Efficient Border: A Globally Competitive Region

APA California Chapter, San Diego Section


Tuesday, June 3, 2014
noon - 4:30 p.m. PDT

San Diego, CA, United States

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The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), in partnership with Caltrans, Southwestern College, the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego, the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the Municipality of Tijuana, will be hosting the 17th annual SANDAG Bi-national Seminar on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. The purpose of the bi-national seminars is to provide an interactive forum to address a wide range of border-related topics by bringing experts and stakeholders together from both sides of the border to discuss issues, seek out solutions, and identify opportunities. The 2014 Bi-national Seminar is entitled “Efficient Border: A Globally Competitive Region”, and will focus on border efficiency and global competitiveness in the San Diego-Baja California region. More specifically, the presentations and discussions will address border crossing wait times at the international land ports of entry in our region, and innovative solutions that leverage technology and increased regional collaboration in order to more efficiently facilitate joint production, trade and travel, and compete more effectively as a bi-national region in the global marketplace. This seminar will offer professional planners a unique opportunity to learn about crossborder trade and industrial and employment clusters, and the intricacies of interregional and bi-national collaborative planning in the San Diego-Baja California region. Building consensus is essential to be able to realize any planning project, and even more so when coordinating between two countries and political systems. By working together, San Diego and Baja California can better envision a sustainable and thriving future. Taking advantages of shared resources and supporting collaboration in infrastructure and economic development planning will ensure that efforts are aligned. Regional experts and leaders will participate in presentations and panel discussions, and seminar attendees will have a chance to pose questions and share ideas. A background white paper will be sent out to attendees in advance of the seminar. Simultaneous Spanish-English interpretation will be provided throughout the event.