News & Updates

UNICON: Creative Industry Trade Mission to Nigeria

An exhibition of the African creative industry demonstrating the power, reach and profitability of African content will kick off in Nigeria. UNICON will provide content creators with access to global consumers and stakeholders over two days of immersive engagements in animation, comics, African stories, video games, AR/VR, and graphic arts.

With 50 exhibitors, over 3,000 festival attendees, and local and international guests, delegates include Vault Comics, IDW Publishing, Lionheart Comics, 2CPR Group (education systems consultant) and author Tomi Adeyemi. Hosted by IBM Nigeria, the program comprises industry business case presentations, creative industry legal framework overview, and an international stakeholder panel discussion.

The event takes place November 17th in Lagos, Nigeria, in partnership with the U.S. embassy of Nigeria. An industry fact sheet is available here. For event details, please visit UNICON’s website.

San Diego Home Prices Rise 6.9% in a Year

San Diego region’s home prices rose 6.9 percent in the past year, according to the latest data in the S&P CoreLogic Index released August 28th. The effects of San Diego’s rising home prices extend beyond first-time homebuyers to those who many think are “immune” to the current housing crisis. Homeowners hoping to upgrade as their family grows and their income rises are being priced out of their next home. In addition, most homeowners would eventually like to see their adult children and grandchildren stay in San Diego, but next generations are being forced to look elsewhere. Other than in the relatively rare occasions of downsizing, or using a home as collateral to take out a loan, this housing crisis is just bad for the vast majority of San Diegans.

Jobs Report Shows Professional Services Lead Job Growth Over Past Year

The monthly jobs report issued August 17th by the California Employment Development Department includes job creation statistics for San Diego County and shows continued significant gains in “Professional and Business Services” industries. Job growth continues to track well with our competitor California metros. While we cannot anticipate the same level of added jobs given the very low unemployment rate, we are encouraged by the continued growth of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services industries shown in this month’s job report.

Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone Launch

On August 28th, the Chamber partnered with the U.S. Chamber to launch the newest Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone (MSEEZ) in San Diego. MSEEZ is an effort to address the widespread challenges faced by military spouses as they search for meaningful career opportunities. Working with a broad array of public and private sector supporters, MSEEZs connect military spouses with a network of employers in the local community and a range of employment-related tools and resources. Watch KUSI’s story on the MSEEZ to learn more.

2018 Mission to Washington D.C.

Join the largest binational delegation to Washington, D.C. to voice your business needs and collaborate with San Diego’s business leaders while meeting with the nation’s top legislators and policy officials. From Sunday, September 30th to Wednesday, October 3rd, attendees will have the unique opportunity to participate in high level meetings, gain access to our country’s key decision makers, and network and make invaluable connections! Last day to submit an application and join this year’s trip is September 26th.  Notable meetings include:

  • Matthew Doherty, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • John Andersen, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Commerce
  • Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, Customs and Border Protection
  • Diane Jones, Under Secretary at the Department of Education
  • Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Geronimo Gutierrez
  • Dale Eppler, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere, Department of State
  • Marvin Hildebrand, Minister of Economic Affairs, Canadian Embassy
  • Leadership from the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Chamber Supports Propositions 2 & 3 on Nov. Ballot

Prop 2: Funding Housing Program for Individuals with Mental Illness

The Public Policy Committee voted on September 11th to support Proposition 2. Prop 2 amends the Mental Health Services Act, passed by the electorate, to fund mental health programming throughout the state, to also provide up to $140 million by depositing funds into the Supportive Housing Program Subaccount. This bill does not increase taxes or otherwise create additional revenue sources, and instead shifts mental health funds to provide for permanent supporting housing with the understanding that housing and mental health wellness are linked.

Prop 3: Water Infrastructure & Watershed Conservation Bond Support

The California Water Infrastructure and Watershed Conservation Bond Initiative (Prop 3) authorizes $8.877 billion in general obligation bonds for water infrastructure, groundwater supplies and storage, surface water storage and dam repairs, watershed and fisheries improvements, and habitat protection and restoration. With support from both the San Diego County Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the bond provides critical funding that will help create sustainable water management.

California Legislation Deadline Pushes Bills Out

Friday, August 31st was the last day for the California Legislature to pass bills this year. Governor Brown has until September 30th to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature. Notable legislation included bail reform, renewable energy, net neutrality, and wildfire payments. On September 10th  Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 100, setting a 100 percent clean electricity goal for the state, and issued an executive order establishing a new target to achieve carbon neutrality – both by 2045. Governor Brown also signed into law AB 2949 authored by San Diego Assemblyman Todd Gloria and supported by the Chamber. AB 2949 will give children of military families the option to remain in their school of origin for the remainder of the school year regardless of any change in the military family’s residence or end of military service of parent.

Chamber Endorses SDSU West Initiative

The Chamber’s Board of Directors voted August 16th to support the SDSU West initiative. Both SDSU West and SoccerCity proposals were presented, and went through a review process that included the Chamber’s Infrastructure, Housing and Land Use Sub-Committee, a special ad-hoc committee, Public Policy, and the Board of Directors. In a statement announcing the endorsement, Chamber President and CEO Jerry Sanders said, “the redevelopment of the Mission Valley site will have a long-term impact on the entire San Diego region and we want to ensure that the plan that moves forward is in the best interest of businesses and the San Diego community as a whole. After thorough review of both proposals our Board of Directors determined that SDSU West represents the greatest economic benefit for the future growth and development of the region.”

2nd Trade Competitiveness and Customs Fair

On October 4th and 5th, 2018, Tijuana’s Customs Secretariat (SAT) will be hosting the 2nd Trade Competitiveness and Customs Fair at their headquarters located just south of the Otay Port of Entry. The Chamber, along other organizations, has partnered with SAT in joint efforts to increase our region’s global competitiveness through the promotion and facilitation of cross-border commerce.

The first fair took place earlier this year, with 322 business-to-business meetings connecting suppliers and vendors from both sides of the border, conferences and workshops on trade related subjects, and stands to promote products and services. With a successful first event, SAT is replicating the Trade Competitiveness and Customs fair in other states and organizing a second fair in Tijuana with the objective of increasing its reach and strengthening our binational region’s supply chain by including the cities of Tecate, Mexicali and Ensenada. Just as on the first fair, businesses are able to participate through three different dynamics:

  1. B2B meetings
  2. Conferences and workshops on trade related subjects such as NAFTA and tariffs, customs processing updates, and new regulations – Translators available depending on the topic.
  3. Stands to promote products and services (participating fee).

For event details, or to register, please email Kenia Zamarripa, Director of International Business Affairs, at

The Future is Now: Female-Owned Small Businesses and Start-Ups Forum

The “Mujer PYME” Forum for female-owned small businesses and start-ups focuses on the promotion and development of female entrepreneurs, bringing experts and stakeholders from all around Mexico and the world. The two-day event will take place September 20th and 21st at the World Trade Center in Tijuana from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and consists on a series of panel discussions covering how to acquire business capital, business boot camps and workshops, personalized mentorship, and networking opportunities.

The annual forum is organized by Mujer Pyme Internacional A.C., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help women entrepreneurs become successful business owners through the development of skills and an innovative global vision that can allows them to thrive.

For an event agenda and to purchase tickets, please visit their website.