MIPIM 2018
The “San Diego Tijuana Mega Region” was showcased at MIPIM 2018 in Cannes, France. Photo: Greater San Diego Association of Realtors

Showcasing the “San Diego Tijuana Mega Region” as a top spot for real estate development opportunities was the aim in Cannes, France last week.

The region was featured at MIPIM, an international real estate conference that officials said brought together thousands of real estate and government leaders, as well as over 5,000 investors from around the world.

The San Diego Tijuana Mega Region is a collaboration between the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors, the San Diego Regional EDC, USD Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, the San Diego EB-5 Regional Center and the City of San Diego. The goal at MIPIM, collaborators said, was to “showcase the entire region as a top place for capital investment through commercial development opportunities and to connect interested partners.”

The regional “pitch book” showcased two local development opportunities for capital investment, Metropolitan Airpark and Millenia Office.

The pitch book also touted the San Diego Tijuana Mega Region as “the busiest land border in the world, with a social, economic and legal symbiosis and a GDP of more than $230 billion.”

It listed genomics, robotics, machine learning, precision medicine, and biofuel technologies, wireless communications, unmanned aerial vehicles, and mobile health as areas in which the region excels. Showcased at the trade show booth was local San Diego craft beer from Ballast Point, Karl Strauss, Rough Draft and Stone breweries. Sponsors included SDG&E and CCIM San Diego.

“The conference was a huge success for us,” said Matt Belcher, CEO and co-founder of San Diego EB-5 Regional Center. “We met many companies that want to talk in more detail about our opportunities, and I know from those meetings and discussions we are going to be doing business with some of the companies.”