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Cultivating export-ready firms, maximizing foreign direct investment, and enhancing San Diego’s global connectivity.

Founded in 1994 and relaunched as the international affiliate of San Diego Regional EDC in 2014, World Trade Center San Diego (WTCSD) is committed to helping San Diego companies with their international growth efforts and attracting international investment. WTCSD 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.

Meet our partners, learn our story, and explore opportunities to get involved with San Diego’s international business community.

Founding Partners

The City of San Diego

San Diego International Airport

Port of San Diego


A group of business, academic, government, and civic partners who oversee World Trade Center San Diego and implementation of the region’s overarching trade and investment strategy. GCC advises on WTCSD programming, generating public support, financial resources, and coordination mechanisms for the broader strategy; as well as periodic trade issues and investment policy recommendations on behalf of the region. Meetings are held quarterly on the second Friday of each month from 2-3:30 pm.

Co-Chairs: Kim Becker, San Diego Regional Airport Authority, and Monique Rodriguez, Qualcomm

To get involved, contact Sophia Antonopoulos.




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


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


WTCSD remains strong under the leadership at San Diego State University


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


WTCSD resumes international travel post-pandemic with trade mission to the Netherlands alongside Mayor Todd Gloria and 30 other delegates

June 2023

WTCSD receives the President's “E” Award for Export Service for assisting and facilitating export activities, the highest recognition a U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports

October 2023

WTCSD strengthens economic ties in Asia with trade mission to South Korea, alongside Mayor Todd Gloria, Supervisor Nora Vargas, and 30+ binational delegates