Our Story

As the international affiliate of San Diego Regional EDC, World Trade Center San Diego cultivates a pipeline of export-ready firms, maximizes foreign direct investment (FDI) opportunities, and enhances San Diego’s connectivity to the markets that matter most.

Founding Partners

The City of San Diego

San Diego International Airport

Port of San Diego

1994

World Trade Center San Diego is founded by Port of San Diego, San Diego International Airport, and City of San Diego

2013

WTCSD - along with 30 regional partners - partners with the Brookings Institution to launch the "Go Global SD Export Plan"

2014

WTCSD remains strong under the leadership at San Diego State University

2015

EDC welcomes WTCSD as an official affiliate of the organization and launches 'Go Global San Diego,' an updated trade and investment plan in conjunction with the Brookings Institution; Through the new relationship, WTCSD and EDC share offices and resources to help maximize efforts to make the region more competitive for businesses

2015

WTCSD launches the Global Competitiveness Council, a group of San Diego senior-level business, academic, and government partners that oversee WTC's program of work

2017

WTCSD brings Mayor Faulconer on his first official trade mission as Mayor to Vancouver, Canada

2017

WTCSD leads Congressman Scott Peters and 30 other delegates on a trade mission to the U.K.

2017

WTCSD launches DiscoverSD.biz to streamline foreign delegation support

2018

WTCSD leads Congressman Scott Peters and 30 other delegates on a trade mission to Tokyo

2019

WTCSD leads fourth major trade mission to Frankfurt and Munich, Germany

2020

WTCSD launches Export Specialty Center to cultivate a pipeline of export-ready firms

2021

WTCSD, Center for Commerce and Diplomacy at UC San Diego, and founding partners launch updated global engagement strategy: "Go Global 2025"

The Global Competitiveness Council

The Global Competitiveness Council (GCC) is a group of senior business, academic, government, and civic partners that drives a comprehensive regional global engagement strategy and seeks to position San Diego as a thought leader on issues related to trade, investment, and competitiveness. The GCC advises on WTC San Diego programming; generates public support, financial resources, and coordination mechanisms for the broader initiative; and issues periodic trade and investment policy recommendations on behalf of the region.