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A delegation of San Diego business leaders is jetting to London this weekend in a bid to forge deeper business ties with companies and officials in England.

Led by Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, the 22-person contingent will include San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. Chairman Vince Mudd, ESET President and CEO Andrew Lee, San Diego Tourism Authority President and CEO Joe Terzi, and Biocomm Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Landress, among many others.

Investments from London account for 5,900 jobs in San Diego, according to the EDC. Collectively, the United Kingdom makes up 25 percent of foreign investment in San Diego.

The two cities have been linked by the Global Cities Initiative, a joint project between the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase designed to help economic leaders engage global markets.

Connections between the cities include BAE Systems, based in London, which runs a major shipyard in San Diego. Conversely, San Diego-based Cubic Corp. manufactures the fare collection system used by the London subway.

The trip will include an event to connect with University of California system alumni who live and work in the London area; a panel on driving down the cost of health care in both countries; meetings with British Airways, BAE Systems and U.S. Embassy officials; and a showing of the National Geographic “Smart Cities” documentary about San Diego, according to the EDC.

The delegation is scheduled to return Thursday.

— City News Service

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