The San Diego East County Economic Development Council (East County EDC) is a dynamic, award-winning, non-profit organization of leaders committed to fostering a healthy, vital economic climate and quality of life in the East County region. Founded in 1984, the East County EDC is an alliance of key representatives from business, industry, community, government, and education working together to promote successful business activity in the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee, and the unincorporated communities including, Alpine, Lakeside and Spring Valley. Our focus on economic growth in East County’s primary industry benefits the community at large and the entire buyer/supplier chain from the manufacturer to commercial and retail sectors. The East County EDC works with the CDC Small Business Finance Corporation and ACCION to offer local business workshops. Through the use of®, a project of East County EDC, we are able to access a high quality of database details. The Connectory® focuses on primary industry/technology companies and their buyers and suppliers of goods and services. Credit lending consultations are offered at our East County EDC office for local businesses to receive technical assistance on obtaining access to credit for equipment, tools, and materials.

The Mission

It is the mission of the East County EDC to foster economic prosperity and enhance the quality of life in San Diego’s East County. As a public-private partnership, East County EDC accomplishes its mission through a variety of different programs and projects. All of the following serve to:

  • Retain and enhance primary employment in the East County
  • Stimulate investment in the region
  • Facilitate open dialogue among the area’s business, government, and education leaders
  • Foster greater regional cooperation and planning to benefit the entire East County
Workforce Partnership