29th Annual Leadership Study Mission

August 26-28, 2020
San Diego, California 

Hotel: InterContinental San Diego

Wednesday, August 26
Southwest Airlines flight 277 - Departing Nashville at 8 a.m. and arriving in San Diego at 10:10 a.m.

Friday, August 28
Southwest Airlines flight 2084 - Departing San Diego at 2:50 p.m. and arriving in Nashville at 8:40 p.m.

Agenda as of 4/29/20

Questions? Contact Paige Anderson.

About the Leadership Study Mission


Leadership Study Mission is the Nashville Area Chamber’s annual community development initiative in which community leaders study best practices and lessons learned in another city on a variety of timely topics identified as regional priorities. The 130-person delegation includes key leaders, members of the Metropolitan Council, Nashville business and nonprofit leaders, and other local and regional elected officials.

2020 Visit Topics of Interest

  • Economic Inclusion - San Diego has seen tremendous growth. This economic transformation has presented challenges for future growth. We’ll learn from San Diego’s challenges on how they’ve undertaken issues around inclusivity and maintained a desirable place to live and do business.
  • Affordability / Accessibility - The San Diego region and California are experiencing a housing crisis. The development of housing has not increased at the same level of population growth meaning housing costs have increased greater than income levels. We’ll learn from San Diego leaders on unique ways they’ve been able to identify means to close the housing gap.
  • Regional Talent Pipeline - San Diego’s economy depends on a highly educated and highly skilled workforce. With having the largest federal military workforce in the country, the defense industry represents one out of every five jobs in the region. We’ll learn how San Diego has positioned itself as a leader in building the talent pipeline.
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  • Innovation - San Diego is recognized as one of the leading high-tech leaders in the United States and is home to the largest concentration of military assets in the world. As the defense industry grows, local entrepreneurs have expanded into international markets. With Nashville’s growing number of international companies and our close proximity to Fort Campbell, the delegation will hear from San Diego leaders about these converging and emerging sectors.
  • Economic Development - Our delegation will learn about San Diego’s strategic vision for the future, quality of life assets and overall business climate.

About San Diego, CA

Leadership Study Mission: A History

The Leadership Study Mission is the Chamber’s community development initiative in which leaders explore best practices and lessons learned in a variety of timely topics. Each year, more than 100 leaders from the Nashville region visit another city to study best practices in a variety of timely topics identified as community priorities, and return home poised to effect change.

Among the successes that have been attributed to these visits:

  • Creation of a 10-county Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee
  • Creation of a 10-county Mayors' Caucus
  • Creation of the Nashville Downtown Partnership and central business improvement district (CBID)
  • Creation of downtown bicycle and horse patrols
  • Early Awareness and support for:
    • Moving Forward – a regional transit solution
    • Music City Center
    • Schermerhorn Symphony Center
    • Nissan Stadium
    • Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods
    • Bridgestone Arena
    • Nashville's downtown and satellite library buildings
    • Nashville’s greenways plan
    • Nashville’s poverty initiative

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