San Diego Business Journal Kevin Ham, the City of Vista’s Director of Economic Development, has announced his retirement after two decades with the organization. Ham’s retirement will be effective on Dec. 31, 2021.


Kevin Ham Director of Economic Development City of Vista

“Vista’s growth and economic development successes are not about me,” said Ham. “It’s about the team we have here, our leadership, the Vista community, and of course, the amazing businesses we’ve been able to attract and support over the years.”

Ham was instrumental in growing Vista’s economic diversity by increasing its business park from 7 million square feet to 14 million, bringing in new tech companies, craft breweries, life sciences and other industries to the city.

“His impact has been significant, not just to Vista, but regionally and at the state level,” said Patrick Johnson, Vista city manager.
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