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How San Diego Went From Sleepy Surfer Town to Innovative Tech Hub

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“We hold on to our sunny, California surfer image because it’s a significant part of who we are in a sense that you can be part of an innovative tech team that rivals anywhere, working in the center of a life-changing city, and you can still surf every morning,” Mark Cafferty explains. Read more here.

Forbes 30 Under 30: Manufacturing & Industry

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Forbes released its ’30 under 30’ list recognizing individuals who are innovating and reinventing in their respective industries. From Fabric8Labs, Zeeto Media, Aira, UC San Diego and more, meet the individuals behind the companies and organizations that are being recognized for the life-changing work they are doing right in our backyard.

British Airways in-flight magazine: San Diego

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San Diego took center stage in British Airways’ in-flight magazine throughout the month of October, which our #SDinUk trade delegation read while flying across the pond. 

Here's what it takes to become a smart city

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After EDC’s concerted media outreach around San Diego smart cities technology, CNET reporter Ian Sherr interviewed David Graham, deputy chief operating officer for the city of San Diego. The story “Here's what it takes to become a smart city” highlights San Diego’s street light sensor project with GE, and mention of the FRED shuttle service. The reporter also made mention of San Diego smart cities technology in a preceding article, “Chicago maps its underground maze.” 

See How This Clean Tech Start Up Plans To Turn Electric Vehicles Into Virtual Power Plants

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Spotlighting San Diego’s smart city technology, Forbes featured the partnership between cleantech startup Nuvve and UC San Diego. The two have launched a pilot project, which uses idle electric vehicles as a collective energy storage reservoir. 

San Diego among 10 best US cities for job seekers

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With 98 percent job security and opportunity for advancement, San Diego tops the chart for job seekers via Indeed. 

How San Diego Built A Bridge Across the Wall

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Politico explains: "For the people who do business in Tijuana and San Diego, talk of barriers—whether it’s tariffs or even “big beautiful walls”— is anathema. They know that the health of their “mega region,” as San Diego’s Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer calls it, depends on enhancing the economic integration of the two cities that collectively boast a population of 5 million."

How Small Businesses Can Make the Leap Overseas

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MetroConnect company Roug Draft Brewing was featured in The Business Journals as a proof point for small businesses to export their products. In 2015, just 0.15 percent of Rough Draft's sales were in international markets, yet that number was expected to total 5 percent by the end of 2016.

Hemispheres' Dossier: San Diego

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United Airlines' in-flight magazine Hemispheres featured San Diego in its economic development series Dossier, highlighting the region's strong commitment to "innovation, entrepreneurship and quality of life."