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San Diego's export potential problematic

San Diego could improve exports, but it'll cost plenty

Roger Showley, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, May 17, 2013

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: NO

We could but choose not to. San Diego’s lagging exports reflect decisions made a century ago. Given the choice between developing as an industrial hub or preserving a more bucolic way of life, San Diegans chose, and continue to choose, “geraniums over smokestacks.” To be an export power we would need, at a minimum, to install a fully functioning cargo container port, multi-runway airport, and much more robust rail connections. Contrary to what Brookings implies, however, San Diego continues to do pretty well with relatively “low impact” export activities stressing research, development and innovation over production and physical export of goods.