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Creative Class Group - From Border Barriers to Bi-National Promise

In partnership with the Creative Class Group, a boutique advisory services firm founded by Richard Florida, Global CONNECT developed a report that found that in today's increasingly global "borderless economy" both the U.S. and Mexico would benefit significantly from establishing a "frictionless border," one that enables the border to act as a platform for economic development and growth rather than a bottleneck created by Homeland Security policies.  Entitled "From Border Barriers to Bi-National Promise", the repot utilizes the San Diego-Tijuana region as a case study to understand impact these policies have on the citizens who live and work in the region.  The research team analyzed numerous existing studies and news articles, as well as conducted in-person interviews with dozens of business, community, and government officials on both sides of the border to hear their personal stories and vision for what a frictionless U.S. and Mexico border could be like.  Download "From Border Barriers to Bi-National Promise."


US Studies Centre Report

The United States Studies Centre commissioned Global CONNECT to conduct an analysis of the development of San Diego’s biotechnology sector over the past 35 years to provide insights that may be applicable to the Australian context. The research focuses on the important factors that contributed to the development of the cluster, while more deeply exploring several key issues identified in the first phase of the Australian portion of the project.  Download US Studies Centre Report

Biocrossroads Report: Warsaw, Indiana: The Orthopedics Capital of the World

BioCrossroads commissioned Global CONNECT to assist in the analysis of Indiana’s remarkable achievements and potential for growth in the global orthopedic device sector. The following report draws heavily upon research by the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice. In addition, a community study which included a number of in‐depth interviews and facilitated discussions with key business and community leaders in the Warsaw region, and input from distinguished orthopedic surgeons, were also utilized in the creation of this report. The integration of all of this information and research has resulted in a picture of a currently robust, respected and globally competitive orthopedics device cluster in Warsaw, Indiana. The report resulted in a number of insights about opportunities within Warsaw and across north central Indiana such as the creation fo the OrthoWorx trade association.  Download Biocrossroads Report


Integrating and Enhancing the BC Knowledge Transfer System

The British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Advanced Education (AVED) and the British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) began a strategic review of the province’s knowledge transfer systems and university-industry collaboration. With AVED serving as the lead government Ministry responsible for research and innovation in BC, and BCIC having the lead role for applied research and commercialization in the province, these organizations have a strong interest in ensuring that knowledge and technology transfer take place in an efficient and effective manner in all regions of the province. This report describes the characteristics and best practices that are relevant to the province on the topics of collaboration and knowledge transfer mechanisms. The best practices are based on research, observations, and experience that the project team has gained in conducting this review and from working relationships with leading innovative regions worldwide.  Download British Columbia Report


Crossborder Economic Research

Global CONNECT's work in the San Diego-Baja California region, as well as other parts of Mexico, builds upon a long tradition of research and analysis conducted by San Diego Dialogue, another public program of UC San Diego Extension, between 1991 and 2009. Below are three example reports that complement the work of Global CONNECT.  Other studies by San Diego Dialogue have been archived and are available upon request.

More Information

If you would like more information about any of these reports, or would like to request an archived San Diego Dialogue report, please email Nathan Owens at


Last updated July 21, 2014


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