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LINK Forward Pre-Trip Briefing

Posted on: May 03, 2018

San Diego Region: Past, Present, and Future

Dr. Mary Walshok is a well-known researcher and writer on the concept of regional economies. She will speak to us about the issues shaping the San Diego region now – from affordable housing and transit expansion, to workforce collaboration and the connected U.S.-Mexico economy.

Immediately following this session, we will travel to the Cross Border Xpress for a tour and lunch.

U.S./Mexico Relations in a Shifting Political Climate

At the Cross Border Xpress, we will hear a panel discussion with

This group of seasoned leaders will discuss ongoing policy issues that provide the U.S. and Mexico opportunities to collaborate and grow the larger CaliBaja region. Topics of immigration, international trade, cross-border investments, and the upcoming Mexican election will be addressed, among others.

Leadership in the San Diego Region

This session will feature Dwayne Crenshaw, CEO of RISE San Diego, and a conversation about his organization’s work to foster and empower younger leaders from across the region to spark change and address challenges in their communities. Knowing that our Atlanta region faces many of the same obstacles to broad-based prosperity and growth, Crenshaw will also help us explore ways leaders of all ages can help one another move regions forward.


Economic Inclusion: Building a Stronger Region

The last session of the program will be a discussion on the concept of inclusive economic development, a new focus area for the San Diego Economic Development Corporation. Janice Brown, the incoming EDC chair, will unpack this idea and why San Diego is going all-in on this now.

NOTICE: Gov. Brian Kemp has extended a public health emergency declaration and a statewide shelter-in-place order for older adults and medically fragile residents through June 12.

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