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North American Competitiveness: The San Diego Agenda

By Laura Dawson, Christopher Sands, and Duncan Wood
November 2013
Foreword by Charles Shapiro

The San Diego Agenda came out of the North American Competitiveness and Innovation Conference (NACIC) held in San Diego October 27-29, 2013 where Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast, Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo and U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker met to discuss “three countries, two borders, one economy.”

Duncan Wood, Chris Sands and Laura Dawson provided the intellectual framework for the conference.  Their vision of what North America – our integrated economic foundation -- can become is brilliant. Malin Burnham, the co-chair of San Diego’s Smart Border Coalition, and I shamelessly appropriated their work in an op-ed we wrote for the U-T San Diego newspaper (November 9, 2013) and renamed their recommendations “The San Diego Agenda.”

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