National Geographic to feature San Diego in ‘World’s Smart Cities’ documentary

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National Geographic will premiere the TV show ‘World’s Smart Cities: San Diego’ on The National Geographic Channel this Saturday, April 25th at 8 a.m. and again on May 2nd at 8 a.m.

The show features information on green technology through the use and adoption of electric vehicles in addition to the thriving biotechnology industry. San Diego employs one of the highest proportion of biotech employees and generates some of the highest revenues in California, and arguably, the world.

In addition to focusing on business, the documentary showcases the laid back, relaxed environment that makes San Diego so special – from beach culture to our outdoor lifestyle, to the unique ‘small town’ feel that you get from a neighborhood-centric layout of the city. The restaurant and craft beer industries, wildlife conservation efforts and educational innovation will also be showcased in the documentary.


San Diego is one of only four cities worldwide (and the only one in the US) that will be featured. This did not come cheap, however. Mayor Faulkner and  Joe Terzi from the San Diego Tourism Authority explain in the video below that the video cost roughly $11 million to be featured. Terzi says the funds were raised mostly for distributions and to “get the project out of the US and into the international markets.”

You can catch the National Geographic premiere on The National Geographic Channel this Saturday, April 25th at 8 a.m. and again on May 2nd at 8 a.m. The other documentaries will showcase Bucharest, Romania; Adelaide, Australia; and Durban, South Africa.

San Diego resident for over 10 years, I now call this beautiful city home. Originally from the Bay Area, I'm a California girl at heart. I love the outdoors, fitness, food, and a good craft beer (from San Diego of course).

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