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Rapid Response

Rapid Response

In the face of downsizing or impending job losses, Rapid Response services are a free resource to prepare affected employees for the coming transition to a new job. The services include financial guidance as well as educational resources intended to facilitate a quick career transition.

Rapid Response presentations are run by the EDC as well as partners from the Regional One-Stop Career Centers who provide additional resources to aid affected employees through a career transition. Training includes workshops on resume writing and interview skills as well as educational options to attain a new skill set.

Additionally, John Stokes Financial attends to provide information and guidance about retirement benefit rollovers, Healthcare coverage/COBRA options as well as general financial advice to ease the career transition.

Representatives from the Employment Development Department attend to go over in detail how the employees can file for unemployment.

The program is intended to educate workers as to the options ahead of them and the process they can expect to go through in finding new employment.

Funding for Rapid Response comes through the Workforce Investment Act and as such, there is no cost to the company. It is a great way for the company to show continued support for employees even in times of financial difficulty.

To engage a Rapid Response at an affected local business, contact San Diego North Economic Development Council at 760-510-3179.


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Wellness Center

North San Diego County faces a fundamental question about its future, how do historically separate communities come together to plan and support the development of a healthy, vibrant regional economy. The process to create this regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) was a critical element in continuing this discussion and developing an initial road map for regional economic development. This CEDS process brought together the region’s key private sector employers and regional policy makers to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the regional economy, identify priorities for the future, and develop strategies for meeting and tracking those regional economic priorities. While this CEDS is not meant to be the final word in North San Diego County’s regional economic development efforts it does represent an important breakthrough in bringing together the region’s critical voices from industry, education, infrastructure and local and regional government.

Through the CEDS process, stakeholders from all three taskforces – industry, education and infrastructure – identified priorities for regional economic development that were created into regional themes and objectives. These themes and objectives were built upon the ideas and vision voiced by the CEDS participants and grounded in the regional strengths and weaknesses that were identified earlier in the CEDS process. These themes and objectives include:

  • Develop a strong regional identity that communicates North County as a place where “You can do business here!” driven by the industries, educational system, infrastructure and quality of life that define North County.
  • Improve and expand regional connectivity and collaboration between industry, education providers, and local government to better support current employers, attract and grow new businesses, and create a more demand driven regional education and training system.
  • Identify and communicate the resources, programs, and best practices that already exist within North County and look to expand those resources, programs, and best practices across the entire region.
  • Provide current information and analysis on regional economic indicators to inform effective decision making for employers, educators, and regional decision makers.

Key Industry Clusters


Innovation and Specialized Manufacturing consists of industries involved in the research, design, testing, development and manufacturing of higher value-added products including biomedical devices, pharmaceuticals, clean technologies, information technologies, sports and recreation equipment, and products for the defense and communications industry. From a traditional industry classification perspective this includes those firms that are manufacturing products as well as those firms that are involved in the research, design, and testing of new and innovative products.


Connected Tourism and Agriculture is comprised of industries directly or indirectly focused on serving tourist as well as the production and service of food and beverages that bring visitors to North San Diego County. This includes a wide variety of businesses, such as hotels, restaurants, breweries, wineries, casinos, and recreational and entertainment resources (e.g., golf, Legoland, Safari Park).


Biomedical Devices and Products: This cluster includes both the biomedical devices manufacturers (including optical instruments, surgical and medical instruments, and dental equipment) as well as related research services and testing laboratories. In 2010, countywide employment for this cluster was 12,012 with average annual pay per worker at $65,300.


Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals: This cluster includes those firms that are producing pharmaceuticals and related  biological products as well as related research services and testing laboratories. In 2010, countywide employment for this cluster was 22,636 with average annual pay per worker at $107,000.


Cleantech: This cluster includes manufacturers, testing laboratories, and research services that support the development of current and new renewable energy and energy efficiency products and services. In 2010, countywide employment for this cluster was 7,986 with average annual pay per worker at $87,400


Information, Communications, and Technologies (ICT): This broad technology cluster includes those firms designing and manufacturing information technology products (including semiconductors, software, computers, and related products) as well as related research and engineering services and testing laboratories. In 2010, countywide employment for this cluster was 72,043 with average annual pay per worker at $94,400.


Education: North County is home to a strong education industry cluster including: California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), MiraCosta College, Palomar College and National University.