The World Trade Center San Diego is moving to San Diego State University, where it will be hosted by the school's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).
The move, which was approved by the WTCSD board of directors on Thursday, is expected to be completed by March 1.
SDSU CIBER, headed by managing director Mark J. Ballam, will provide operational leadership and oversight in conjunction with the WTCSD board. Ballam has served on the WTCSD board for eight years.
The World Trade Center license will continue to be held by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the San Diego Unified Port District and the city of San Diego.
Other details remain to be worked out before formal approval is granted by all the entities involved.
“There is a new wind blowing in San Diego in terms of international business and global opportunity,” said WTCSD chairman Stephen G. Austin. “Leveraging the significant synergies between the WTCSD and SDSU CIBER will allow us to capitalize on trade, education, research and economic development. Also, this move will provide organizational stability at a time when we do not have a president and CEO.”
SDSU's Ballam said the move will give students the opportunity to work with companies in the region as they increase their global business.
“Together, we will provide continuity in trade research services for businesses and organizations, as well as providing business and economic updates to WTCSD members," he said. "We will conduct two trade missions to Australia and Germany, continue the International Relations Office and engage in activities related to the Global San Diego Export Plan.”
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Aug. 31, 2011 -- Executive Editor George Chamberlin speaks with Bella Huele, president and CEO of World Trade Center San Diego, about the work the WTC performs and plans for the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.