Community Building

Founders Circle Roundtable: SD's main economic clusters: Military & Defense, Innovation, and Tourism

Neal Bloom speaks on the Founders Circle Roundtable talking about San Diego’s strength, diverse leading industries, and how downtown San Diego has a lot of synergistic momentum coming from biotech expansion, new Navy headquarters, and tech companies growing with mammoth venture fundraises.

This past January, Interlock Capital Managing Partner, Neal Bloom, took part in the Founders Circle Roundtable. This discussion provided a closer look into the latest developments in San Diego's primary economic drivers: military & defense, innovation (biotech, technology, research, manufacturing), and tourism. 

Included in this round table were local champions and leading experts in their industry. These leaders include: 

  • Rear Admiral Stephen Barnett, USN Commander, Navy Region Southwest
  • Professor Michael Meyer, UC San Diego Rady School of Management
  • Julie Coker, President & CEO, San Diego Tourism Authority
  • Derek Matteo, Vice President of Global Marketing, Mainstay Medical

Take a look and find out how military & defense, innovation, and tourism contribute to the economic prosperity of San Diego’s urban center and the role Downtown and its stakeholders play in addressing both challenges and opportunities for growth.