Defense Innovation Voucher Program

Creating a robust, diversified and resilient defense industrial base.
Are you a defense contractor based in San Diego County who is pursuing new commercial markets or looking to diversify your government contracts?

Then we encourage you to apply for the Defense Innovation Voucher Program (DIV) as part of the Propel San Diego grant initiative. This program, funded by the Department of Defense, will provide your business complimentary consulting services in one of the following categories to help your company become more resilient; marketing, strategic planning, accounting compliance, lean supply chain analysis & additive manufacturing, and certifications (ISO 9001, AS9100, AS5553, SDVOSB, etc).

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Application Period    |   Opening Summer of 2019

The Connectory

Created and managed by East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC), The Connectory is an award-winning asset platform. This proven resource is being revamped by Propel San Diego, a grant initiative from the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) designed to provide strategic and sustainable assistance to firms in San Diego who sell products and services to DoD. With this remodel, the Connectory will be more efficient, user-friendly, and expansive.

Some of the features of The Connectory included:

  • 24,000+ profiles across the United States
  • Automated company profiles including detailed information from companies’ website data and harvested web content
  • Geo-coding and interactive mapping feature for locating assets/resources
  • Geographic and Industry-specific Portals

Visit the connectory

**All updates made to the current Connectory database will transfer to the upgraded platform. 

Research Survey

San Diego Regional Economic Development Council (SDEDC) has contracted BW Research Partnership, an independent research firm,  to complete an employer survey of local companies doing work for the Department of Defense (DoD) in order to better understand the needs and opportunities of regional businesses. Data collected from this survey is being used to provide a range of complimentary resources to San Diego County’s businesses. 


Data Visualization Tool

This free, publicly accessible tool allows users to see defense spending trends and contract awards by individual companies in San Diego County. Gain better insights into opportunities for partners and contracts.


For more insight on capabilities and how to navigate the Data Visualization Tool, watch the webinar below:

Aerospace & Aviation Forum

Commissioned by South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC), the Aerospace & Aviation Forum featured top experts from Qualcomm, General Atomics, UTC Aerospace, and more to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with the aerospace business in San Diego County. Topics included drones, enhanced capabilities, ISR, and enabling environment.

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Aerospace Action Plan


Maritime Panel

Conducted by South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC), leaders in the Maritime Industry shared about mapping the ocean floor, newest ship building efforts, cutting edge cargo delivery, needs of this fast growing industry and becoming a maritime friendly community. Panelists included executive's from BAE Systems, YYK, Pasha, Marine Group Boat Works and Orca Maritime. 

Maritime panel video

Maritime Action Plan

Business Incentive Matrix

The Business Incentive Matrix outlines the major incentives SCEDC compiled while surveying cities, utilities and government entities throughout San Diego County, and is intended to assist companies with expanding and hiring in the San Diego region. It includes fee reductions, rebates, financing opportunities, expedited processing, employer training reimbursements and assistance. The incentives are offered by various jurisdictions and requirements to obtain incentives vary with each incentive. View the Full Press Release.


Additional Resources

South County Economic Development Council

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City of San Diego - Economic Development Department

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** This project is funded in whole or in part with Community Economic Adjustment Assistance for Reductions in Defense Industry Employment funds, provided by the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment to the City of San Diego.