Key Industries

The Central Coast is home to forward-focused global industries

Home of the nation’s West Coast rocket launch range.
Launchpad for the floating offshore wind industry.
Fertile grounds for tech start-ups and global brands,
as well as wine and agriculture.

The Central Coast of California is growing an innovative and forward-focused economy on a foundation of singular assets, two world-class universities and a ripe growth ecosystem. Explore our key industries.


Anchored by Vandenberg Space Force Base and a rich air and space legacy that includes the birthplace of the CubeSat, the Central Coast is a prime frontier in the new commercial space race and air-mobility innovation.

rocket launch at Vandenberg Space Force Base

Clean Tech + Renewable Energy

Offshore wind. Utility-scale solar. Cutting-edge energy storage. The Central Coast, with a long history of energy production, is emerging as a critical hub in meeting the state and nation’s ambitious carbon-free energy goals.

Technology + Innovation

Artificial intelligence, software, ecommerce, semiconductors and nanotechnology. The Central Coast is a thriving tech hub home to household names, up-and-comers and enterprising innovators just getting started.

woman coding on a laptop

Precision Manufacturing

From delicate semiconductors to rugged communications equipment and precisely machined aerospace components to precisely crafted musical instruments. They’re all made right here on the Central Coast.

three people working in manufacturing


The region’s deep agricultural roots and flourishing wine industry are reaching into the future with precision farming, automation and innovative sustainability practices to conserve water, increase efficiency and boost profitability.

Two people walking through farm with a drone

Health + Life Sciences

From personalized apps to specialized devices and pioneering nanotechnologies, a nucleus of biotech and medtech companies are forging the future of healthcare, a bedrock of the local economy.

woman with test tubes

Building Design + Construction

Fed by top-ranked architecture and engineering programs, the Central Coast is home to a robust building industry, from architects and planners to engineers and general contractors for highly specialized projects.

Two construction workers building a home