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Tess Sangster

City of San Marcos
Economic Development Manager
Greater San Diego Area
With one of region’s fastest growing business scenes, it’s an exciting time to be at San Marcos.
In my role, I get to collaborate directly with the business community—which has grown a remarkable 25 percent in the past decade alone. In a nutshell, I work to attract new businesses to the area while supporting existing businesses, which ultimately drives the great quality of life here in San Marcos.

The economic development division was launched in 2015, so it’s relatively new territory for the City. I enjoy the challenge of building a new program and I’m proud of the progress we’ve made so far. For example, we launched a business outreach program and have learned that all our top employers expect to maintain or grow over the next year.

We also recently won an award from the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) for our public outreach surrounding economic development. This included an interactive dashboard that makes it easy to explore all the great things San Marcos offers. Involving the community in our efforts is important, so we’re proud of that achievement.