San Diego has global potential. While San Diego is the 17th largest U.S. metro by GDP, it ranks 61st in terms of export intensity and 49th in the US in terms of the percentage of jobs in foreign-owned firms. While many regions would view this as problematic, San Diego sees this as an opportunity.
San Diego is part of the Global Cities Initiative, a joint project between JP Morgan Chase and the Brookings Institute.
The MetroConnect Prize provides small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in San Diego with the resources they need to take their business to the rest of the world. MetroConnect provides each selected company up to $10,000 in matching funds to cover up to 50% of the costs associated with the company's next step to going global.
Thanks to support from the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Foundation, San Diego Regional EDC will award the MetroConnect Prize to a handful of companies trying to take their innovative products abroad, secure strategic partnerships, and boost international business that ultimately translates to increased economic activity in San Diego.
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The Global Competitiveness Council (GCC) is a group of senior business, academic, government and civic partners that oversee World Trade Center San Diego’s (WTCSD) implementation of the Go Global San Diego trade and investment initiative. GCC members include representatives from each of WTCSD’s founding partners and leadership from some of the region’s most globally engaged companies.
The GCC advises on WTCSD programming and generates public support for the broader global strategy. This group also serves as the voice for trade and investment policy recommendations on behalf of the region.