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February 17, 2017 - Politico

How San Diego Built A Bridge Across the Wall

Politico explains: "For the people who do business in Tijuana and San Diego, talk of barriers—whether it’s tariffs or even “big beautiful walls”— is anathema. They know that the health of their “mega region,” as San Diego’s Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer calls it, depends on enhancing the economic integration of the two cities that collectively boast a population of 5 million."

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February 6, 2017 - ABC News

San Diego, Tijuana Mayors Extol Virtues of Cross-Border Ties

With political talks of walls and trade barriers, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Tijuana Mayor  Juan Manuel Gastelum, alongside other civic leaders, expressed committment to continued cross-border collaboration, commerce and culture.

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January 10, 2017 - The Business Journals

How Small Businesses Can Make the Leap Overseas

MetroConnect company Roug Draft Brewing was featured in The Business Journals as a proof point for small businesses to export their products. In 2015, just 0.15 percent of Rough Draft's sales were in international markets, yet that number was expected to total 5 percent by the end of 2016.

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January 4, 2017 - Fox News

Veterans move from military force to workforce with help from start-up experts

California leads the nation with more than 250,000 veteran-owned businesses, many of which can be found in or near San Diego, home to the largest concentration of military personnel in the United States. Fox News with more on San Diego as a hub for veteran entrepreneurs. 

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December 14, 2016 - The New York Times

NYT: Veterans Help Make San Diego a Hub for Start-Ups

About 229,000 military veterans live in San Diego. The 100-mile radius supports more military and Coast Guard personnel than any other metropolitan area in the country, according to the Department of Defense. Many of the region's veterans start companies that function as contractors and suppliers to the military because of their contacts and security clearances. The NYT explains.

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