By Lisa Halverstadt.

San Diego’s on a mission to court a handful of industries it’s decided are crucial to the city’s economic future.

The regional economy has long been buoyed by tourism and the military, and those industries have gotten lots of city support for decades. The city’s latest economic development strategy also focuses on other industries that the city wants to see flourish: manufacturing and trade.

There’s a tie that binds all these so-called economic base sectors. They’re made up of businesses that sell their goods and services to customers outside San Diego, thus bringing in money that wouldn’t otherwise flow here.

Economic-development gurus are focused on these businesses because they draw new jobs and support local-serving businesses.

For this reason, the economic development plan the City Council approved in June encourages policy changes and incentives to aid these export-focused companies.

The specific actions the city’s promoting in this plan, such as convening more task forces, aren’t particularly groundbreaking, but calling out the industries it’s decided are most crucial to San Diego’s future economic growth allows city leaders to prioritize.

Companies within the industries listed in the city’s roadmap are the most likely to be on the receiving end of city perks and incentives as they look to expand or move. And city policymakers will be especially eager to tackle regulations and permitting roadblocks that affect them.

Here’s a breakdown of those top industry clusters and some of what the city’s economic development strategy suggests doing to help them.

The Sector: Manufacturing and Innovation

Photo by Sam Hodgson

A worker packages beer at Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Company.