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NorCalDEC News and Education

Part of the DEC's mission is to educate businesses, elected leaders, and other stakeholders on the critical role of international business in the U.S. economy. This page shares recent news and activities on this subject.


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Export Initiative

President Obama, in his State of the Union Address of January 27, 2010 stated:

"...We need to export more of our goods. Because the more products we make and sell to other countries, the more jobs we support right here in America. So tonight, we set a new goal: We will double our exports over the next five years, an increase that will support two million jobs in America. To help meet this goal, we're launching a National Export Initiative that will help farmers and small businesses increase their exports, and reform export controls consistent with national security.

"We have to seek new markets aggressively, just as our competitors are. If America sits on the sidelines while other nations sign trade deals, we will lose the chance to create jobs on our shores.

"But realizing those benefits also means enforcing those agreements so our trading partners play by the rules. And that's why we'll continue to shape a Doha trade agreement that opens global markets, and why we will strengthen our trade relations in Asia and with key partners like South Korea and Panama and Colombia."


Paper on the Importance of Local Commerce Offices
Response to questions about eliminating local Export Assistance Centers.
February 5, 2010

Paper on Domestic Field (PDF 60K)

Letter to Ambassador Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative
Regarding exporting for small and medium enterprises. January 10, 2010
Kirk Letter (PDF 120K)


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(above) Former Commerce Secretary Gary Locke presents a Presidential E Award for Export Service to DEC member Susanne Stirling of the California Chamber of Commerce, November 2009

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(above, left to right) Royce Nicolaisen, Former Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, and DEC member Everett Golden at presentation of Presidential E Award for Exporting, November 2009

(above) California DEC members and E Award recipients gather with Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce Ro Khanna


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