The Chamber produced its annual Congressional Luncheon with nearly 600 attendees at the Marriott Marquis & Marina on April 27. Congress members Darrell Issa, Juan Vargas, Scott Peters and Susan Davis led a candid discussion on a variety of issues, including reliable water resources for San Diego, national security threats, presidential candidates, and student loan debt.
The Congress members took questions from the audience and the event received quite the attention on social media, especially on Twitter with the hashtag “DCinSD.” In that spirit, Chamber CEO and President Jerry Sanders took a “selfie” with the Congressional delegation.
If you were not able to attend this year, check out this recap by our moderator Gene Cubbison on NBC’s website and watch our highlight video:
In 2014, the San Diego Chamber led a high-level, bi-national delegation to Mexico City with more than 70 delegates including: California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom; San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer; Tijuana Mayor Dr. Jorge Astiazaran; San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox’ San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria; Imperial Beach Mayor Jim Janney; Mariano Escobedo, Office of Baja California Governor Francisco Vega; Mexico Consul General Remedios Gomez Arnau; US Consul General Andrew Erickson; and San Diego business leaders from varying industries including high tech, education, health care, maritime, energy, financial & legal firms, real estate, and transportation companies.
The trip included several high-level meetings with government officials in Mexico, including: Dr. Sergio Alcocer, Undersecretary for North American Affairs at the Secretariat of Foreign Relations; U.S. Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne; Mexico’s Senate’s Commission on Border Issues; Queretaro Governor Jose Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa.
Other highlights from the trip included a tour of Bombardier plant in Queretaro; dinner with Luis de la Calle, former Undersecretary of International Business Negotiations at the Ministry of Economy in Mexico; and a visit to National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Over the course of the trip the delegation successfully advocated for the issues that are so important to the Cali-Baja mega region and pinpointed specific areas for collaboration, including, enhancing trade and commerce, development of educational exchange programs, promoting tourism, and transportation and infrastructure projects in the border region.