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2018 Mission to Washington D.C.

September 30, 2018 - October 3, 2018

Apply Now | Important Deadlines | Pre-Trip Orientation | Itinerary | Hotel | Flights | Sponsorship 

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.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to:

  • Participate in high-level meetings with U.S. administration officials and agencies, such as Department of Transportation, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Department of State, Housing & Urban Development and many others
  • Gain access to our country’s key decision makers and advocate for local and regional issues important to business growth and creation of jobs in the Cali-Baja region
  • Network and make invaluable connections with elected officials on the local, state and federal level, as well as other community members

Event Details

Date & Time: 
Sunday, September 30 (7:00 PM) – Wednesday, October 3 (12:00 PM), 2018 

Location: JW Marriott Washington D.C., 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004

Event Contact: Katie Tran  |  Ph: 619-544-1370  |  Email: ktran@sdchamber.org

Para obtener información sobre cómo asistir “Misión a Washington DC” favor de comunicarse con Kenia: kzamarripa@sdchamber.org.


Important Dates & Deadlines

  • September 6 – Hotel room block closes at 3:00 PM
  • September 14 – Last day to register without late fees
  • September 26 – Pre-trip orientation for delegates at 9:00 AM at the Chamber office
  • September 26 – Last day to submit an application for the trip


Delegates are invited to attend the pre-trip meeting to receive full information and updates on the trip:

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 | 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Location: Chamber Office, 402 W Broadway, Ste. 1000, San Diego 92101


Not sure if the D.C. delegation is right for you? Read what our past delegates had to say about the trip’s impact on their business:

“Effective communication is key to successfully delivering a unique binational project like Cross Border Xpress – the only border crossing of its kind in the world.

During the Chamber’s delegation trips to Washington D.C., we were able to meet directly with leadership of several federal agencies that all had a role in the project, bringing the Cali-Baja perspective to decision makers 3,000 miles away.

It was great to have the backing of the Chamber and a unified voice of business leaders supporting the CBX and standing with us.”


Stephanie Saathoff
President, The Clay Company
CBX Consulting Team Member

“The decisions made in Washington D.C. have a big impact on Baja economic dynamics. Joining the Chamber’s delegation trip gives us the opportunity to make face-to-face connections with the policy makers influencing those decisions and remind them what’s important to advancing our binational region’s economic potential.

Being able to discuss issues directly with leadership is extremely valuable in ensuring the Baja business community’s voice is heard.”

Gabriel Camarena Salinas

Executive President, Consejo de Desarrollo Económico de Tijuana

“The Chamber’s delegation trips to D.C. provide 2-1-1 San Diego, along with our partners throughout the region, the platform to have a collective voice on national issues that have an impact at a local level.

For us at 2-1-1, we’ve had the opportunity to sit face-to-face with leaders from various Congressional offices and agencies to talk about issues facing our sector and those we serve, in areas such as the military and veteran landscape, workforce development, housing, health and social services, and technology. This results in a unique opportunity to bring together our social and government sectors and provide collective solutions to systematic issues.

Understanding the importance of the whole community working together locally and nationally to solve important issues, it was priceless to have the support and guidance from the Chamber, its board, and members.”


Meg Storer

Vice President of Community & Government Relations
2-1-1 San Diego

Trip Itinerary

We are still in the process of developing the agenda. For your traveling purposes, please plan to arrive in D.C. before the Welcome Reception on Sunday, 09/30 at 7:00 PM. The last meeting will end at around 12:00 PM on Wednesday, 10/3.

Click here to view last year’s trip itinerary.

Hotel Information

JW Marriott Washington D.C.

1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington D.C. 20004

We have secured a special room rate of $399++ per night for standard rooms from September 30 to October 3, 2018. Click here to reserve online or call 1800-393-2503 or 1800-228-2100 and mention the San Diego Regional Chamber room block.

Reservations must be made by 6:00 pm (PDT), Tuesday, September 11, 2018. After September 11, the hotel will confirm reservations based on availability at the current rate.

Alternative Hotel:

Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street NW, Washington, D.C., USA, 20001

We have also secured a limited number of rooms at a special rate of $289++ per night at the Grand Hyatt Washington. This hotel is located just a couple blocks from the JW Marriott (10-minute walk). Click here to reserve online.

Must reserve by Friday, August 31, 2018. After the cut-off date, hotel will reserve based on availability.

Flying To D.C.


  1. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – DCA
    4.3 miles to hotel | Estimated taxi fare: $20 (one way)
  2. Washington Dulles International Airport – IAD
    26.5 miles to hotel | Estimated taxi fare: $60 (one way)
  3. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport – BWI
    34 miles to hotel | Estimated taxi fare: $90 (one way)

Most delegates arrive in the afternoon on Sunday, 9/30, prior to the Welcome Reception at 7:00 PM and fly out the afternoon of Wednesday, 10/3.

Thank you sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:


Corporate Sponsors:

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Numerous sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Click here for information or contact Sherman Stocker at sstocker@sdchamber.org or (619) 544-1354.


The participation fees below do not include hotel or airfare. Fees include hosted events and meetings.

Applications submitted by 08/03/18:
Chamber members: $1,800
Additional attendee or spouse/companion: $1,300
Non-members: $2,800

Between 08/04/18 – 09/14/18:
Chamber members: $2,300
Additional attendee or spouse/companion: $1,300
Non-members: $2,800

Between 09/15/18 – 09/26/18:
All applicants: $3200




Cancellation Policy

If canceled by September 21, 2018, 100% of the registration fee will be refunded.
If canceled between September 22 – 27, 2018, 75% of the registration fee will be refunded.
If canceled after September 28, 2018, 50% of the registration fee will be refunded.

To request a cancellation, please send an email to ktran@sdchamber.org.


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