Trans-Border Institute
Phone: (619) 260-7919
Fax: (619) 849-8123

Location: KIPJ Room 238
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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Trans-Border Institute

Sustainable Economic Development

The Trans-Border Institute works to promote dialogue among policy makers, academics, and regional stakeholders to help strengthen the vision of San Diego-Baja California as an economically integrated, bi-national community. 

San Diego and Baja California have tremendous shared potential as a part of a bi-national region, with enormous possibilities in the global economy. In recent years, however, overwhelming obstacles — security and economic crises — have posed major challenges that undermine the region’s economic performance. 

One of the institute's goals is to help ease those challenges.

For example, in April 2010, we hosted the first face-to-face summit of the three commerce secretaries under U.S. President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Mexican President Felipe Calderón to help advance North American trade relations, with a particular emphasis on promoting technology and innovation in the cross-border region.

Also in April 2010, we hosted the North American Competitiveness, Innovation, and Clean Energy Conference.

In 2008-2009, as part of its work on economic development issues, the institute conducted studies in Tijuana and Mexicali, Baja California, to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of microcredit lending in urban areas, and to assess the potential for growth and expansion of this service to other areas of the border and Mexico.

Read the study: Los Niños Microcredit Study.