Starting in July, thousands of pedestrians can expect a choice when crossing the border from Tijuana to San Ysidro. A new entrance called PedWest is scheduled to open on the west side of the port’s vehicle lanes, augmenting the current entrance on the east. The PedWest entrance initially will have 12 lanes that connect with Mexico’s El Chaparral facility. The plan for PedWest is that 10 lanes normally would serve pedestrians entering the United States, with two lanes set aside for southbound crossers. But depending on demand, their directions could be reversed.
Click here for US Embassy Official Press Release
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Thumbsat recently opened a testing and manufacturing facility in Tijuana. Please see the full article with details about this exciting new project in the Cali-Baja Region.
Fox the sixth consecutive year, the manufacturing and research facility in Tijuana owned by Santa-Cruz based Plantronics ranked the number one place to work in Mexico (yes, the entire nation of Mexico). Congratulations to our friend Jorge Ruvalcaba and his team, Plant Manger for Plantronics in Tijuana.
Click here to read the full article (in Spanish)
Last Friday, CALTRANS and SANDAG celebrated several crucial developments related to border infrastructure in Otay Mesa:
1) The opening of SR-11 Phase 1
2) The upcoming groundbreaking of the SR-125 southbound connectors and progress on the northbound SR-125 connectors, which should be completed the end of this year.
Thank you for moving our projects forward!
The City is proposing more than 4,400 homes in the industrial area of Otay Mesa, along Cactus Road and Siempre Viva. The Chamber has made several requests to the City regarding this Central Village Specific Plan but the two critical ones are:
a) Require a separate transportation access is built before residents move in. Currently, the only access street to the proposed Village is Britannia, which is a major truck route and which will handle an additional 1,800 trucks, when the Otay Truck Route Phase IV is implemented.
b) Ensure, adequate buffers, preferably 1,000 ft., are included by the residential developer between the heavy industrial zone and the proposed village.
Please see our enclosed letter to Mayor Faulconer and the City Council. If your business is in that area, we encourage you to review the plan and provide comments to the City.
Central Village Specific Plan
SCORE provides free business start up-advice, as well as access to specialized workshops.
Customs and Border Protection PIN Notices
The South County Career Center offers a number of free Business Services, which include:
- Recruitment and hiring assistance
- Job descriptions and Job postings
- Marketing and distribution of openings
- Job Fairs
- Recruitment events
- Space available for one on one interviews
- Labor Market Information
- Sector Strategy Information
- Up to date regional information on hiring trends
- Customized Training
- Tax Credits
- Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) (Federal)
Take advantage of Substantial Financial Benefits with reimbursement of 50% of the wages earned by eligible new workers. It’s quick and simple – all paperwork is managed by the South County Career Center. Cash back for every new employee in the program you train and hire.
For additional details, download the OJT flyer and contact one of our Business Services staff
On the Job Training Flyer
If you are new to international trade, the CITD international trade specialists can help guide you through the the complexities of importing and/or exporting to expand their operations globally through informative seminars and workshops as well as one-on-one counseling.