurement Assistant for two campus stores.

A native Iowan, Jacqueline is enjoying all the opportunities and activities sunny San Diego has to offer.

SDNEDC Investors:


When you invest in the SDNEDC, you are investing in your own economic future.
We use your resources to market the region, work directly with employers to meet their needs and connect the region’s education leaders with private sector innovators to strengthen our talent pipeline.

Access to regional leadership:

Several times through the year, SDNEDC hosts events with North County’s elected officials and key leaders in the non-profit and private sector. They are convening places for those interested in issues that transcend individual cities and  impact the broader North County. Several of these events are limited solely to investors, providing an opportunity to connect in small group settings with the people that make the key decisions about North County.

"Red Team" membership:

To assist businesses either locating to San Diego North County or expanding in our region, SDNEDC will assemble “Red Teams” compromised of public and private sector partners. While we put the interests of these “clients” first, we always first consider the expertise of our current investors when thinking about the resources that will add value.

Community spotlight:

SDNEDC’s Newsletters reach over 4,000 North County readers each week and our social media posts are seen by tens of thousands of readers each month. We promote key events that investors want to promote, amplify their news and help increase their marketing reach. We have specialized services for different industries, such as our featured commercial property messages for the commercial real estate community.

Business-friendly initiatives:

For more than 25 years SDNEDC, has been a leading voice for public policy in North County. Investors are able to bring issues to the attention of our Board of Directors. Since 2018, SDNEC has successfully advocated for changes to state law concerning tax treatment of manufacturing expenses, several new commercial and residential projects and successfully fought off several actions which would have negatively impacted the cost of doing business in North County.





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