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Often referred to as “San Diego’s last frontier,” East Otay Mesa offers a unique combination of affordability, perfect climate and large expanses of developable land designed for commercial and industrial uses. Situated near residential neighborhoods and shopping districts, the area can serve business interests including office, R&D, and even large-scale manufacturing. A nearby international airport and cross-border infrastructure ensure that East Otay Mesa is the perfect ground-floor opportunity for large companies with interests in Mexico, East Asia and the West Coast.

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San Diego’s South County is in early stages of development. As a result, it is already bursting with business opportunities and it will only get better. In addition to friendly local governments, a highly capable workforce and a perfect climate, this dynamic region offers an enticing array of incentives and financing programs designed to enhance business development.

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Located along the international border in South San Diego County, the East Otay Mesa region is one of the most strategic and desirable regions in the country. Not only is it part of San Diego (often called “America’s Finest City” and the nation’s 8th largest), it enjoys direct access to Mexico with its growing economy and vibrant culture. It’s also adjacent to Chula Vista, one of the most rapidly expanding residential and commercial areas in the United States.

Predictably, its location has made East Otay Mesa home to the largest commercial land port on the California-Mexico border with $17.2 billion in exports in 2012. Tijuana’s modern international airport is less than 5 minutes from East Otay Mesa with direct connection to East Asia and other destinations.

This location also gives East Otay Mesa direct access to major freeways, roads and other transportation facilities, making it the ideal setting for any type of business activity. Brown Field Airport is also nearby for private flights.

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Please click on any of the links below to access useful information about East Otay Mesa.


Cindy Gompper Graves – President & CEO

South County Economic Development Council
1111 Bay Blvd.
Suite E.
Chula Visa, CA 91911

Alejandra Mier y Teran – Executive Director

Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce
9163 Siempre Viva Road
Suite I-2
San Diego, CA 92154

(619) 661-6111

Greg Cox – Supervisor

County of San Diego
1600 Pacific Hwy.
Rm 335
San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 551-5511

Tracy Morgan Hollingworth MPA CAE – East Otay Mesa Property Owners Manager

Morgan Hollingworth Public Affairs & Association Management

Mark Watton – General Manager

Otay Water District
2254 Sweetwater Springs Blvd.
Spring Valley, CA 91978

(619) 670-2222


Cross Border Terminal (Express)

The Cross-Border Terminal is a 400 foot long pedestrian bridge spanning the U.S.-Mexico Border and connecting passengers directly to the Tijuana Airport.

Brown Field Airport

Adjacent to East Otay Mesa Brown Field Airport is only minutes away from the U.S.-Mexico border. For all your business needs, the types of aircraft that operate at Brown Field include private, corporate, charter, cargo and airships.

Tijuana Rodriguez International Airport

Tijuana Rodriguez International Airport is less than 5 minutes from East Otay Mesa with direct connection into East Asia and Mexico from the Cross Border Terminal. Users of the bridge will be able to access TIJ flights to Mexico, many of which travel with greater frequency or at lower costs than those offered by Southern California airports. TIJ also has direct flights to Shanghai.

Otay Mesa East Port of Entry (Otay II)

The new Otay II crossing will be a modern commercial land port of entry. This will make it easier to process and transport goods to and from San Diego and Northern Baja California, Mexico. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in partnership with various local, state, and federal agencies on both sides of the border are currently financing and constructing a new commercial border crossing in East Otay Mesa, the Otay Mesa East Port of Entry (Otay II). The new State Route–11 (SR-11) will connect SR-905 to Otay II and will mitigate wait times at the existing land port of entry in Otay Mesa, allowing employers and employees on both sides of the border to travel across the border expeditiously.

Highways & Freeways

Currently there are four interstates, three highways and one expressway in the South County Region providing drivers with quick access to different parts of the region. Tijuana has Federal Highway 1 and 2 as well as Highway 1-D which is a scenic route. On the U.S. side, there are Interstates 5, 15, and 805, Highways 54, 905, and the Southbay Expressway (125).


Like all of San Diego, East Otay Mesa boasts a diverse, highly-skilled and motivated workforce with a solid educational background. Potential employers can tap into both the U.S. and Mexico labor pool offering the possibility of a multicultural, multi-lingual capability.

To transport this workforce, East Otay Mesa has convenient access to the Metropolitan Transit System which connects various areas in San Diego to the border crossings.  Bus routes are available providing inexpensive and reliable transportation for commuters to and from your business.

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Few places in the world can match the richness and diversity of the San Diego region.

San Diego

San Diego is a world-class resort destination that attracts millions of visitors each year from around the globe. Perfect climate, sunny beaches and cultural landmarks combine to make this area one of the finest in America. Explore the many attractions of the San Diego region below.


For those with a taste for the exotic, Mexico’s Pacific coastline is known for its pristine beaches, relaxed atmosphere and warm, welcoming culture. Learn more about the Baja region below.


The Mesa offers easy access to great shopping on both sides of the international border. Click here to learn more.


San Diego’s South County is home to some of the region’s most expansive wildlife preserves and miles of backcountry mountain trails for hiking and biking. Click below for more information.


San Diego’s South County offers world-class attractions at close proximity. To learn about many of these exciting excursions and opportunities, click the links below.

Quality of Life

Unlike the overcrowding and high cost of living associated with Los Angeles and Orange County, San Diego exemplifies the best of Southern California. Often called “San Diego’s last frontier,” East Otay Mesa offers affordability, abundant growth opportunity, and a multi-cultural diversity that welcomes people of all backgrounds.

A family-oriented community, nearby Chula Vista offers primary education and university campuses, a robust commercial town center, and a full range of bicultural professional services to serve this dynamic and growing region. Otay Mesa is also home to Southwestern Community College.  To learn more, watch the video on the right.

Loans & Incentives

Many loans and incentives are available to business interested in making this region their home.  Follow the links below to learn more.

Loan Programs


Business Assistance