San Diego Takes Center Stage in National Geographic Series

As San Diegans, we’re used to hearing others talk about how special our region is. From our gorgeous beaches to our diverse cultures, people can’t help but gush about our community’s countless splendors.

In April, our secret became worldwide news when National Geographic premiered “World’s Smart Cities: San Diego,” a documentary sponsored by The San Diego Foundation and other philanthropic, civic and business partners broadcast in 60 countries reaching over 250 million households worldwide to attract new business and visitors.

As the only U.S. city to be spotlighted, San Diego was chosen because of its strong technology sector, local innovators, green practices, smart public planning and unparalleled quality of life. The documentary goes beyond the weather and lifestyle that most people know about to credit the city’s talent, innovation and creativity at the core of its economic boom.

In the past year alone, San Diego ranked as the 11th highest in employment growth rate of the most populous U.S. metro cities and, according to the Regional Economic Development Corporation, touted 138,000 jobs supporting the city’s innovation economy.

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National Geographic Channel’s “World’s Smart Cities: San Diego” documentary is an unprecedented exploration of the 8th largest U.S. city where technology, talent and innovation create a new urban environment – one that will emerge as a leading city in the 21st century.

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