City adopts plan to promote middle-class jobs

City adopts plan to promote middle-class jobs

SAN DIEGO — The City Council Tuesday unanimously adopted an updated San Diego economic development strategy that’s been a decade in the making.

The plan’s goals are to expand the city’s base industries like innovation and manufacturing, international trade and logistics, defense and tourism; focus assistance on emerging businesses in clean-tech, energy efficiency, and food and beverage; increase middle-class jobs; and favoring locally based businesses over chains.

sd-moneyThe strategy, which will be in effect through 2016, seeks to take advantage of a highly skilled labor force, pleasant climate and unique proximity to Mexico and the Pacific Rim to provide competitive advantages. Those assets can retain established businesses and attract ones considering investments in San Diego, according to the proposal.

“By adopting this strategy today, we’re committing to make San Diego more business-friendly and, in turn, deliver more middle-class jobs to increase this region’s economic stability,” said Councilman Sherri Lightner, who…

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